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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-28-2013, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Question Prep Work for the Paint Job..

So im going to be taking my bumper off tomorrow and taking it to maaco monday. As of right now in looking at the reviews on the shop that I want to go but it has mix reviews such as 3/4 good and 1/4 bad and most off it talks about "Prep work" so I was thinking if you guys could help me out by telling me how to prep the bumper before I take it that way its decent hopefully (crosses fingers). Well ok im assuming we need some sanding paper or would it be better to sand with a sanding sponge? What grit to use ( member theres no paint on it now) so I would assume that a very fine grit to corse the surface for there paint to stick.. and the I guess wash and wipe the mess off and wrap it up...
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Fist mistake is going to maaco
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Check youtube, tons if videos of prep work. Macco paints good, it's the prep they suck at.
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Coming from someone who works in a body shop, it depends on what kind of condition you bumper is in. There is a lot of factors that could mess up a paint job. If its in decent condition and you just wanted it to be repainted, it could be done with just a red scotch bright scuff pad. If you bumper needs body work, using to aggressive grit sand paper will show sand scratches through the paint. And the list goes on. If ur wanting a cheap job go for macco but if u want ur money's worth take it to a professional body shop or car dealer. Just giving you my two cents


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Yea I made up my mind with not going to maaco after stressing out last night about thinking about it.. so im just gonna wait couple weeks to call up places and check I mean brand new bumper nothing wrong with it just need prep prime base and clear.. maybe il call around tomorrow I wonder how much a dealer would charge to paint it...
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Well now im plasti dipping my car
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Well now im plasti dipping my car
Do you think that's the best idea? I would think maaco would be better than Plasti dipping it all yourself

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a big amount of plasti-dip just drives me insane, makes me want to walk to the car and just peel a portion off

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