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      10-29-2012, 09:33 AM   #1
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Plasti dip rear lower bumper

Hi, can't afford an mteck rear bumper at the moment so used plasti dip worked great an all you have to do is peel off the excess overspray. Best of all if you don't like it just peel it away. Will have to see how we'll it holds up but apparently it should, did the chrom around the side indicator as well.
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      10-29-2012, 09:34 AM   #2
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      10-29-2012, 09:36 AM   #3
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And the side chrome but have not peeled the plasti dip off the lens yet, still drying
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      10-29-2012, 01:42 PM   #4
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Here, let me help you with that lol. Looks good btw, subtle & clean.





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      10-29-2012, 02:27 PM   #5
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Thanks couldn't get all the photos on one page for some reason
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      11-01-2012, 12:08 PM   #6
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Interesting! Please keep us updated how this holds up.
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      03-31-2013, 08:52 PM   #7
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Arran73: Looks really good. Did you used the glossifier? Is it prone to rock chips?
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      05-10-2013, 10:09 AM   #8
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I wanna do this to my 528i. Any issues yet? What's the glossifier that Arran73 mentioned? Also, where did you buy the spray? None of the shops I've been to have it. Thanks!!!
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      05-10-2013, 12:01 PM   #9
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That looks awesome. I want to get the M5 rear diffuser and was thinking of plastidipping it rather than painting.
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      05-10-2013, 07:03 PM   #10
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I sprayed my wheels with Plasti Dip and they look great. Been on for three months - held up well through washing, rain, etc. I bought it at www.dipyourcar.com.
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      05-11-2013, 09:50 AM   #11
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I watched a ton of videos on DipYourCar's YouTube site and then did my rear bumper section last night. Love the look (and that I can peel it off whenever I'm over it)!
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      05-11-2013, 04:57 PM   #12
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looks great

Is youir car lowered?

What style rims do you have?

car sits super nice
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looks great

Is youir car lowered?

What style rims do you have?

car sits super nice

Thanks!! Yeah it's lowered. It's on H&R Sports and the wheels are 20" VMR 710's.
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      05-12-2013, 11:37 AM   #14
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Nice mod on the non m-sport rear bumper.
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      05-20-2013, 10:59 PM   #15
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Amazing job guys! Did you just tape off the whole rear with paper and painters tape and spray away? Can you post which exact Plastidip spray you used? Did you prep the bumper at all?
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      05-21-2013, 12:53 AM   #16
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Amazing job guys! Did you just tape off the whole rear with paper and painters tape and spray away? Can you post which exact Plastidip spray you used? Did you prep the bumper at all?
BigDeep1, I used regular black PlastiDip spray and I got mine at Home Depot for only about $6. Sorry, I don't have a pic but you can find a pic or order the spray at dipyourcar.com.


As for the process... it turned out to be a bit more complicated than I thought and that's because the bottom section of the 528i rear bumper (the part I plasti dipped) isn't actually a separate piece. From a distance it looks like it's a diffuser that you can take off of the car but you actually can't and the line we all see is really just an indented crack.

Here's a pic of that section to illustrate what I mean:


NOW, if you haven't plasti dipped anything, I know what you're thinking, "umm so, just tape it off to that line"... Well, you can't, because when you pull the tape off, the edge of your plasti dipped line will start peeling up as well, it's impossible to prevent.

IF you've gone the extra step and watched a bunch of plasti dip videos on youtube (like I did) you're probably saying "So, just tape it off further up and the plasti dip will cut the perfect line when you peel the excess off"....
HOWEVER, since the "line" we're referring to is really just an indented crack, the plasti dip will NOT make it's own perfect line (like on moldings and rims).

I didn't find all of this out the hard way, I did a test run on a small portion of the bumper before moving on with the whole thing... and since you can just peel it off, it wasn't too big of a deal.

SO, my solution to the problem was pretty simple... here's what I did:

1. I taped off the section about an inch and a half above the line with blue painters tape and painters paper. also covering the exhaust tips and undercarriage as best as I could.


2. Then covered the rest of my car's butt with a sheet.

3. Then put about 7-8 coats of plasti dip on the section. Letting it dry for 10-20 minutes between each coat. (make your coasts light, don't rush it... it's a luxury car, give her time to accept the make-up)

4. Once the last coast was dry (here's the solution to the problem above) I used a razor blade to lightly score a line in the middle of the "crack".

5. Then, when peeling away the excess plasti dip from above, it pulled away perfectly and the line was flawless.


I know you're thinking that I just put a huge scratch in my bumper, and I probably did, but that line is supposed to look like a crack anyway, so I don't really care. Just make sure you don't slip with the razor blade and do any collateral damage to other sections of the bumper or your hands. haha

UPDATE: Mine is holding up great so far and it's been washed twice since I first plasti dipped it. I didn't use the glossifier that you can get from dipyourcar.com simply because I was too impatient to wait to order it and home depot didn't have it. But I like the matte/satin look that it has because it looks like it's supposed to be that way... like factory black plastic trim.
Here's the most recent pic of the whip (yes, I added a performance spoiler since my last post)
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Amazing job guys! Did you just tape off the whole rear with paper and painters tape and spray away? Can you post which exact Plastidip spray you used? Did you prep the bumper at all?
Oops... forgot to mention... to answer your question about prepping the bumper: All I did was clean it really well with dish soap then did a few final wipes with some alcohol to remove excess oils and wax.
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      05-21-2013, 10:39 AM   #18
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PMW F10, that was an awesome write up!! This info and the tips are invaluable. I think I am pretty detailed and meticulous with projects like this. The job you did will be my goal when I tackle this project. This is one of my fav F10 DIYs. Thanks!!
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      05-21-2013, 11:14 AM   #19
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PMW F10, that was an awesome write up!! This info and the tips are invaluable. I think I am pretty detailed and meticulous with projects like this. The job you did will be my goal when I tackle this project. This is one of my fav F10 DIYs. Thanks!!
Glad I could help! Whenever you decide to tackle it, don't hesitate to PM me if you have any questions.
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Nice work, looks great and thanks for sharing. Thats the nice thing about desperation. You get on these sites, see what everyone is doing and get the itch to do the same. But when money is a factor, a little work and effort towards DIY and waaalaaa, you have the same or similar effect and now just transformed your car for a tiny fraction of the money.

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