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when i painted my front bumper nearly 2 years ago, i used a DA sander on the front bumper. I hit it with some 120 grit paper, then 220,400,1000. I used the 120grit until all the shiny-ness was off the bumper and it looked almost like brushed aluminum. I used satin black BBQ/High Heat paint(i figured its gotta be tuff stuff to hold up to temps like that). I hit it with an automotive primer first to help it adhere.

For the grille, i used just 400grit paper by hands and took the shine away(same as the bumper) then used the same primer and paint.

If i were to do it over again, i would lay on an extra coat of primer and a few extra coats of paint just for good measure. I also found out that they sell matte clear coat so i will be using that when i redo my bumper next month.
 

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when i painted my front bumper nearly 2 years ago, i used a DA sander on the front bumper. I hit it with some 120 grit paper, then 220,400,1000. I used the 120grit until all the shiny-ness was off the bumper and it looked almost like brushed aluminum. I used satin black BBQ/High Heat paint(i figured its gotta be tuff stuff to hold up to temps like that). I hit it with an automotive primer first to help it adhere.

For the grille, i used just 400grit paper by hands and took the shine away(same as the bumper) then used the same primer and paint.

If i were to do it over again, i would lay on an extra coat of primer and a few extra coats of paint just for good measure. I also found out that they sell matte clear coat so i will be using that when i redo my bumper next month.
thanks man, i was thinkin that threat was a lost cause
 
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