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how to stop paint from cracking/peeling

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by monsterkx2fiddy, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. monsterkx2fiddy

    monsterkx2fiddy [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So the dealer drilled two holes in my front bumper for a license plate. I bought some plugs from the auto store to put in the holes.

    Around one of the holes I noticed 2 small cracks in the paint maybe only 1-2mm long. How can I keep the paint from cracking/peeling? I was thinking maybe some super glue?

    Also where I bought the car they absolutely would not let me leave without a front licenese plate.
     
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    If it's the law in your state, they may very well be required to do it.
    Most here are drilled and a frame mounted the day they roll off of the carrier.

    Super glue is the only thing that I can think of to prevent further peeling since the paint is already violated.
     
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    Yeah the state I bought it in was required to (not my state).

    Yeah I think im going to pop off the little plugs I put on and dab some super glue on the paint surrounding. I know that if the paint cracks outside of the plugs itll just peel right off when driving.
     
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    Other than the hole being bigger, couldn't you tape over it, drill the hole larger, then apply a clear coat over them?
     
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    It'll still tear the paint.
    Paint works great on these soft plastic bumpers... until it is violated.
    As soon as it's compromised, it's a peel-fest.
    My '03 Tundra's bumper looked like shit within a year. Ended up painting the lower valance area with bed liner.
     
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    This is why I'm sometimes glad mine isn't painted, just the stock black plastic.
     
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    Ya... I'm seriously considering white derp.
     
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    Why didnt you guys use super glue to keep from tearing and apply buttons?
     
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    Mine is bare plastic, no paint. They did the same drill treatment to my bumper to but I figured I'd be best to just leave it alone since I have no paint to peal.
     
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    I've always run a front plate.

    The Tundra got screwed up because of a couple of rock chips.

    You can see a couple near the plate frame.

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    Ended up painting the entire inset area surrounding the fog lights and below the lower mesh with bedliner.
     
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    damn. Okay I am going to try to use some super glue and pray that it works.
     
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    Couldn't get the buttons off. So I didn't use super glue. I guess I will just hope no wind catches them.
     
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