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Hey gang, what's up? Tomorrow I'm picking up my car, it had a number of things done to it, one of things was adding a complete m3 rear bumper. Now, on the factory m3's, the lower part of the rear bumper (the valence), stays black. I wanted to paint it, but my mechanic told me that it's made out of a material that is extremely hard for paint to cooperative with. Does anyone know of any ways around this?

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Why do you want to paint it. It looks much better black, especially on a red car. If you really do want to paint it make sure to pick up some Krylon Paint just for plastic, they make a paint called like Krylon Fusion and it is specifically for all plastics, and it might work on that. I advise against painting it because it looks so much better black.

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i dunno if you can get around it, but i would keep it black, look like a true m3 bad ass!

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Watch that video and try and tell me it looks better in black. I DARE YOU.

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Tight ideo, but if I had a red car, I would keep the moldings black, the rear valence black and get black rims.

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Keep it black... it looks nice when you shine it.. and keep it clean.. and makes your exhaust look a lot brighter when light hits it... just my opinion...

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I believe it's made of ABS plastic, so yes it's difficult but not impossible.

First off you need to scuff all the plastic surfaces with Ajax and a red or grey scotchbrite pad. The ajax helps remove surface oils from the plastic. I would use the grey if you are not an experieced painter the red tends to leave scratches if you are not careful.

Then you need to use SEM (Brand ) Plastic prep solution. Followed by 2 coats of SEM Flexible bonding clear.

You should also use a flexible primer for ABS (Not Urethane ) Dupont makes a fantastic spray bomb for this.

Then you can follow with a Basecoat/Clearcoat system of choice. I prefere Dupont chromobase and then Chromoclear over the top. And that should cost you about
$100-$150 for materials. I painted my own from M3 bumper, but I do paint alot and do custom helmets and occasionally bikes.

Or you can leave it Black which I prefere also.
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Here's a pic of one of my custom helmets.
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UUC Sachs Stage 4 Suspension.
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Conforti CAI and Shark Injector.
UUC System U DTM Exhaust
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F1Danza Lightweight Flywheel with M-3 Heavy duty clutch.
Factory BMW M3 Front Bumper with Splitter.
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wow thats nice Nunzio the video is nice as well

as for the black or color... personal preference really, mines black but my car is blue so it kinda blends so it's not that big of deal but red would look tight just make SURE it gets done right

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Hey Alpine, speaking of exhaust, what do you use to clean exhaust tips? I have no idea...

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Hey Lori, where'd you get it and how much? This is one of two or three things I left to do to my car, and if you have a hook up, I want in!

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