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Inside color of bumpers/fenders
« on: May 19, 2009, 12:50:54 »
Hey
I'm getting my bumbers rechromed. Does anybody know what color they were painted in on the inside originally? Car body is papyrus white and original.
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Ulrik

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Re: Inside color of bumpers/fenders
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2009, 13:30:30 »
Hey
I'm getting my bumbers rechromed. Does anybody know what color they were painted in on the inside originally? Car body is papyrus white and original.
Best,
Ulrik

Inside color of the bumpers, I believe, is DB158 white/grey.  Inside of fenders is body color.
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Re: Inside color of bumpers/fenders
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2009, 15:09:43 »
John is right; It's DB 158.
You need to use a flattener in the paint so it won't have very much shine. It's less than satin but a bit more than flat. If you use base clear you could just skip the clear.

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Re: Inside color of bumpers/fenders
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2009, 20:49:50 »
The bottom inside of the bumpers can collect water and might rust. Suggest a coat of rust proof under the white finishing coat.

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Re: Inside color of bumpers/fenders
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2009, 03:58:14 »
What would you use? Ordinary undercoating doesn't work very well. Paint won't stick to it.
Gravel gaurd works OK but leaves a rough finish.

Most of the rusting I've seen is in the rear bumpers and not so much in the front ones. They will rust around the brackets which is why you have to get up in there with your wand at the car wash.
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Re: Inside color of bumpers/fenders
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2009, 04:07:49 »
You could try coating the inside of the bumper with a rust proof coating like POR-15 or Eastwood's rust encapsulator. Both dry to a VERY durable finish and can be topcoated. My bumpers had some minor rust on the inside (around the brackets as Benz Dr. mentioned). I used the Eastwood silver rust encapsulator to keep it at bay and it looks good for now. I will eventually re-chrome them but did not want them to rust away in the meantime.
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Re: Inside color of bumpers/fenders
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2009, 18:04:16 »
My car is not a show car, clean, but far from perfect.

I painted the inside of the bumpers with rattlecan Rustoleum then topped with a spray can of paint used for propane tanks in an eggshell color.

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Re: Inside color of bumpers/fenders
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2010, 15:26:54 »
Hi,


i noticed that the inside of my bumpers are painted white rather than the DB158, i'm wondering if it stayed DB158 right to the end of manufacture. My car is a late 71 car??

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Re: Inside color of bumpers/fenders
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2010, 17:03:50 »
I second the use of POR-15 as a barrier coat. Have successfully used it for many years in various hobby oriented applications.

More recently I use it (regularly) in very harsh commercial/industrial settings and it still impresses me.


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Re: Inside color of bumpers/fenders
« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2010, 16:39:29 »
Were the insides of the bumpers painted solidly from edge to edge in DB158? The only reason I ask is that mine have chrome/metal visible for about 1 - 2 cm around the inside edge. Maybe they were rechromed at some stage?

If I'm respraying in DB158, should I cover the entirety of the inside surfaces?


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« Last Edit: July 18, 2010, 02:26:32 by 280sl1968 »

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Re: Inside color of bumpers/fenders
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2010, 00:43:07 »
Mine are painted right up to the edge. There is no visible metal on the underside/inside.
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Re: Inside color of bumpers/fenders
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2010, 15:23:13 »
They are generally DB158

I found RUST-OLEUM Painters Touch Ultra Cover 2x Almond Gloss to be a near perfect match for that paint code. Even on my car, which actually IS DB158, you would be VERY hard pressed to see the difference, especially since you are dealing with the inside of the bumpers, and the light just doesn't hit that the same way as the outside of the car. So, my 3 cents worth...unless you happen to have some 158 lying around...go witht he RUST-OLEUM product, and paint right up to the edge. It's easy, almost zero cost and a near perfect match to the point that only a severely OCD stricken judge might notice a difference. Furthermore, most of our cars are not driven in mud anymore, hence they probably most likely won't rust there much anymore after a replate.

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Re: Inside color of bumpers/fenders
« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2010, 22:49:39 »
I would concur. I have used the Rust O Leum brand on a 190 SL.
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