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Help..Painting Bumper Inserts/Appliques???

Okay so if all goes well and I purchase some Sahara or Mountain front & rear inserts then I will probably paint them the same color as my wheels (duplicator graphite).

My question: If I paint them then what prep do I need to do? For my wheels I sanded them with 320 grit but is sanding required for these inserts?

I worry that if I sand them then the slick finish they have will be gone. I was thinking prime, graphite, and clear coat it...is this right?

I know there are some guys on here that've painted their Sahara inserts.
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Did my last Saharas in graphite to match my AEV wheels. Lightly sand, adhesion promoter, paint, and clearcoat!!
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When you say adhesion promoter..would self etching primer do?
Is 320 grit too harsh?

Thanks

By the way that Sahara looks sick.
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When you say adhesion promoter..would self etching primer do?
Is 320 grit too harsh?

Thanks

By the way that Sahara looks sick.
Adhesion promoter would be best as it makes it stickey. Your sanding is done first with 1000 or 1500 grit. just enough to dull the paint. Then you spray with the adhesions promoter wait around 15 minutes and put on your base coat. Clear if your satisfied with the results!
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Adhesion promoter would be best as it makes it stickey. Your sanding is done first with 1000 or 1500 grit. just enough to dull the paint. Then you spray with the adhesions promoter wait around 15 minutes and put on your base coat. Clear if your satisfied with the results!
Thanks a lot. I will update with the results next weekend.
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I am currently painting them graphite. Waiting for color to dry then I'll do clear coating. Will upload pics of the finished product Sunday after everything's dry.

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I am currently painting them graphite. Waiting for color to dry then I'll do clear coating. Will upload pics of the finished product later today.
Bout time!
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I know SaharaBlack...but they didn't come in the mail till Wednesday and I work too much during the week to do it. Today was 66 degrees so I spent my time in the garage then did a few errands runs with the back windows off today (haven't done that in a couple months). I will take pics tomorrow when I take her out for a little poser photo shoot.

I also hit my wheels with another coat of clear (to make it a little glossier) and I took off the silver Wrangler decal.

Been thinking about putting a Rubicon style decal sticker on the hood like how some YJ's had, but it would say Wrangler not Rubicon. What y'all think?
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I know SaharaBlack...but they didn't come in the mail till Wednesday and I work too much during the week to do it. Today was 66 degrees so I spent my time in the garage then did a few errands runs with the back windows off today (haven't done that in a couple months). I will take pics tomorrow when I take her out for a little poser photo shoot.

I also hit my wheels with another coat of clear (to make it a little glossier) and I took off the silver Wrangler decal.

Been thinking about putting a Rubicon style decal sticker on the hood like how some YJ's had, but it would say Wrangler not Rubicon. What y'all think?
I know, we're working a lot too! And a great day to paint! Try Pixel decals for your hood decals. I just ordred a bunch.
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I'll check that site now. Pics tomorrow...be looking for them.
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The pics are just quick ones that don't show the color that well since I took them in my garage. Decided to wait for the mini photo shoot for when I install the Expedition One rock sliders next Saturday. I'll make a new thread next weekend.

The hardest part for me was the clear coating because when I thought I had everywhere covered I would see a spot I didn't get. It is definitely not a professional job, but pretty good looking for a beginner who's only painted their wheels prior to doing this.

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Thank you. I put another coat of clear on today to make it glossier and it looks much better. I love how it matches the wheels exactly.
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