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Painted front bumper that come shipped "folded" ? eg. MBI Auto, PaintNShip, etc. ?

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Hello,

The front bumper has seen better days. :( The car has 221,000 miles on it. And has the original xpel ppf from 2002 install that's just looking really faded and yuck.

I could spend days with steaming, etc. to remove the ppf, and the sticky residues that it leaves behind. Underneath sticky residues if cleaned up okay, should leave the original bumper from 2002, before xpel went on.

Looking at reasonable cost option to replace the front bumper with pre-painted bumpers from online places. I'll do the swap myself, seem doable after looking at few DIY's.

Options are,

a) $280+tax that is ship "folded" (expect some imperfections)
b) $560+tax that is ship "unfolded" (0 imperfections, so they say)

Anyone here has done business with online places (eg. MBI Auto, PaintNShip, etc.) that sell pre-painted bumpers and used their "economy" (aka. shipped "folded") bumper?

Thanks.


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Thank you all for the feedbacks, appreciate it.

I will start by following the below suggestion.

steam off the xpel and keep the stock bumper.

it wont take you half as long as replacing the bumper and moving parts over from the old to the new bumper.
and its WAY cheaper

also the paint quality on the aftermarket shipped direct bumpers is not as good.

This video shows the amount of elbow grease to be prepared for,

 

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I used a partify.com primed painted and clear coated, delivered in bubble wrap, no folds no damage.
country roads sandblasted the shit out of it within a year, due to low quality clear coat.

If partify ships painted bumper for the cost plus shipping without folded (assuming that's the case) then the costs shown here, seem to put them at around $422'ish.

I'll call them tomorrow to confirm the shipment is with without folded. If that's the case then hrm, $422'ish versus my own time to clean up the ppf (and get back factory finish bumper behind it). Hrm...

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