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Painted bumpers and Grille

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by FIFTY2, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. FIFTY2
    Joined: Apr 9, 2008
    Posts: 340


    Tell me what you guys think, I had to paint my bumper and grille because I cant afford to get them replated right now. Is this passable? Or should I rip em off and wait for Chrome?


  2. I think that paint sure beats the heck out of peeling or rusted chrome. I plan on doing the same only going with silver paint instead.
  3. Gambino_Kustoms
    Joined: Oct 14, 2005
    Posts: 6,561

    Alliance Vendor

    the old chorme or the chrome striped off would look alot better looks like you got some nice paint the painted bumpers suck. striped off chrome with the bumper bolts shaved gives the look of whats to come a big plus in my book . the painted bumpers is shit they did in the 80's , and to me looks like a after thought or a what the fuck sorry lose the paint!!!!!!
  4. teddyp
    Joined: May 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,197


    I think painted silver would look better i was looking at chevy,s of the 40.s site and they have chome i peice bumpers for under 400.00 thats a good deal your coupe looks great and a love the color on it

  5. RJP
    Joined: Oct 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,783

    from PNW

    take them off.
  6. Hal_396
    Joined: Apr 14, 2009
    Posts: 310


    Painted bumpers are OK for the drag strip. The rest of your car is to nice for the painted bumper. This of course is my opinion. Better to drive it around with a painted bumper than leave it sit in the garage unil you can get them re-chromed.
  7. Zombie 51
    Joined: Feb 18, 2009
    Posts: 284

    Zombie 51
    from New York

    Mine are painted silver and they look surprisingly good.
  8. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
    Posts: 20,762


    I painted mine silver till I could afford the chrome. I don't care for the dark color. It really distracts from the rest of the car.
  9. Kustom7777
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 5,183

    from Austin, TX

    i'm definitely with the others on this, , , it takes away from how nice the color looks on that car,,,if you have to paint them until you can afford chrome, at least paint them silver,,,,,
  10. Silver for now.
    If your going with the stock grille I'd 'go for gold' eventually with one- piece bumpers & show chroming. They will tie in nicely with the nice nosed hood & tidy rear.
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2009
  11. Good lookin' least paint the bumpers silver until you can afford to get 'em chromed
  12. El Bombero
    Joined: Dec 27, 2004
    Posts: 558

    El Bombero

    There is no good option to replace chrome. I agree with the silver. I have done it in the past. I try to find the lightest silver I can.

  13. That was a seventy's thing along with Flattened Paint and bad Body Work when the cost of the hobby was just begining to get out of control. Thank You E.P.A. It looked Cheep then and it makes your otherwise nice Chevy look Cheep now. Today we understand you can't alwayse do it all at once and it's acceptable. Loose the Black, run with your less than perfict bright work and enjoy your car, No excauses necessary.
    The Wizzard
  14. Dads-53
    Joined: Sep 8, 2006
    Posts: 171


    I sold paint for 30 years but silver rattle can would look better than that dark color you have on it now.Don
  15. FatDave
    Joined: Feb 7, 2009
    Posts: 78


    You should paint your headlight bezels black and adopt a 'no chrome policy'
  16. JDHolmes
    Joined: Nov 25, 2006
    Posts: 918

    from Spring TX

    Personally, I don't like the black. I've tried multiple "chrome" paints on pot metal parts and I'm not happy with the look...just too much difference from chrome and I think chrome paint/silver paint would detract also from the car. My preference is to steel wool off the rust and leave what chrome is there. It looks more correct.

    I will add the normal caveat though. It's your car so please yourself first.
  17. 28 chevy
    Joined: Mar 5, 2006
    Posts: 512

    28 chevy
    from NE Pa

    Paint the same color as the car!
  18. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,851


    I would rather have some half-ass used chrome bumpers and grille than painted ones, especially black painted, I'm not fond of painted bumpers at all. The black painted trim in the picture really makes the car look cheap. Silver might look a little better but still cheap.
  19. Kerry67
    Joined: Apr 11, 2005
    Posts: 2,606


  20. skullhat
    Joined: May 30, 2009
    Posts: 892


    i tend to agree, paint them silver, and people will know what direction you are headed.

  21. If they were body color I could squint and they'd be rolled pans. If some sort of silver paint I could squint and they'd be chrome. But they are black and I don't like them.
  22. Zombie Plymouth
    Joined: Sep 13, 2008
    Posts: 142

    Zombie Plymouth

    not really feeling the black bumper...
  23. mtpockits
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 175


    someone photo shop it this way you will like it.
  24. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
    Posts: 20,762


    maybe if it was 1993 :rolleyes:
  25. sinks88
    Joined: Feb 18, 2009
    Posts: 610


    Its your car, not anyone elses....if you feel you need others opinions to make you feel better about the car, your in it for the wrong reason. do what feels right, if you really wanted chrome, then soemday, you will be able to get it re-chromed....screww what others think...its not thier car, and if you open yourself up to that sort of thing, your car will never be perfect.

    thats why I will never ask what the hambers think about my ride, they prolly would rip my ass apart, but to me it doesnt matter, its mine, and I drive it like its slolen! and what I do to it is what I do...not what some other guy half way across america thinks...

    just my view! Do with it what you want! and Drive it like its Hot!
  26. roddinron
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,677


    I'd rather have some cleaned up bad chrome, or paint them silver, but not chrome paint. Chrome paint looks cheap, a nice metallic silver really doesn't look too bad.
    Or, if you're good with an airbrush you could do one of those faux chrome paint jobs they run on the funny cars.:D
    And there's nothing wrong with asking for suggestions or opinions, I've seen a lot of cars where the owner could have benefited by a little input.
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2009
  27. 61TBird
    Joined: Mar 16, 2008
    Posts: 2,640


    Why stop there?
    Paint your wheels Red and call it done....:eek::D:D
  28. SanDiegoJoe
    Joined: Apr 18, 2004
    Posts: 3,519


    Carb cleaner will take that black paint right off.
  29. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
    Posts: 20,762


    There is nothing wrong with asking for opinions. Sometimes it takes someone mentioning what might look better, for the person to stand back and think, yeah, maybe that would look better so I'll give it a try.

    When building my car I had a few different headlight options that I was thinking about. Posted a few, got some other ideas and in the long run I decided what I liked best but it was still "fun" to ask others opinions. Kinda gets everyones creative juices flowing.
  30. westcoaster
    Joined: Sep 23, 2005
    Posts: 271

    from SoCal

    so lets see some pics of bumpers painted silver. i need to rechrome also but don't have the cash right now. was thinking about sanding them down and clearing them, but open to silver paint as a temp solution.

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