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Hi

Not managed to find an answer so will start a new thread (apologies if there is an old thread which i missed).

Is it possible to replace the grey plastic bumper trims on a megane (see pic) with coloured or sprayed ones.

I would like to replace them with ones either the same colour as the car i.e. black or get the current ones sprayed black to match the rest of the bumper.

Many thanks

Chris
 

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Hi Chris, and welcome.

It certainly is possible, but be prepared for a lot of work.

The easiest way to paint them is by removing them from the car; they are held on by rather brittle & fragile plastic clips, so slow & steady is the way to progress here.

The next problem you face is whether you will be happy with a matt type finish, or if you want gloss. Gloss is much more difficult, as the trims (which are textured) need to be hand-sanded smooth, prior to primer/paint & lacquer.

If you want a matt or satin black which can be painted without priming, I can personally recommend Simoniz Tough Black which is very good indeed.

Having them off the car means you avoid the problem of gravity causing runs, masking off and you can paint indoors which will give a better finish.

If you need any further pointers, please ask away.

HTH

Paul
 

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thanks for the reply Paul (VelSatisfied)

I was hoping it might be possible to buy the trims in black but cannot find them online.

In terms of matt or gloss - id be happy with a matt finish.

Do you think a body shop would take on this kind of job

cheers

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Hi Chris.

A bodyshop might do, but I think their price would probably shock you.

I'd be tempted to try S.M.A.R.T. repairers or those who specialise in customising motorbikes/crash helmets/airbrushing.

Although tbh, its not that daunting a job to DIY, once the trims are off, a light key with a scotchpad and a couple of coats of that simoniz paint, leave it to dry for an hour, then refit.

Material-wise, you are talking under £10.

Just a thought, before you start spending more than what you need to.

HTH

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thanks Paul

Doesnt sound too difficult in theory but like you say i bet the trims are a bit tricky to get off and am a bit scared of cocking up the paint job.

I take it its not possible to buy the trims from anywhere ?

cheers

chris


Hi Chris.

A bodyshop might do, but I think their price would probably shock you.

I'd be tempted to try S.M.A.R.T. repairers or those who specialise in customising motorbikes/crash helmets/airbrushing.

Although tbh, its not that daunting a job to DIY, once the trims are off, a light key with a scotchpad and a couple of coats of that simoniz paint, leave it to dry for an hour, then refit.

Material-wise, you are talking under £10.

Just a thought, before you start spending more than what you need to.

HTH

Paul
 

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If you have somewhere under cover, you could paint them on the car.

Preparation has to be given a bit more time though, as the areas will need masking off to prevent overspray.

Then a few sheets of newspaper to mask off the larger areas.

Followed by a light key of the plastic trim.

Then a wipe over with a dry, lint-free cloth.

Painting-wise, you will need a few (3-4) light coats of Tough Black - remember the amount of paint applied to the surface varies with the speed you move the areosol & how close its held to the surface - be consistent with the coats.

It will appear glossy (at first), but as it dries, it will become either the satin or matt finish - depending on which one you have chosen.

Do all trims (one coat per pass), and work your way around the car then leave it for around 30 mins to check for a consistent finish - wait a further couple of hours before carefully de-masking.

Et voila, the perfect way to miss the Royal Wedding! :d

HTH

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Thanks again Paul

I will let you know how I get on although think I might be forced to watch the dreaded wedding lol so might be a couple of weeks until I get time to have a go !

Thanks again for the advice and great site !

chris

If you have somewhere under cover, you could paint them on the car.

Preparation has to be given a bit more time though, as the areas will need masking off to prevent overspray.

Then a few sheets of newspaper to mask off the larger areas.

Followed by a light key of the plastic trim.

Then a wipe over with a dry, lint-free cloth.

Painting-wise, you will need a few (3-4) light coats of Tough Black - remember the amount of paint applied to the surface varies with the speed you move the areosol & how close its held to the surface - be consistent with the coats.

It will appear glossy (at first), but as it dries, it will become either the satin or matt finish - depending on which one you have chosen.

Do all trims (one coat per pass), and work your way around the car then leave it for around 30 mins to check for a consistent finish - wait a further couple of hours before carefully de-masking.

Et voila, the perfect way to miss the Royal Wedding! :d

HTH

Paul
 

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Not a problem Chris. keep us updated as to your progress.

Take pics of the job as well - many members may well find this useful for their own car.

Best wishes,

Paul
 
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