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Plasti dipping front bumper pieces.

Postby rmanny91 [OP] » Dec 04 2012, 8:58pm

Hello everyone, im planning on plastic dipping the bumper pad the lower valace and the lower piece (I think its called air dam) and grille this weekend on my 05 silverado, but I will like to know more about how take off the complete front bumper if necessary to get the job done right . Have anyone done this project before?? Is there any website I can check out a video about the bumper removal? Any tips will help. Thanks for your time.
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Re: Plasti dipping front bumper pieces.

Postby l. fopps » Dec 04 2012, 11:10pm

I painted mine about 4 years ago, without removing them from the bumper, I just got news paper and painters tape and masked off the chrome well. I used rustoleum high beat flat black 4 years ago on my grille upper bumper trim and lower air dam did zero prep work to the plastics and somehow its all still in perfect shape. I was young and dumb and luckily it worked out, but definitely hit the surfaces with prepsol before spraying. If you take a look at the last post on red truck roll call you can see how it turned out.
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Re: Plasti dipping front bumper pieces.

Postby ricka182 » Dec 05 2012, 12:01am

I have an '06, and yours is probably similar to mine. There should be 4 bolts total, 2 on each side. 2 going under, and 2 I had to remove coming from the top, between grille and radiator. Honestly though, you could save time and frustration taking it off by masking properly. it should only take a few minutes to mask, and even with a bit of overspray, PlastiDip just peels off. The valance is attached to the bumper, and does come off, but it somewhat a pain in the ass. The air dam should just be removed and tossed. Your truck will look better, and it has no ill effect on mileage.

Also, multiple thin coats will look better, and last longer than trying 1-2 heavy coats. I did 4 coats on the front parts, with 30 minutes in between each coat.
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Re: Plasti dipping front bumper pieces.

Postby rmanny91 [OP] » Dec 05 2012, 2:29am

L.fopps-Thanks for the advise Glad everything worked out for you, you gave me a good idea of what kind of paint to use that was going to be my next question lol im also going to be plasti dipping the chrome line on the door trim because water got to it and now it looks nasty gold :/...

Ricka182-Thanks I looked things through and I wont be taking the bumper off just masking all areas that might get oversprayed ill make sure I do thin coats so the plasti dip can stick dont want it to chip in the near future... We'll see how it turns out ill try to post pics...
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Re: Plasti dipping front bumper pieces.

Postby l. fopps » Dec 05 2012, 8:53pm

No problem man. Did you see the pictures? Im currently painting the inside of my oem headlights with the same paint to give it an updated look that flows with the rest of the truck as well.
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Re: Plasti dipping front bumper pieces.

Postby rmanny91 [OP] » Dec 06 2012, 12:34am

l. Fopp- I saw them and they look good keep up the good work that will give the truck a true agressive look.
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Plasti dipping front bumper pieces.

Postby l. fopps » Dec 06 2012, 2:51pm

Thanks it's just my beater but I get enjoyment out of taking on mini projects
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