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    Hi all,

    Ive been lucky enough to come across a VXR/XP2 bumper !!

    Was looking for another SRi bumper to paint as a little project and to replace my current one due to severe stone chips. Managed to come across an XP2 bumper for the same sort of price so very pleased

    1) So, first time I will have tried painting properly - What do I use to sand it down, will I even need to sand it back ? Any special paint ? (Its completely the wrong colour lol)

    2) Will I need different fog lights to fit the XP2 bumper or will my current SRi fogs be ok ? I know I need new grills....

    Thanks !

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    Use a fine grade of wet'n'dry to "key" the surface, then use a plastic primer, then the paint colour, then lacquer. You get lacquers specially for plastics, but I've found them to be rubbish and the normal stuff seems to be better quality. When the paint has hardened after a week or two use good quality cutting compound such as Farecla G3.

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    Fogs are different mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jezzy View Post
    Use a fine grade of wet'n'dry to "key" the surface, then use a plastic primer, then the paint colour, then lacquer. You get lacquers specially for plastics, but I've found them to be rubbish and the normal stuff seems to be better quality. When the paint has hardened after a week or two use good quality cutting compound such as Farecla G3.
    Thanks for that, im guessing that 'keying' the bumper will make the primer stick better ? Also, just one going over with the wet & dry ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Keithy View Post
    Fogs are different mate
    No way ! lol, thats a pain. Expect they will be pricey

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    Na they are cheaper than std ones http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VAUXHALL-VECTR...ht_2474wt_1199

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keithy View Post
    Im shocked, was expecting them to be around £80 a pair or something like that. Thanks for the link mate.

    Hows your car coming on now ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark_647 View Post
    Also, just one going over with the wet & dry ?
    Doing it between coats of paint as well will provide a better finish, don't do it after the final coat of colour though. The roughness that builds up with the coats you apply after that final wet'n'dry (i.e. the lacquer coats) will be taken care of by the cutting compound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark_647 View Post
    Im shocked, was expecting them to be around £80 a pair or something like that. Thanks for the link mate.

    Hows your car coming on now ?
    In the delicate hands of signumboy getting painted as we speak

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