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Old 06-10-2016, 04:43 PM   #1
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2010 GT losing clear coat.

Hey all, my 2010 GT has lost some of its clear coat on the front bumper. How have you guys gone about repairing it? I can feel slight cracks in it if I run my hand over it. Can I use a fiberglass putty to smooth it out then paint and clear? Is it worth it? Or should I just look into a new bumper?
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Hey all, my 2010 GT has lost some of its clear coat on the front bumper. How have you guys gone about repairing it? I can feel slight cracks in it if I run my hand over it. Can I use a fiberglass putty to smooth it out then paint and clear? Is it worth it? Or should I just look into a new bumper?
Did you bump into something, or did someone bump into you?

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When I bought the car it'd already started the peeling on the front bumper cover. It had just kept peeling this whole time and almost half of the clear is gone. I've never bumped anyone myself. What I thought was slight cracks weren't even through the paint. I used some sand paper on it and it smoothed right up. It's just faded and looks like crap. Just curious how you guys would or have fixed it
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When I bought the car it'd already started the peeling on the front bumper cover. It had just kept peeling this whole time and almost half of the clear is gone. I've never bumped anyone myself. What I thought was slight cracks weren't even through the paint. I used some sand paper on it and it smoothed right up. It's just faded and looks like crap. Just curious how you guys would or have fixed it
That one needs to be repainted.

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That one needs to be repainted.

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I'm gonna give it a shot tomorrow!
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Since I'm going to a the annual Ford and shelby show in Tulsa in a couple days I just did a temporary fix. I lost my water catcher and air regulator that was on my paint gun so I just sanded it down and bondo'd all the imperfections and filled in the license plate holes. Put some primer on and got it smooth then rattle canned some black duplicolor color match paint. I'll leave it like this for a week or two till I either find or replace my painting stuff then spray it the right way. Till then it looks much better than it did!
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Since I'm going to a the annual Ford and shelby show in Tulsa in a couple days I just did a temporary fix. I lost my water catcher and air regulator that was on my paint gun so I just sanded it down and bondo'd all the imperfections and filled in the license plate holes. Put some primer on and got it smooth then rattle canned some black duplicolor color match paint. I'll leave it like this for a week or two till I either find or replace my painting stuff then spray it the right way. Till then it looks much better than it did!
I have been there. I have been stuck in odd situations and found odd solutions.

When I was working in the aftermarket industry I used my own truck as a build for a magazine photo shoot. For some reason the factory clear on the truck bed begain to separate and peel. I didn't have time to wait on Dodge, nor did I have time to take it to my dad's shop to respray the bedside. I gently flaked off the clear that was detaching itself with my drivers license. I used 2000 grit paper and water sanded the edges of the clear that was left. The paint itself was a champagne color with metalic and pearl, and I had to be careful not to scratch or damage the base coat. I then used touch up clear with the brush that was supplied. Once it dried I sanded and blocked it level. I added another coat of clear and repeated the process.

After the bedside was buffed and polished you had to know where to look in order to see the quick fix.

I think I spent a total of 5 or 6 hours instead of days. It worked for the photo shoot.

The truck was stolen before I could refinish the bedside properly.

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Dang! Lol. I'm not in a pickle like that, I'm not going to be part of any of the car shows. I just don't want a primered bumper while being all around a ton of other Fords, mustangs and shelbys. It's not too bad obvious, I'll be fixing it right in a week or two!
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I wish I had a before picture, this was just taken. I drove it twice and already covered it in bugs -.- you can tell it's not as shiny. I'm going to give it a buffing before I leave for Tulsa. Hopefully it'll hide it pretty good. Glad I plugged the license plate holes!
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I wish I had a before picture, this was just taken. I drove it twice and already covered it in bugs -.- you can tell it's not as shiny. I'm going to give it a buffing before I leave for Tulsa. Hopefully it'll hide it pretty good. Glad I plugged the license plate holes!
A light color sand with 2000 grit, a non agressive buffing compound, and a polish. The paint is full because the last coat was sprayed too dry. You were working with aerosol cans though. You did the best you could with what you had.

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A light color sand with 2000 grit, a non agressive buffing compound, and a polish. The paint is full because the last coat was sprayed too dry. You were working with aerosol cans though. You did the best you could with what you had.

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Yes sir! I already have all of that stuff, I just ran out of time on Sunday. It was drying faster than I could spray it on lol.
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Yes sir! I already have all of that stuff, I just ran out of time on Sunday. It was drying faster than I could spray it on lol.
You know you have been around paint too long when you can diagnose a flaw using a picture on a phone.

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Sounds like the car was repainted or at least the bumper.
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Sounds like the car was repainted or at least the bumper.
It might of been, I swear I can see very faint sand marks through the paint on the drivers door in places.
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