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post #1 of 28 Old 08-16-2011, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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Krylon fusion vs. Dupli color for bumpers

I am thinking about painting my bumpers and plastic trim. Just curious what ya'll that have experience with this prefer to use? Also, how do these products do on the metal parts of the bumpers and possibly the side rails. How many coats did you apply and how many cans of paint did it take? Thanks for the help!
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I used Valspar and had pretty good succes with it. Do not know about the metal part yet. I ruined it with a clear coat though, having to restart the whole thing this weekend.
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Also a freind of mine used krylon just a couple of days ago to paint his metal rims, they came out a lot better than we both thought.
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I am currently painting my trim with Krylon fusion for plastics, and it seems fine. It does dry pretty fast and provides good coverage, but when I got some on the metal I was able to wipe it right off with a towel. I would not promote trying to paint without taping off though. I am only doing two coats of paint, but even one had them looking like new.

I can't compare it to the Dupli-color. I have it in my head that Dupli-color is cheap-o paint but I have nothing to back that up with, just something that is stuck in my head.
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Used the duplicolor bumper paint on the plastics a few months ago and am nothing but happy so far. Went on easy and didn't require many coats so far. Makes them look brand new.
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If you want a similar dark gray, you will have to go with duplicolor.
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Just recently used Krylon Fusion satin black on my bumpers and trim. Worked out great. See my build thread for pics.

Key to any painting especially plastic is the prep work.
1) Wash with soap (not car soap with wax),
2) Dry thoroughly.
3) Wipe down with mineral spirits or acetone. Note on acetone (it ate a bit of my front grill, different plastic than the trim)
4) Put on a very light coat (not even coating all the plastic).
5) Then put on a full coat (within minutes), make sure coat is thick (almost to the point of running).
6) Then just touch up the spots you missed once it dries. Putting on a second coat is not necessary unless you have to sand the runs.

I did not use a clear coat as I wanted a flatter look to the black. Also clear coat tends to crack on plastic.

I used the Krylon Fusion on my rear bumper (metal) and it coated fine. I did put on two coats, because the first was very light... runs quickly.

I have used dupli-color on other projects and it worked just fine. The Krylon fusion actually bonds to the plastic which will help make a bit stronger and help with chips from rocks and washing mud off.

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I've used Krylon Fusion on my X and I'm so far very pleased with it. As said above, allow the paint to properly dry and cure before reinstallation or you will scratch the fresh paint. Take your time and do it right the first time.

As for coats, I used two coats on mine. You've gotta hold the can 8"-12" from the surface for proper coverage. It will look light at first, but if you get too close, the paint will go on too thick and flake.
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I used the Fusion on mine and put 5 coats per piece lol It work great for plastic and bonds very well to it.

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I used Dupli-Color Bumper paint and it worked pretty well.

1)I wash all with SOAP two times, dry it thoroughly.
2.) Used 3M tape (the green one) to tape everything around plastics.
3) I did a light coat first and let it dry for 15-20 mins
4) Second coat light also and let it dry for 15-20 mins
5.) Last coat this time heavier to cover all imperfections and let it dry for a couple of hours.

I didn't used clear on them, I like the black flat look they have. It seems that both krylon and Dupli-color work well, it's just a matter of choice.
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