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Old 23-12-2004   #1
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painting OEM bumpers

Could you get away with rubbing down the oem bumpers until smooth, then spray them the same colour as the rest of the car to get the colour coded bumper effect?

That way that leaves me just wheels and suspension to mess with, without having to pay shed loads on insurance
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Re: painting OEM bumpers

Personally i think the black plastic bumpers look good.

If u wanted body coloured bumpers though, i wouldnt mess around with all the priming and smoothing that you'l have to do, just get some bumpers off an Uno Mambo at a scrappy. They had body coloured bumpers as standard.

When u put some alloys on and get it lowered it might look something like these... the black plastic bumpers give it a 'rally' look imo.
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Re: painting OEM bumpers

Well I don't go to anything like that much trouble... scrub the bumpers with soapy water and Scotchbrite... spray a light coating of Plastic Prime aerosol primer... only very light... paint the upper part with bumper coating (black), wait to dry, mask off with tape and newspaper, paint the bottom part with body-colour paint. Use a clear coat for greater durability.

I have seen Unos with the whole bumper painted body-colour but I prefer the effect as you see in my signature pics.

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Re: painting OEM bumpers

i bodycoloured the bumpers on my old uno. pretty easy actually.. i just gave them a quick sand. put a coat of plastic primer on and then the colour coat and then lacquer.
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Re: painting OEM bumpers

Quote Originally Posted by Bushboy
i bodycoloured the bumpers on my old uno. pretty easy actually.. i just gave them a quick sand. put a coat of plastic primer on and then the colour coat and then lacquer.
I was speaking to my dad about it, i should be able to just spray with high build primer to get the smooth surface then spray as normal. Ive got proper spraying equipment so dont really need to laquer it all, its mixed in with the paint.

But thanks all for the suggestions

Now just gotta get rid of all that stupid silicone off them from the back to black it was smothered in. That stuffs lethal i tell ya, a small tin of thinners later and its still got it on
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Re: painting OEM bumpers

You should use specific plastic primer first as the normal stuff is only designed to bond to metal surfaces; I've seen cars with home-sprayed bumpers were the paint flakes off after a few months.
To shift the silicone stuff, try a plastic pan scrubber type thing (ie nick one from the kitchen) and scrub it off with hot soapy water. Thinners probably isn't a great idea on plastic bumpers as it eats certain types of plastic
I thought about colour-coding my bumpers but decided that it was too expensive in paint and I couldn't really be arsed as they're only bog standard SX bumpers
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Re: painting OEM bumpers

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You should use specific plastic primer first as the normal stuff is only designed to bond to metal surfaces; I've seen cars with home-sprayed bumpers were the paint flakes off after a few months.
To shift the silicone stuff, try a plastic pan scrubber type thing (ie nick one from the kitchen) and scrub it off with hot soapy water. Thinners probably isn't a great idea on plastic bumpers as it eats certain types of plastic
I thought about colour-coding my bumpers but decided that it was too expensive in paint and I couldn't really be arsed as they're only bog standard SX bumpers
Mine are standard too, just makes the car alot newer IMO. but then the punto looks alot more modern than the uno

Thanks for the scrub tip, i'll have to givet that a try. The thinners i used was fine for cleaning plastic surfaces, so wasnt too worried. If all else fails i'll just have to sand most of it off with wet n dry then do something

I'll have to check my primer, i think i've got 2 so should have a plastic one. if not, do they do it in a cheapo aerosole? Dont know if i can be bothered to mix up another lot of primer.
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Re: painting OEM bumpers

Have a search around the local scrappies for an Uno Mambo edition, theres quite a few in scrapyards near me, so might be the same near you.

These have the bumpers body coloured as standard so theres no need for the plastic priming/sanding, etc.

Alternatively, find some Uno SX bumpers, they have the effect Alex was talkin about. I think the whole of the bumper body coloured will look too much imo.
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Re: painting OEM bumpers

Quote Originally Posted by luke1985
... if not, do they do it in a cheapo aerosole? Dont know if i can be bothered to mix up another lot of primer.
I'm pretty sure Halfrauds flog it, last time I bought paint from there it was buy 2 get 1 free too.
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Re: painting OEM bumpers

Found some pics of different front bumpers Luke, in red so u can visualise what they'd look like on your car.

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This has the grille u want too!

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Re: painting OEM bumpers

That Uno SX with the red lower valance looks good fit some subtle body-coloured sideskirts and it'd be sweet nice colour too although I'm clearly biased!
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Re: painting OEM bumpers

id have to agree i think it looks better with just the bottom of the bumper colour coded.
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Re: painting OEM bumpers

Quote Originally Posted by chrisunoman
Found some pics of different front bumpers Luke, in red so u can visualise what they'd look like on your car.

Uno SX

https://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/da...301uno15sx.JPG

This has the grille u want too!

https://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/da...novitecuno.JPG
Cheers for that
I think i will spray it all the same colour, and if it looks crap i'll mask off the area like on the SX version and sand it down and respray black. Either that or detail it using black.

And im liking that grill on the second pic

As for the breakers, ive had a fair few trawls around and nowhere near me seems to have any uno's whatsoever. I think they had 1 ages ago which i had the rear light covers from (as my last lot were nicked - yes the OEM ones were nicked ) and the wing mirrors. The car meraculusly(sp?) dissapeared after that. Never seen one since
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Re: painting OEM bumpers

Chris on your thubnail attached picture how low are this unos?do you know?
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Re: painting OEM bumpers

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Chris on your thubnail attached picture how low are this unos?do you know?
I would have said about a 60mm drop
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