Originally Posted by rleete
Okay, stupid question: what did you use to fill the holes?
that's a joke right? body filler. bondo. whatever.
I did it quick and dirty but suffice it to say if you want to do it right, you have to take the bumper off.
in retrospect, the "right" way would have been:
1. remove bumper
2. remove badge (insert badges cliche joke here for the weak-minded)
3. rough up backside of area around holes with 40 grit
4. bond some rough aluminum or something that is contoured to fit *fairly well* onto the backside of the hole area with some super strong epoxy and let it cure a couple days
5. jam the holes full of body filler and when it's "green", remove it to nearly flush. let that cure for another couple days because it WILL shrink.
6. rough up the pretty side of the holes and surrounding area with whatever the body filler recommends
7. skim on the body filler to hide the holes, allow to cure. this should be a thin enough coat that it wont shrink unevenly and leave sink marks.
8. sand, with 180, then 320, then prime with gray primer, 2 coats
9. prime with alternate color primer, 2 coats
10. knock down the primer with a few swipes of 400 on a flexible sanding block. check for high spots (will show up as primer color that went down first). respray a couple layers and re-sand until high spots are good.
11. final sand the primer with 600
12. wet sand the area you are going to paint with 1000 to rough it up for repaint
13. paint / clear
14. wet sand with 1500 until you are happy
15. fine cut compound until you're shocked at how glossy it is hand or DA
16. polish (not wax) by hand or DA
17. wait a month and wash and redo 15-16 as needed
18. wax and roll like a boss.