Bumper Black Out

Bumper Black Out

Postby ryyiann [OP] » March 24th 2012, 12:29pm

I decided to do a little body work to my 1992 Astro. It had a dented up rear 1/4 pannel that banged out as best i could. Decided not to bondo. Went straight to a can of spray primer after sanding with 80 grit. Then i layed down a few thin coats of flat black. It turned out pretty good.

The day before i went to sherman williams automotive paint shop with my paint code for a custom paint matched can of spray. The stuff they made me was super metallic they said. It laid down pretty easily. If i hadnt taped it off in such an akward place you wouldnt be able to see the line. I think over all the 40 dollar cost of painting both the quarter pannel and bumper turned out to be... good... or something like :confused:


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Let me know what you think of my work or if you have any advice on how i could improve
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Re: Bumper Black Out

Postby Jasen » March 25th 2012, 3:17am

1. you'll never get a good color match with a paint code on an old rig.
2. next time follow the body lines, that'll help hide it.
In a few days you could skillfully wet sand the paint edge down a bit, hit it with some hand rubbing compound and wax it. That might help it blend in a bit.

Either way, it looks better then a dent :)

I've got a nasty dent in the same spot drivers side, someone was good enough to give me in a parking lot.
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Re: Bumper Black Out

Postby ryyiann [OP] » March 26th 2012, 1:19am

thanks for the advice...
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Re: Bumper Black Out

Postby TDMobile » March 27th 2012, 5:48am

Did you clear over that repair? If you decide to knock down that line, no matter how skillful you are, you're going to break through the color and end up feathering out the primer.

If you want it to look better than a Maaco job, make sure you have enough color to do two more coats of the area you primed, and a nice full can of spray can clearcoat. When you tape it up, tape off the entire quarter, up to the slot for the sliding door. Use 400 grit wet/dry sand paper and a bucket of water to dip it in. Using diagonal strokes in all directions, sand the hard line smooth, making sure you don't sand only on the line itself, but about 2-3" above and below and use even pressure the entire time. Use the bucket to keep the sandpaper clean, or if you can, use a hose with an adjustable nozzle to spray the paper, and to frequently clear the panel of the gunk.

After that line is gone and you you prep the rest of the panel (preferably with 800 grit wet/dry paper), mask around the panel. Then with your color, start at the bottom and spray up to the edge of the repair and about 1/2" beyond. For the second coat, try to maintain even coverage over the repair and bring the color slightly higher, pulling the can back a little so the color isn't as concentrated, giving it a "fading" effect. For the final coat, again start at the bottom, and bring the color a bit higher still, pulling the can further away as you get to the highest point that you'll put color. Wait about 5 minutes between coats of color.

After your color is done, wait 8-10 minutes. Start spraying the clear so the center of the pattern is at the edge of your tape (the slider door groove), and each pass should overlap the previous pass by 50% - The top of the pattern will be at the center of the previous pass, or the center of the pattern will be at the bottom of your previous pass. After the first coat is complete, wait another 8-10 minutes and repeat the process. Your first coat should look about 85% of the shine that you want as the end result, and the second coat should look about 95% of what you want for the end result.

The times I listed above are for temps between 60-70 degrees. I have no idea what your weather will look like, so if you need more specific flash times, PM me and let me know what temperature it should be when you're planning on doing the repair.

Hope this helps!
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Re: Bumper Black Out

Postby paintdrying » March 27th 2012, 2:20pm

Good post! I made the mistake of putting to light of a paint coat on. I also screwed up the clear coat. Next time I will take your advice. Nothing beats experience
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Re: Bumper Black Out

Postby TDMobile » March 27th 2012, 6:56pm

Advice is always free from me, just don't ask me to paint something for free :rofl:
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