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Posted by: zakpak23 Posted on: December 9th, 2005, 4:40am

I ran into my girlfriend's 2000 Honda Civic (YR525M-L Titanium Metallic Clearcoat) at a stop sign and messed up her bumper. There is no damage to the bumper itself, but the paint has chipped off and scratched. Here are some pics of the damage:

As you can see the paint has come off all around that big chip and there a scratches below it. The bumper pressed in and the paint cracked but the bumper is ok.

I don't want to get it professionally done because it will cost more money than I have so I looked around and found this site. After reading everything I could find I decided on getting the 1 oz. cap-brush bottle of basecoat/clearcoat because the damage is bigger than what the pen is recommended for.

Here is where i need help, the bumper is rubberized (it's not metal or fiberglass and it feels plasticy, but i'm unfamilar with types of bumpers) and I read that there is special things you need to buy and do to make the paint stick to rubber. (The rubber primer and the addhesion promoter) But I'm unsure whether the primer has come off and I don't know how to tell.

Since I don't need to spray the paint on, will I have to use the rubberized primer or will the regular (less expensive) primer work?
Do I need to buy/use the addhesion promoter?
Will 1 oz. be enough?

Also, the thing I need help on most is making sure I have the right procedure:

1. Wash area with detergent. (What type of detergent?)
2. Use wax and grease remover. (Do I need this?)
3. Sand scratches, chips, and cracked paint smooth. (What degree 
    sandpaper? How will I know when I have sanded enough/too much?)
4. Apply layer of primer. (Just one layer? Does it matter if it overlaps old
5. Apply base coat. (How many times do I do this? Will it matter if it overlaps
    old paint?)
5. Apply clear coat. (How many times do I do this? Will it matter if it overlaps
    old paint?)
6. Buff with Rubbing Compound. (Do I keep doing it until I'm sattisfied? Can
    I do it too much?)

Am I missing any steps? Do I have any wrong? Am I buying all the right products? I really need help with this, please!


Posted by: zakpak23 Posted on: December 10th, 2005, 5:18am
Reply: 1

can i please have some help? I'm not going to order anything until I know what i need to get.

Posted by: admin Posted on: December 11th, 2005, 7:15am
Reply: 2

This is way too big for a brush cap so you will need to order the spray can. If you try to brush the paint on this large an area, it will come out uneven and blotchy. Read the instructions for applying spray paint at as this gives you a step by step procedure.

Posted by: zakpak23 Posted on: December 12th, 2005, 11:15pm
Reply: 3

will i need the bull dog adheser and the rubberized primer?

Posted by: admin Posted on: January 9th, 2006, 8:39am
Reply: 4

Yes rubberized bumpers need bull dog and rubberized primer. We have some excellent directions on our site at so no need to print them again here.

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