The location of your vehicle's valance makes it prone to all sorts of damage. Since it practically covers the bumper, it is among the first ones that get damaged during a head-on collision. It can also get covered with mud and dirt and hit by loose stones and road debris every time you take your ride out for a drive. This is the reason automotive valances look dull and unsightly over time, thus affecting the vehicle's appealing fascia.
Fortunately, automotive valances, especially those that are made of plastic, can be painted to make them look like new and give your ride a facelift. In fact, the easiest way to repair lightly scratched or dented valances is to have them painted. That said, here's how to repair a valance by properly painting it without taking it off the vehicle:
What you'll need:
- Spray paint
- Spray clear coat paint
- Masking tape
- 220-grit sandpaper
- Adhesion promoter spray
- Alcohol wipes/rubbing alcohol and clean cloth
Step 1: Clean the vehicle and the valance. Before doing any exterior modification on the vehicle, it is wise to wash it first, paying particular attention to the part that will be painted or modified. Once the vehicle has completely dried, get your alcohol wipes or a clean cloth dipped in alcohol and wipe the area that will be painted. This will rid the surface of all types of dirt stuck on it.
Step 2: Sand the surface. This is the best way to prepare the surface area for painting as sanding helps make the paint adhere well. To do this, get your 220-grit sandpaper and sand the entire plastic surface. Make sure to sand all the areas that will be painted including the edges and any opening.
Step 3: Protect the surrounding surfaces from paint overspray. One of the reasons you are painting your valance is to enhance the appearance of your vehicle's fascia, right? Don't let paint overspray ruin that. Before you start with the paint job, put a masking tape around the surrounding area. You should also cover the grille and the fog lights so they won't be painted in the process.
Step 4: Apply a layer of adhesion promoter. Aside from sanding, the adhesion promoter also prepares the surface area for paint. Acting like primer, the promoter prevents paint from cracking and peeling off. After evenly coating the surface area of the valance, allow the adhesion promoter to dry for at least 30 minutes.
Step 5: Spray three thin coats of paint. The proper way to spray paint is to hold the sprayer 6 to 8 inches from the surface and evenly spray a thin layer of paint. Wait for five minutes between each thin coat of paint. This will allow each layer to dry before adding another coat.
Step 6: Apply three thin layers of clear coat paint. Follow the same spray techniques as when applying the paint. Also let each layer of clear coat paint to dry before spraying another layer. Allow your newly painted valance to dry for four hours or more before touching it.