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Question 2001 cobra front bumper prep.

I just bought a 2001 cobra front bumper for cheap, so it has some problems to it. On the left side of the bumper it is cracked on the top and needs to be glued together. Also, it was painted and the paint is chiped and rough and needs to be stripped. When i tried to take the paint out of the bumper i used 80 grit and heard that was not the right sand paper to use and will damage my bumper. What type of sand paper and procedures do i need to take the paint off and how do i fix the crack on the bumper? Thanks!

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First of all you should never use 80 grit on any car ever. I have done a little body work and have used paint stripper in the past but only on steel parts not plastic. For sanding you should start with 400 grit and end with at least 600 grit. I would use 1000 grit during the paint process for final sanding. For repair on the damage that you most likely caused using 80 grit you are going to have to use some body filler or at least some filler/glazing compound to fill the gouges that you created. For repair on cracks I have used JB weld before with good results. Body filler doesn't have the strength needed for plastic bumpers. If you have never done body work before you have a steep learning curve ahead of you. I started doing body work about 20 years ago and still think of myself as a beginner. A plastic bumper is not a good idea as your first project.

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2001 front bumper

Thanks for the info, I bought the bumper for 25 dollars so it was suppose to be a project for me and if it looked good then I would put it on my car.
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