Chip it all off the black plastic part of the bumper... Mask up around it and cover the rear end with old unused wall paper (everyone has a roll somewhere) to prevent overspray...
You will need a spray tin of "plastic primer"
A spray tin in your car colour... Most motor factors will mix it for you with the correct paint code usually located on the boot lid lip.
1200 grit wet and dry paper
A household green scouring pad (not to harsh)
A tack cloth
a spray tin of clear laquer...
A clear, dry and slightly warm day with little or no wind.
Once all the old paint
has been removed rub down the black bump strip with the scouring pad in order to key the surface so the primer has something to stick too (very fine grooves that are hardly visible to you).
Clean off the surface with a panel wipe and allow ten minutes for it to dry off... Don't touch it with your fingers, just leave it.
thoroughly shake your spray tin of primer as per instructions.
8" away, start spraying the plastic primer in a very light even coat... You don't have to cover it completely or it will probably end up with run marks! Just a light dusting as all will be revealed next.
Wait ten minutes and perform yet another light dusting. Repeat the process again ten minutes later... after 5 light dustings you should have a pretty even coat on there that you can no longer see the black plastic...
Have a cuppa and leave it for at least 45 minutes for the primer to harden off properly.
Wet and dry paper next and applying gentle pressure and some water to lubricate the process start rubbing down any imperfections you see and feel with your hand... Don't go crazy and rub through the primer... Gently does it.
Allow to dry off a little and carefully clean off with a clean dry towel.
Use another panel wipe gently just to get rid of any greasy marks etc.
Allow ten minutes for it to dissipate and now use the tack cloth to get rid of any bits of fluff, dust, stray hairs etc.
Now follow the same principle you did with the primer in your colour coat... Very light dustings one at a time and allow time between for each coat to dry... You are attempting to get a very even cover of the same colour... The more coats you do lightly, the better the finish.
look for any imperfections after a further cuppa... a simple even gentler rub down with wet and dry is all it needs but bear in mind that the more you rub, the less top coat you have and it will end up mottled... Dry off, panel wipe and tack cloth again and apply another light coat of your chosen colour if needed to get rid of any mottled effect.
Give it an hour this time to harden off, spray paint takes longer than the primer.
Tack cloth it again to remove contaminants..
Now we come to the clear laquer... Tricky stuff as it is a lot thicker and takes longer to go off so take your time apply light coats but leave 25 minutes between coats... Do not touch it... It may look dry on the surface but soft underneath... Just make sure you have an even, but light shine... Only two or three coats is enough but if you have missed any bits, wait until it's dry and re-apply again.
Once you are happy, leave it for an hour at least before removing the coverings and masking tape, pulling away from the the freshly painted surface at all times...
Be happy and leave the fresh paint for a few days to harden properly before washing..
You may have noticed by now that the laquer may not be as shiny as the rest of the bumper, thats normal and all it needs is a gentle, even rub down of fine cutting compound... wash it off and check it again... It should be somewhere near... Apply the cutting compound again and repeat... The longer and gentler you take, the better the quality of finish and you won't notice the difference from factory paint to your own DIY.
You can now polish the area up to your hearts content and be proud
Or you can pay a body shop £200-300 and they will do it for you
Hi,I have uploaded a pic of paint chips on rear bumper.
Does anyone have any idea of best way to repaint,cover so it all blends back to original.
Also I would like to know if mirror base plates are cheap to plastic coat or is there an alternative way of bringing them back to life?