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Old 26 Aug 2016, 11:43 am
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Interesting suggestion, but not quite what I am looking for as an end result.

I would like to keep it as stock as possible, but simply paint it a darker charcoal color to get rid of the fading and tape lines. I already have the adhesion promoter and bumper paint. I'm using the stuff that Chris15 had suggested way back when and is now a How-To.
they make it in a lot of different colors now just aying
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Old 26 Aug 2016, 11:51 am
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they make it in a lot of different colors now just aying
Ha! Gotcha.

Seriously though, that stuff has too much texture. More than I want.
I like the very subtle texture the stock bumper has.
I've gone back and given it a bit of a hatched pattern with a white scotch brite pad. I'll lay down some of the charcoal gray I have. If it looks good, great.
If it looks bad, then I'll likely just sand the whole thing smooth and repaint it.
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Old 26 Aug 2016, 12:09 pm
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Added it to the HOW TO section. Thanks.
And how do you get to the "How To" ... ? Can't seem to find it. Is it in the Forums or Main Page?

(It's probably right in front of my eyes, knowing me ...)

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Old 26 Aug 2016, 06:44 pm
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And how do you get to the "How To" ... ? Can't seem to find it. Is it in the Forums or Main Page?

(It's probably right in front of my eyes, knowing me ...)

Under the TECH & PERFORMANCE part of the forum there are several "stickys" that stay there all the time. One of them is titled "HOW TO". Just click on it and there is listed a couple dozen helpful links.
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Old 28 Aug 2016, 05:11 pm
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Today I had the time to paint the front and rear bumper on my PT.

First step I washed the bumpers with soap and water, rinsed them off, dried them and then cleaned them with wax and tar remover prior to paint.



Front end taped and masked, ready for Adhesion Promoter and Bumper Paint.



3 coats of Adhesion Promoter on the bumper with 2.5 minutes of drying time in between coats.



3 coats of Charcoal Gray Bumper Coating with 8.5 minutes of drying time in between coats. 1 can was exactly just enough to coat the front and back bumper.



Front bumper after 3 coats of Bumper Coating.



Close up of repaired area on front bumper after 3 coats of Bumper Coating.
In the end, I should have just sanded this area smooth with 800 or 1000 grit paper. The area is so small and the Charcoal Gray bumper coating was just dark enough to hide the smoothness.
My idea of cross hatching the area to make it look textured actually backfired in that you can see the sanding marks, so it doesn't look perfect. It look really good, but not perfect. You live and learn.
I'll let the bumper coating cure for a week and then I may sand that area smooth and respray.



Rear bumper taped and masked, ready for Adhesion Promoter and Bumper Coating.



Rear bumper after 3 coats of Adhesion Promoter and 3 coats of Bumper Coating.


All in all, I'm happy with the outcome, especially since this is my first time doing this type of repair and painting. As I said above, in the end I should have sanded the repaired area on the front bumper smoother than I did. It doesn't look horrible but it's not as perfect as I'd like. I learned something doing it this way, and that's always good.

I'm letting it all sit for about 6 hours and then I'll remove the tape and paper and reinstall the license plates, rear back up lights and rear license plate light.
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Old 28 Aug 2016, 05:25 pm
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Looks good like you said for your first attempt at this kind of repair. Now that you've done it once, you might even go to a pick-n-pull place and find a good front bumper with no tears, repaint it, and install, you should be able to get the skin pretty reasonable. But good job
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Old 28 Aug 2016, 05:29 pm
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Looks good like you said for your first attempt at this kind of repair. Now that you've done it once, you might even go to a pick-n-pull place and find a good front bumper with no tears, repaint it, and install, you should be able to get the skin pretty reasonable. But good job
Thanks. I'll see about redoing it next week to get it looking even better.

The salvage yards here in Queens are basically empty of Gen1 PT Cruisers.
If I end up getting the PT repainted in the future I may just buy a new front bumper fascia for it. We'll see.
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Old 28 Aug 2016, 07:33 pm
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Pics of the final product, with everything buttoned up.






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Old 28 Aug 2016, 07:51 pm
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From a distance, it looks fine, but as you know, because of what it looked like before you started the repair, your eye will always focus on the flaw, but over time, you too will tend to ignore it.

I do like the different bumper color on the Gen1 Cruisers (different from the body color like the Gen2) I think it gives the vehicle more depth and character.
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Old 28 Aug 2016, 08:24 pm
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From a distance, it looks fine, but as you know, because of what it looked like before you started the repair, your eye will always focus on the flaw, but over time, you too will tend to ignore it.

I do like the different bumper color on the Gen1 Cruisers (different from the body color like the Gen2) I think it gives the vehicle more depth and character.
I'll likely get used to it but, given my nature, I won't be happy till I fix it.

I'm wondering, when I do sand it smoother, will I then need to reapply 3 coats of adhesion promoter and then 3 coats of bumper coat, or will I just be able to apply bumper coat directly? I don't have enough experience to know.

I agree, about the different bumper color. I'm not a huge fan of the bumper and body color being the same.

I had considered painting the bumpers black, but after a rough photoshoping, it seemed too "cartoonish", so I opted for the charcoal gray. I like the color, too, because it now much more closely matches the stock mud flaps.
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