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This is my write up on applying herculiner to your factory OEM bumpers. I will include pics along the way and it will probably be a lengthy post. First I would like to Thank Tank, Bombdocdiesel, and FordRacing200 for your Advice and Tips.

I started with the Front Bumper. You will have to remove the 2 bolts inside the bumper connecting the bumper to the truck. Theres 1 bolt on each side of the bumper, and they will be 13mm bolts. Then you unbolt the 4 black bolts through the front. They will be 18mm bolts that will not spin completely off because they have some kind of washer deal on them that keeps them connected to the bumper. holding the bumper up with 1 arm (or another person) taking the weight off the bolts. unscrew Bolts completely. The bumper will slide down and sit on the tow hooks, so dont worry to much about it just falling once all bolts are off.

For the rear bumper, begin with unscrewing the two license plates off. Twist left and pull the bulb out. Then I cut the tape and white plastic screw things holding the wiring onto the bumper. Make sure all wiring is loose and start unscrewing the 4 21mm (possibly 22mm) Bolts holding on the bumper. Just like the front bumper, The whole thing wont just fall down. The hitch will keep it from dropping. The rear bumper is much heavier than the front.

This is a pic of where the 4 rear bolts will be. Two on each side.


Now for the prep. I started prepping the front bumper first by taking off all the Black Braces inside the bumper. Should be 4 steel brackets and two plastic ones. You'll need an 8mm socket and a 13mm socket to take all the bolts loose. Then take off the bottom air dam using the 8mm socket and a screw driver to pop off the tuff lock pieces. Followed by the top plastic piece, you will need a needle nose pliers To pinch the plastic pieces holding it on from the inside. The license plate holder will come off when the air dam comes off. Next you can start sanding down the chrome finish on the bumpers using 80 grit or lower sanding pads on a grinder. I use a small pneumatic sander to get the smaller parts the grinder could not reach. Sand the entire outside metal so theres no chrome finish left. Next i re-attached the top and bottom black peices to draw an outline with a sharpie so that i would not go apply bed liner under the peices. And so they would fit just like they came off. Next mask off the opposite side of plastic in order to paint black. as showed in next picture.


Spray paint the un masked side black. I used 3 coats of Rustoleum Professional gloss black on this. Once dry peal off masking. Heres pics of the top and bottom painted and un masked.




I decided I didnt like the inside of the bumper so I took a wire wheel and a drill and a can of Schaeffers Citro and took of what ever was on the inside of the bumper. heres a comparison video of just wire wheel and then Citro with wire wheel.


Clean Inside completely and spray paint black. This time I used a can of Duplicolor Black acrylic enamel, and it was much more even and easier to spray. For the rear i did the same steps except i didnt spray the inside of the bumper. Once dry mask off the painted area so bed liner doesnt run onto the paint.

No that its sanded and painted your ready for the herculiner. Go ahead and clean it up with Alcohol or Acetone. And make sure you have lots of card board or plastic down under the bumper so you dont get bed liner all over your concrete. Also, wear latex gloves and shoes so you dont get it on you. It can be hard to get off, and if you let it dry then your not getting it off for a while. If you do get some on you use Citro just like on on the inside of the bumper. Then use supplied roller and apply even coats on entire bumper. Dont try to cover all the small spots that you may have missed with the first coat. you will only make the coat uneven. I applied 3 coats to each bumper. I also used the paint brush that came in the kit to reach the small spots. The last coat should not show any bare metal at all. Wait at least 3 hours for each coat to dry. Once completely dry peal off the masking. And put the plastic pieces you removed first on. Wait a good 12 hours before you put the bumpers back on your truck so they have time to cure.




Install back on truck. I used a jack to help lift the front bumper, but the jack was not tall enough for my rear bumper sense I have a lift. So I had to wrestle it on. I did all this myself with no help, but having another person around would help greatly with putting the bumpers back on.







I have more pics that I'll post if someone needs more. Im open to any questions and if you are confused then feel free to PM me.

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Looks real nice. Thanks for the write up...
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How much hurculiner did you end up using? Great write up Thanks.




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Not even half the 1 gallon bucket that came in the kit. The Kit comes with 1 gallon of herculiner, 1 paint brush, roller, 2 roller pads, a scuff pad, and some instructions.

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It came out pretty nicely Colton. Good job.

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Id like to, but dad thinks thats a bad idea. Hes to worried about it chipping and having to sand down the paint.

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Id like to, but dad thinks thats a bad idea. Hes to worried about it chipping and having to sand down the paint.

Sissy,...I let my 6 year old sand the side of my truck...



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Sissy,...I let my 6 year old sand the side of my truck...

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Nice Tank! Somewhere there's a pic of me at 8 or 9 with a grinder going to work on my parents' 1950 Mercury. I have adults I work with I wouldn't let my rigs with power tools. I try not to let them operate anything NERF tools without proper supervision.

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