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Old 07-26-2018, 08:38 AM   #1
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Question for someone with paint knowledge

What youíre looking at is my front end. In a nutshell Iím presently having it repainted back to perfect and Xpel applied.

My question is about the rock chips you see, primarily on the splitter. I had the front end repainted about three years ago.

Just to be clear, I live in the country so rock chips are expected and while I donít drive down gravel roads thereís plenty of gravel to be found.

Having said that, my concern is that those paint chips look like a cheap paint job was applied, which it wasnít, and it certainly didnít chip like a new carís paint would chip.

Basically just bestow your opinion on that paint condition in the chipping durability arena or anything you notice so I can lern sumtin.

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Old 07-26-2018, 10:09 PM   #2
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The front bumper is plastic, it cannot be heated up like a metal or aluminum to bake the paint on.


Because the paint isn't heated up, it will be soft. Where the plastic is showing it is evident it wasn't prepped with plastic primer. To do this properly the paint must be stripped, cleaned, and proper plastic primer used.


A little extra hardener in the paint isn't a bad idea, since you cannot bake it on.


You cannot apply PPF (Xpel) to fresh paint, it must fully cure and gas out first. Usually takes about 3 months.
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Old 07-26-2018, 11:21 PM   #3
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Thanks Joe. Thatís great info. Iím getting so aggravated trying to keep the front bumper in good shape. Iíve spent a small fortune on having it repainted/paint and chip repaired since it was new.

Iím considering an entirely new bumper in summit white. They arenít that expensive.
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Old 07-26-2018, 11:30 PM   #4
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PS. Interesting piece of trivia.....For anyone thatís reading this....itís actually called the bumper cover. Lol
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Old 07-28-2018, 10:26 AM   #5
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Be sure to get whoever puts the Xpel on to wrap as many edges as possible, since the bumper cover will be off the car when performed, the installer should have no problems with this if he/she is experienced.

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Old 08-09-2018, 06:56 AM   #6
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My black camaro had 16k when I got it. This car has original paint and from experience, it has to be the weakest, thinnest paint job I have ever seen. I look at other cars of various manufacturers and their paint isn’t as bad as GM. Every leading edge or surface is pock marked, not as deep as yours but the paint is compromised like it was sand blasted. The car doesn’t show abuse like it was used off roading. The general condition of the car looks to be about right for the mileage. The engine bay is dusty but looks brand new in there. By the paint, it looks like it’s age is 50-60k miles. It’s good that the manufacturers are using more earth friendly paints but at this rate they should just come from the factory with clear film or a color film. So I echo the replies suggesting clear film. It’s the best solution for paint protection. I clear filmed my headlights successfully just to see how it is to apply and I have to say it feels very durable and workable. I did my z28 grill with lots of complex curves twice. I think It will be acceptable to me on my next attempt. It just takes practice like anything else. In the not so distant future, I predict they won’t paint our cars any longer, it will come with a color film once they figure out how to program robots to apply it.
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Old 08-29-2018, 06:30 PM   #7
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The factory paint won't chip that large down there. I think when it was painted, they didn't prep it as well on the bottom part which is hard to get to if they did it on the car. If they painted the bumper off the car, they just missed doing a really good job on the bottom part when they prepped it for paint.
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