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Old 05-15-2012, 08:32 AM   #1
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Rustoleum front bumpers prep

What is the recommended prep work for repainting stock bumpers, fenders, mirrors, and maybe tirerack.
Going to use rattlecan.

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Old 05-15-2012, 08:50 AM   #2
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Clean them with soap and water, scuff them up with a Scotch-Brite pad, wipe them down with acetone or mineral spirits, and then spray away. I recommend Rustoleum truck bedliner spray as it will stick to anything but Trim Paint will work if you prefer a texture free finish.

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Old 05-15-2012, 08:51 AM   #3
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For the fenders, all you need to do is make sure they are clean and then i wiped them down with alcohol. Sprayed two coats of bedliner, waiting about 15-20 minutes between coats. Very happy with the results.

Plan to do the bumpers soon.
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:00 AM   #4
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I would wash them, sand them down a little, then wipe them down with some denatured alcohol.

The best tip for a rattlecan job is always start of with a very light first coat. With that coat you're not worried about coverage, just getting a little paint on all of the surface. Let the first coat dry for 10-15 min before continuing. This will really help prevent runs.
I don't know if you heard me counting, I did over a thousand.
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:09 AM   #5
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Yeah, just use a lot of tarp to protect the area unless you've got room. I wiped down, scuffed with some steel wool, laid on a little spray primer and then hit it with three coats of rattlecan. Light coats are the best - and touch ups are no problem. I used rustoleum primer and paint. No issues and looks pretty good.
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Old 05-26-2012, 06:40 PM   #6
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Doing the mirrors and brackets today, I'll post pics when they are dry.

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