The bumper we have is very textured and I have spoke with a few very good shop and they said that the prep work it would take to make it look right would not be worth it and it still might chip or peel real bad. The 03-04 SXT front bumper cover is a POS and is good for nothing.PeteKach said:guehner- Is the SXT bumper just a unpainted plastic/urethane one? If so I don't see why it couldn't be painted. As long as the shop preps it right and uses some kind of adhesion promoter you shouldn't have any problems with chipping/peeling.
I did the same thing with the rear plastics about 3months ago and haven't had any problems either, but it won't have to stand up to the wind and other abuse like the front bumper.suffolk_mopar said:my front bumper is textured, scuffed it, used adhesion promoter,primed and painted. has been painted for 8 months with no problems.
I might try is on the reat as well, but like you said the front takes alot of abuse. The bumper caps are alot smaller so they will not show the imperfection s near as bad.dave2003 said:I did the same thing with the rear plastics about 3months ago and haven't had any problems either, but it won't have to stand up to the wind and other abuse like the front bumper.
Your right, but to have a shop do all hat work is just not worht it to me. Your GMC is sweet looking.WUWU20 said:Those bumpers can be painted if done right, prep and all means the world but I wouldn't paint it and leave it textured. I would prep it, lay a good primer down, about 3 coats, block it down till its smooth and then paint it. If you do that it will have a nice smooth metal look to it instead of it looking like it has a rash. The truck in the pic below was my 2003 GMC I bought new, the lower front cover was a unpainted textured cover and I did the steps that I just told you and it worked great, truck has 28,000 miles on it now and is still fine! :biggthump