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Unread 05-23-2013, 07:38 PM   #1
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Default Anyone have luck sanding the bumpers smooth?

Alright, I am trying to smooth out the textured bumpers and front fascia on my club car precedent . I have seen and read of others doing this, but It is just not working out for me. I'm trying to get them smooth, so I can paint them to match the body.

I started with a 180grit and I just wasn't getting anywhere, so I went down to a 100 grit and that was a mistake, because the plastic started getting "hairs". I also tried using a filling primer, thinking I could go heavy with it and sand it smooth, but that didn't really work well either.

Any suggestions? I may just keep the textured look and throw down some paint, but that is not what I was really trying to go for.
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Unread 05-23-2013, 08:03 PM   #2
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Default Re: Anyone have luck sanding the bumpers smooth?

Any thoughts on painting on a thin coat of fiberglass resin to fill the texture and then sanding?
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Default Re: Anyone have luck sanding the bumpers smooth?

posted my answer over in my build thread.
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Default Re: Anyone have luck sanding the bumpers smooth?

also check out Offtwice's thread.... his is KILLER !

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Default Re: Anyone have luck sanding the bumpers smooth?

I just did a precedent and sanded the hell out of it with a LOT of primer and it came out real nice!
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Unread 05-26-2013, 08:43 PM   #6
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Default Re: Anyone have luck sanding the bumpers smooth?

So just for the info, In case someone else is looking to do the same thing. I wound up using a fiberglass resin by Bondo.

It went on easy with a brush and I had to go back over a second time to fill in a few small gaps that opened up, but it was pretty easy. It dries hard in about an hour and half and then you can sand away. I started with a 100 grit to grind down the large wavy areas and then moved to a 220 and then a 400.

They are a few small holes that opened up when I was sanding, so I am going to hit it with a couple coats of filling primer then sand again. Overall a much easier way to smooth out the textured plastic than just sanding the plastic.
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Default Re: Anyone have luck sanding the bumpers smooth?

I would have thought a couple of coats of 2K hi build primer would have done the trick. Southern poly urethanes sells a really good primer that fills nicely and sands pretty easy. I wouldn't use lacquer primer or any type of spray can primer.

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