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Some kind soul reversed into my car at the end of last year and cracked the paint on the bumper.
After a few months of rain, snow and now the searing heat of the Scottish summer the paint is cracked in several places and looks a right mess.
Does anyone know if this is easy to fix or is it a job for a paint shop ?

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Drew
 

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It depends whether you are any good with an aerosol can!
Basically you want to rub it down with wet and dry paper working up to 800 grade. Prime first with a plastic primer, don't forget to mask everything off well!
The hardest bit will be top coating it. You can get an exact match from a local auto paint company mixed in an aerosol for less than £10, ready to spray and a good quality. Don't forget metallic needs a clear laquer too!
My advice is if you really want to do this is to get one of the Haynes books on bodywork and have a read. The book and the paint will probably set you back about £35-40 but it will take some practice to get it right. Painting is a definite art. I practiced by getting an old damaged panel (like a bootlid or door, usually free) from a bodyshop and played until my results were good. Don't just jump in on the car unless you have done it before.

Get a quote from a bodyshop, it will probably come out around £100-£150 to paint the bumper. They will match the paint exactly, you can be sure it will be a good job and if not take it back.

Hope this helps.


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