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Bumpers 76 2002

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Anyone know if refinishing the aluminum bumbers on a 76 2002 is possible? Feel free to reply to my email address.. Thanks for any suggestions..

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I've wondered the same, sorta. Could they be cleaned and chromed instead of painted? Isn't chrome more durable?

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I have not done it but have seen the results, which were great. The guy said he spent 8-10 hours on the job -- you have to remove the anodized metal with battery acid and many grades of sandpaper, then buff and protect with a clear sealer.

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-Send the missus out to the mall, say, the day after Thanksgiving (it took me a whole day with frequent refreshment breaks).

-Dissasemble the bumper, removing all the rubber parts.

-Strip out the old anodizing. I used an angle grinder with a coarse disk, since my bumpers had some ugly gouges.

-Starting with 80 or 100 grit sand with progressivelyfiner grit (200, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1500 and 2000) until you get it as smooth as a baby's behind.

-Using a good metal polishing compound (I used Flitz) buff it to a mirror -like shine. Install the rubber back, put the bumpers back on the car, take ou a cold one and sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

I did mine about six years ago and did not clear-coat them. About once a month I go over them with the Flitz and a cotton rag and they have held up very well.

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I polish them once every 6 mos.w/ Flitz and then cover with a coat One Grand Blitz carnuba paste wax. Never been clear coated and they are shiny enough to shave with after five years.

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