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Jun 28, 2016, 5:47 PM

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I have a 2011 chevy malibu and my fiance hit a pole with my rear bumper. So their were scratches and paint chipped.i sanded it with 80 and then 320 then I found some universal white paint in a spray paint can so after i taped up and covered everything with newspaper i sprayed it on 3 coats and went over it with a two coats of clear. Well i let it dry and i took off the tape off the surrounding problem area and then i noticed it was two different whites. How can i take off that new paint i put on there so i can get a color matched on my vehicle to put the right color on the scratch and chipped areas?

Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 28, 2016, 6:04 PM

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First off not my trained trade but have a strong clue about it.

It's not just some "generic" white you just spray on game. It's special automotive paints - period. There are more colors/shades of white that you can count. Not much you are going to do to both match what was new and now match what is the rest of the car.

Now that you've put whatever paint on it it's probably wrecked as far as using that "skin" again vs a new whole skin.

Almost everything will be in stages and sequence to match up if you care at all for it to look OK or expect it perfect pay for it.

Total dust free spray booth, temp controlled, heat as possibly needed all things you don't have.

All that's fine if you don't care to just paint with a brush which would be the last job too.

Can't tell but may be more than just the skin if you hit a pole? No joke - some easy ones can run $1,500 or so as a guess to do right.

Have to suggest you have an auto body pro shop take a look and suggest options for you for what you want and if the paint already on there you just did can be removed without making it a nightmare,


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Jul 1, 2016, 6:53 PM

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Thats the thing i dont have alot of money to do that or i would of done that in the first place. Im looking for a way i can fix it without completly having to do the whole bumper

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Jul 1, 2016, 6:59 PM

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Yes, I too am looking for a way to paint my house without buying any paint. I think we both stand about the same chance of accomplishing our goals.


We offer help in answering questions, clarifying things or giving advice but we are not a substitute for an on-site inspection by a professional.

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Jul 1, 2016, 8:47 PM

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Oh HT - crack me up! Yup - have painted a whole house many times. Use the wrong paint once and you could end up having to burn all of it off to start over and that's just air dry stuff and a building.

Even that crap got pricey and doesn't last all that long.

OP - paints new on a car are usually baked on before there's anything else on the vehicle while being made. You struggle to accomplish that again which is why it's a trade of itself.

There was an era (20-30+ years) the GM white was GM white. Still a year later it fades/weathers and isn't the same white. Worse, the redo that looks perfect even pro work doesn't age at the same rate so in a year will show in many cases.

It's not cheap for great work.

I really have had clunkers and painted whole cars just to look the same color as a beater car, parts-go-getter not too hack looking but not very pretty.

The word "Bumper" for a vehicle is almost outdated. It's plastic/rubber junk any fool can ruin with a good kick and cost a fortune,


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