How To: Painting the middle of the front bumper - evolutionm.net



Lancer How To Requests / Questions / Tips If you have any questions, post them in here.

How To: Painting the middle of the front bumper

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Sep 17, 2007, 05:32 PM   #1
Evolving Member
Thread Starter
 
bluewaterDEMON's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 206
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Drives: 1995 Mustang V6, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer

How To: Painting the middle of the front bumper

I would first like to say that I am NOT a professional auto body painter. However, this is not my first time painting a small part of a vehicle. Do this modification at your own risk, and be very careful. The more time you spend doing the prep-work, the better the results.

Tools required:

- Short (stubby) phillips head screwdriver
- Needle nose pliers
- Sand paper (I suggest 600 grit, and 2000 grit)
- Automotive masking tape (green)
- Flat black paint (Highly recommend dupli-color bumper paint)
- Plenty of old newspaper
- Rubbing alcohol


Step #1:

First you will need to remove all the accessory stuff off of the front bumper. This includes the lincese plate, bolt sleeves, bumper pop-out, radiator cover, and upper grille. To remove the bumper pop-out, just insert a screw driver and pry-out. I'm not really sure what the purpose of this fake tow-hook cover is for. I decided to sand this down, and paint it while it was off the vehicle.




Remove the license plate, and the bolt sleeves. They will slide out fairly easily. You can choose to fill in these-holes, or leave them there. I decided to leave them there, because Maryland law requires a front plate.




The radiator cover is held down with 6 plastic push-pins. You will need needle nose pliers to remove the pins, and a screwdriver for the two plastic screws near the air intake duct. I have the locations of the plastic fasteners circled in the picture.



Once the radiator cover is off and out of the way, you will than have access to the screws for the upper grille. There are 5 screws in total, and 4 clips. There is one screw at each corner, and one screw in the upper middle. You will need a very short phillips head screwdriver for this. Make sure you remove the correct screws! After all of the screws have been removed, there are still four clips holding the grille in place. You can use a pair of needle nose pliers to squeeze the clips, or your fingers. Make sure you pull on the grille (carefully!) while working with the clips.




Step #2:

Now is time for the fun stuff. I know rubbing sand paper on fresh paint will make your stomach drop, but the results are well-worth the effort! You will need a garden hose, or spray bottle, to keep the front bumper wet during the wet-sanding process. Start off with a very low grit sand-paper (I used 600 grit) to remove the clear coat from the paint, and work your way up to a very smooth grit (I went with 2000). Take plenty of time, and do not rush with this step! Also, pay attention not to accidently sand any parts that are not being painted!

When you are finished with the wet-sanding, make sure you dry the front bumper off and remove all moisture! You will use rubbing alcohol later on to finish cleaning up the surface for paint.




Step #3:

This is very lengthy and time consuming. Masking the bumper off and creating the paint lines. They must be perfect, or the results will not be good! Spend plenty of time laying down the masking tape. This ensures a professional-looking result. I spent a good 40 minutes on this part alone. Keep in mind, the surface can not be wet or dirty, or the masking tape will not stick.



Now everything that is not being painted needs to be covered up. I have always used news paper. Use atleast 3 or 4 layers of news paper.



Step #4:

Now it is time to paint! First, use rubbing alcohol on the painting surface to remove any dust or dirt. I used Dupli-color flat black bumper paint. This paint works very well with urethane, and drys really quickly. Practice spraying the paint on some newspaper before you start on the lancer! Make sure the rattle can's tip is spraying correctly, and that the pattern is good. Once you feel comfortable, you can now begin on the lancer. Always start off of the painting surface, and finish off of the painting surface. This way the paint-pattern is smooth and even. Make sure you shake the can many times during the painting process. I went with about 7 thin coats, and waited about 15 minutes between each coat of paint. When you are finished painting, I would recommend giving the paint a good hour or so to completely dry, before removing the masking tape and newspaper.

There is no need for a clear coat with this paint. The dupli-color bumper paint is very easy to clean, and take care of.




Finished results:



Offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old Sep 17, 2007, 05:50 PM   #2
Evolving Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: NEW York
Posts: 392
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Drives: 08 Lancer GTS

very nice write up
Offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old Sep 17, 2007, 06:49 PM   #3
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: middle east
Posts: 18
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Drives: Lancer GLS 2008

very nice look! which i had the guts/handy experience to do the same to my ES
Offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old Sep 20, 2007, 01:49 PM   #4
Newbie
 
solsonic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 50
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Drives: '08 Lancer GTS

Dude, Thanks for this!
Offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old Sep 20, 2007, 05:39 PM   #5
Evolving Member
 
GTS08's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Carolina, Puerto Rico
Posts: 259
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Drives: Lancer GTS 2008 Turbocharged

man its awesome I like the way you did it I wish I could have a lighter color on my car its black so I think Its useless to paint it jeje
Offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old Sep 20, 2007, 07:18 PM   #6
EvoM Staff Alumni
iTrader: (88)
 
Blacksheepdj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Concord Township, Ohio
Posts: 8,733
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

Drives: 2004 Ford Explorer

Quote:
Originally Posted by GTS08 View Post
man its awesome I like the way you did it I wish I could have a lighter color on my car its black so I think Its useless to paint it jeje
Paint it gray like the Evo X is... ?
Offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old Sep 20, 2007, 07:39 PM   #7
Evolving Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Brick City Ohio
Posts: 228
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Drives: 08 Lancer GTS Graphite

how long do you think this duplicolor will last in ohio with harsh winters
Offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old Sep 20, 2007, 07:42 PM   #8
Evolved Member
iTrader: (9)
 
atilla's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: NH
Posts: 1,240
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Drives: 02 OZ

not too long... i have never had a single good experience with dupli-color paint aside from their high heat ceramic stuff. anything else and you're done for. use real paint!
Offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old Sep 20, 2007, 08:01 PM   #9
Newbie
 
hiposon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: west covina, ca / ft. bliss, tx / el paso, tx
Posts: 14
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Drives: 08 lancer

wow that looks real good..i would of done it myself..but living in barracks on a military base..prohibits us to work on our car in the parking lot..so i ended up taking my lancer to a near by paint shop...-_-...
Offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old Sep 21, 2007, 08:57 AM   #10
EvoM Staff Alumni
iTrader: (88)
 
Blacksheepdj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Concord Township, Ohio
Posts: 8,733
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

Drives: 2004 Ford Explorer

Quote:
Originally Posted by Eagles GTS View Post
how long do you think this duplicolor will last in ohio with harsh winters
That depends on YOU.

If you prepare the car well, paint it well, and use clearcoat to protect it, it should be OK. It's all about the workmanship.
Offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old Sep 21, 2007, 04:38 PM   #11
Evolving Member
Thread Starter
 
bluewaterDEMON's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 206
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Drives: 1995 Mustang V6, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer

Quote:
Originally Posted by atilla View Post
not too long... i have never had a single good experience with dupli-color paint aside from their high heat ceramic stuff. anything else and you're done for. use real paint!
Dupli-color is real paint! I've had the Dupli-color bumper paint on my mustang's rear bumper for over 2 years now, and it still looks amazing. All depends on how good the prep-work is!
Offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old Sep 21, 2007, 05:16 PM   #12
Evolving Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Brick City Ohio
Posts: 228
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Drives: 08 Lancer GTS Graphite

How much do you think it will cost to have a pro paint shop do it.
Offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old Sep 22, 2007, 06:02 AM   #13
Evolving Member
Thread Starter
 
bluewaterDEMON's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 206
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Drives: 1995 Mustang V6, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer

Quote:
Originally Posted by Eagles GTS View Post
How much do you think it will cost to have a pro paint shop do it.
No idea my friend. The painting shop might want to remove the front bumper, so there will be labor for R&R on that. Than labor and parts for prep, paint, etc. I would guess that it will not be cheap.
Offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old Nov 21, 2007, 07:27 AM   #14
Evolving Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Calgary, Canada
Posts: 251
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Drives: 08 Lancer GTS

not sure about paints...

but for 'duplicolour' paint.. you dont have to apply a coat on top of it? wouldnt it chip off and stuff? or is this special paint... just worried about it chipping if you dont put the kinda gloss coat over top... O_o
Offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old Nov 21, 2007, 04:34 PM   #15
Evolving Member
Thread Starter
 
bluewaterDEMON's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 206
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Drives: 1995 Mustang V6, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer

Quote:
Originally Posted by stefan.bounket View Post
not sure about paints...

but for 'duplicolour' paint.. you dont have to apply a coat on top of it? wouldnt it chip off and stuff? or is this special paint... just worried about it chipping if you dont put the kinda gloss coat over top... O_o
Gloss will not protect the bumper from rock chips. I believe you mean clear coat. Clear coats are just an extra layer of protection, but I used about 7-8 layers of bumper paint. I am not worried about getting a chip.

I like the flat-black look anyways, the glossy look just wouldn't flow. If anything does happen to the flat-black, I could always repaint it myself.
Offline
 
Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Painting Brembos how to GoBot Evo How To Requests / Questions / Tips 278 May 31, 2016 01:27 PM
How To: Installing Mitsubishi Aux/MP3 cable bluewaterDEMON Lancer Audio and Security (All models) 169 Nov 1, 2014 08:11 PM
Repair/Paint your Console/Ashtray Jameson_IXMR Evo How To Requests / Questions / Tips 24 Apr 15, 2013 06:13 PM
How To Black out Headlight (Detail) Evoryder Evo How Tos / Installations 7 Mar 5, 2006 07:42 PM
What grit sand paper for paint dexterdizzle EvoM Newbie / FAQs Forum 10 Aug 18, 2004 06:43 PM


Tags
08, 2008, area, black, blackout, bumper, cut, gts, install, lancer, lower, paint, painted, small, vinyl, vynil

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:22 AM.


 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
What's your question?
Send