New bumper covers need paint

Tiny
THOMAS WALKER
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  • 2007 HONDA CIVIC
  • 1.8L
  • 4 CYL
  • 170,000 MILES
My car bumpers are cracked and need replaced. Got some new plastic replacements that need painted. How can I do an acceptable job without spending a fortune on paint, hardeners, sealers, etc?

We have some experience with paint, but this time they are quoting costs in excess of $700.00 just for the coatings. Frankly, this car isn't worth that much. What are the consequences of just leaving the covers unpainted, showing their original black beyond the fact they won't match the car?
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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021 AT 8:15 AM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi Tom, there really are no consequences leaving them black. As far as painting them, if you are willing to let them black, I would just get a few cans of paint made for plastic that matches your car. That's the cheapest thing to do. You can't use regular paint. It needs to have a flex additive in it, otherwise, anytime you push on the plastic and it flexes, the paint will crack.

Also, if you have a paint sprayer, use a single-stage urethane paint with a flex additive. That is the cheapest way I know if to do it that way.

I attached the directions below for the removal and replacement of the front and rear covers.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have other questions.

Take care,

Joe

See pics below.
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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021 AT 9:20 PM
Tiny
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Thanks Joe. Do I need a primer undercoat for the urethane?
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Thursday, August 5th, 2021 AT 1:00 PM
Tiny
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Tom,

Joe is away for a little bit.

Yes, you must use a primer before applying the topcoat.

Roy
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Saturday, August 7th, 2021 AT 5:54 PM

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