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Stone chips - front bumper renovated

Hello folks

As it's not particularly easy to show lots of images here I've done a short write up on Detailing World here.

Tell me what you think, could it have been improved, is there a product to fill the chips before hand? Has anyone else done this?

Overall I'm happy, as you can't see all the white spots on the bumper lip anymore.

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My front bumper was chipped like yours so I got it removed and resprayed. Of course I still get chips, so I build up a layer of paint very carefully, and then simply cut it back with t cut and then go over the area with polish. However, given the amount of chips you had, I think you got a good result.
 
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I'll try and get the [ IMG ] files on but I think I have to be a paid up member for that functionality. Anyone know for sure?

Otherwise I'll upload before and after when I get home.
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To get the [img] codes to work you have to be in the Images lounge ...well I think thats right
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I love this forum and spend hours on it.

However, one of the worst things about it is how difficult it is to simply download pics into a post. Yes I know there is a whole procedure at the foot of the "go advanced" page, selecting "manage attachments", etc etc but it is a PITA and the majority of members don't use it and it makes posts so difficult to read, having to open up pic after pic after pic.

Why is it like this???

Sorry did not mean to hijack your thread.
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No probs Springbok, I know where you are coming from.

I've downsized some photos and have now uploaded them. To see more and bigger photos go to the original post and click the link to DW.

What you will see here is a couple of shots of the bumper, which are typical of the whole bumper. These were filled with 2 coats of paint and 1 coat lacquer.

Then sanded progressively with 2000 grit then 3000 grit final sand, plenty of soapy water used.

Finally the bumper was wiped clean and polished by hand using Sonus hand polish bundle (see here) 2 shots of SFX-1 and 1 pass of SFX-3. Then wax applied.

Middle right shows the finish after two hits of SFX-1. Final shot is the bottom right after SFX-3 applied (but not waxed).

Hope this works after typing this lol.

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Thanks mate, very kind of you.

The rant was not aimed at you specifically but just in general as I am a member of a number of forums (Alfa, DW and other detailing forums and they ALL are so easy to down load pics.

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I have seen those kits and results and they always seem to give good results, hope that you were happy with yours! And on the plus side it will stop the rust kicking in! Well done for having the nerve of taking this on!
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My front bumper was chipped like yours so I got it removed and resprayed.
However, given the amount of chips you had, I think you got a good result.
Thanks mate. Thought about the respray but two factors prevented me: 1 - cost and 2 - quality. I've had two cars now with front bumpers painted by the dealers under used approved schemes (Audi and Mercedes) and both were noticeable resprays. Not to say that's always the case and certainly up close the stone chips are noticeable, but the 40 spent on materials is a good bit less than 250 for a decent paint job.

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I have seen those kits and results and they always seem to give good results, hope that you were happy with yours! And on the plus side it will stop the rust kicking in! Well done for having the nerve of taking this on!
Yes you need a bit of nerves, but main thing is take your time, don't rush it and always stop and check what's happening beneath the paper. Heavy handedness won't do you any favours here, light pressure on the pad is the way to go, takes longer but it's all down to being patient.

As for the polish kit, the next plan is to eventually hand polish the whole car. It won't give the result of a machine correction polish but I know it will be improved.
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As for the polish kit, the next plan is to eventually hand polish the whole car. It won't give the result of a machine correction polish but I know it will be improved.
Look forward to seeing the results
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