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Old 02-27-2014, 11:51 AM   #1
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Bumperettes removal from 2001 986

I want to paint the black bumperettes on my 986 but can't seem to remove them from the bumper. I have no problem getting the bolt out on each but can't seem to get the bumperette to fall off and I didn't want to force it. Once the bolt is out do I just tug the bumperette straight back or do I have to slide it or tilt it to remove?

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Old 02-27-2014, 12:24 PM   #2
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would like to help but no bumperettes over here in the uk, sorry mate
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Old 02-27-2014, 12:56 PM   #3
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Never mind, got them off, they just needed a good tug (don't we all)
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Old 02-28-2014, 10:41 AM   #4
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I've done this job a few times using a bumper paint. I worked great and holds up quite well. I'm sure you'll be proud of the results.
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:57 PM   #5
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Ordered my primer, paint and clearcoat from Touch Up Paint and Accessories | AutomotiveTouchup

have used this vendor before and liked it. I highly recommend their products, both pens and spray cans for your painting needs.

In about 2 weeks I will be sporting some Slate Grey Metallic bumperettes.
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Old 03-12-2014, 05:43 AM   #6
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I have removed mine completely along with the brackets. Ordered a piece of ABS plastic, cut to size and attach to the area where the bumperettes were and license plate. I think I will leave it black. My car is arctic silve and I think the black would be a nice accent piece. But I might paint to match car.
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Old 03-12-2014, 06:23 AM   #7
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I have removed mine completely along with the brackets. Ordered a piece of ABS plastic, cut to size and attach to the area where the bumperettes were and license plate. I think I will leave it black. My car is arctic silve and I think the black would be a nice accent piece. But I might paint to match car.
That sounds clean. Post a pict when you can!!
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Old 03-26-2014, 05:24 PM   #8
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Here is rear bumper with bumperettes removed and filler plate installed.
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Old 04-01-2014, 06:43 AM   #9
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Bumperettes Painted

I finally got a chance to paint my bumperettes. Bought primers and paints from Automotive Touch up Paints. Project came out beautiful, even on a Metallic Slate color. Did the whole project for less than $50 delivered, with plenty of paint left over for future needs.
I used Adhesion promoter (3 coats), Primer (3 coats), then wet sanded with 1000 grit, Paint (5 coats), Clear Coat (5 coats). Put bumperettes in a cardboard box with a 40 watt lightbulb and let them cure for 4 hours, voila!
I'll post some pics once the sun comes out again. We haven't had rain all winter and now we actually are getting rain for the next few days, go figure.
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Old 04-01-2014, 10:38 AM   #10
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"filler plate"

That's a good idea.
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@Randall,
there is a company that sells a "filler plate', aluminum for $200. I bought a piece of ABS, made my template then had it cut by a glass shop. Much less than $200!
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I am going to be tackling this 'filler plate" project this weekend, painted to match car. Wish me luck, will post a pic when complete.
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Old 03-21-2018, 01:31 PM   #13
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UK Boxster don't have bumperettes fitted but I wanted a contrast around my licence plate so fixed some black vinyl in the recess.
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