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My rear bumper has some scuffs and scratches, but no structural damage. A few scratches are into the primer, and maybe beyond, so it might need some light filler there.

I'm just wondering if I should try a DIY route or have a pro do it. I don't have a paint gun, but was thinking of getting a few aerosol cans of color and clear and having at it. Any ideas on what a body shop might charge, and how wise I'd be to try it myself (as a painting newbie)?

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Both my cars have scuffs and little dings in the rear bumper...I think it's an Intrepid thing, hard to see when backing up. Anyhow, when we got my wife's she insisted before purchase that it be repaired and painted. I asked the dealer how much it was because I want to get mine done, he told me $150.00. I have since had quotes between $125 and $300.00. Decided to paint the whole car come summer.
 

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If you can get a $150 quote to paint the rear bumper, i would go for it! A rear bumper cover is a big piece to try and rattle-can...if you can find that color in the first place. I know there is no Duplicolor for my Onyx Green and you can only buy it for $90 a quart from Painter's Supply. I can almost promise that if you rattle can it, you'll be able to see where you touched it up. HVLP gun is definately the way to go.
 

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My wifes rear bumper was hit friday by a drunk, while it was parked in the parking lot at the condo. So hers needs it also, made a groove, so it needs a little filler. Hers is dark Blue, and I am not going to attempt to DIY. If the estimate is around 150, I will have hers don't while she away ... with a re-tint on the windows. Hers is turning purple.
 

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I've gotten some body shop quotes, and to do both front and rear bumpers was around $700 (the front needs some repair). I'd guess the rear would be about $300 by itself.

All the shops I talked to were going to take the bumper off the car for paint.
 

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I will have hers doe while she away ... with a re-tint on the windows. Hers is turning purple.
if you werent in TN thats the kind of stuff i do all day, basically where I tint is part of the body shop business and i have to give quotes all the time for bumper repair and usually get a tint job out of it too. :biggrin:

All the shops I talked to were going to take the bumper off the car for paint.
even if you DIY i hope you would take the bumper off :icon_neut An even cheaper and still professional job is a company that will simply sand down and airbrush just the repaired area. Great for rock chips on the hood, they airbrush the area and then rub it down to get all the overspray off. Leaving nothing but the paint filled into the millions of tiny chips. Around here the company is called "AeroColors"
 

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I parked somewhere I shouldn't've last week and I ever so slowly and painfully bumped into some concrete when backing out. You're right about the size of these cars!

I clay-barred, wonder if there is someway to restore the glossiness - some way to cheat? :listen: I asked one guy if he could buff it out and he didn't care to try. Fortunately it's in a not so noticeable place.
 
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