Removing vinyl appliqué from rear bumper 72 Fury

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    Moseman Well-Known Member FCBO Gold Member

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    You should have a clean bumper, but it may need to be rechromed. I am dreading that on my rebuild. See my avatar.
     
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    Hi, that is why I am taking it off in the first place to have rechromed.
     
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    Only chrome looks like chrome and Cerekote ain't chrome.
     
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    Sorry, not convinced.
     
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    see link above. It is never going to be exactly like chrome, because it isn't chrome. However for anything other than a show car it is a very cost effective alternative. I can have both bumpers treated for the same price it would cost me to have one bumper chromed.
     
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    It's your money and if that's good enough for you, that's OK, but to my eye, it looks like a paint coating. Granted, it's a good coating that kind of mimics polished metal, but it doesn't have the color or depth of hexavalent chrome.

    Full disclosure, I used to be partners in a place that did chrome plating "in house" on the parts we built for automotive and motorcycle manufacturers, so I am defensive when someone tries to pass any coatings as "chrome". Our quality, especially with plating, was good enough for some very high end cars. You will never convince me...
     
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    Late to this conversation, but I wonder if there are studs welded to the bumper that applique is attached to. Like a slip fit deal. Placed on and slid one way or the other to attach and glued for better adhesion? Just a thought.
     
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    Its off. I found the techique was to try and take off in one go, as the vinyl goes very stiff when cold. Heat from behind about 2-3 inches at a time for a couple of minutes and then slide in thin blade to release glue. Took an hour or so to remove.

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  10. Fury440

    Fury440 At my age everything's a good idea FCBO Gold Member

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    Perfect!!
    :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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    Nicely done! That's a rare and interesting piece that deserves preservation.

    Now, (respectfully) go and get that bumper properly rechromed, not some powdercoat/paint process. You'll be so much happier for so much longer if you do it right.
     
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    What is the consensus for cleaning the vinyl and repainting? I was going to rub down with 400 grit to take off old paint, but unsure of best paint to use.
     
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    Not to hijack but Ross is there a chromer some of you folks here would recommend? I have a few interior pieces that are ready and some are pitted pretty bad so some repair is needed. I had some pieces done locally for my boat restoration and was not happy with the lack of prep work?
     
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    Your applique will look fabulous when coated with SEM vinyl dye, LANDAU BLACK. A lot of people will say the same.

    Other products with similar performance are made by Mar-Hyde. There's also something called Bumper Black.

    I swear by Sem products.
     
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    Ya kinda get what you pay for... call the best 3 resto shops in your area and ask for their reccommendations.

    I'm in Brantford ON - there's a place near me called Cambridge Custom Chrome.
     
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    Yea well we got nothing here...
    I have heard about some folks in PA who do a good job! maybe I'll have a chat with them?
    Thanks!
     
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    Getting diecast chromed done can be frustrating and expensive. The actual chrome plating is fairly easy, but the prep work gets expensive if it's done right and no matter what you do, some of the detail is lost. A good shop will warn you about this upfront.

    The better option is to find some pieces that aren't pitted, but if you can't find them, find a place that specializes in restoring diecast. Pack your stuff in a box with a bunch of $100 bills as packing material as it's not gonna be cheap.
     
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    My bumpers are good and the trim is mostly aluminum that of course has lost it's luster, but I've got a few interior pieces that have gone all to heck!
     
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    Aluminum can be buffed to a nice shine. If it's anodized, that has to be removed first, but then it can be cleaned up and buffed. From there. it can be anodized again, clear coated, or just left alone and polished regularly.
     
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    Just to clarify, the vinyl was painted? If so, find the proper paint and follow the preparation directions. Congratulations on getting it off! I wouldn't suggest sanding as it will remove the texture, if there is any. Also, ask the company doing the coating if you will be able to effectively apply this vinyl with glue to their product? Some coatings don't take kindly to holding other products.
     
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