How to Paint a Textured Bumper

Updated April 17, 2017

A bumper on a car is the piece on the front and rear of the vehicle that provides a buffer zone in the event of a collision. Instead of the frame of the vehicle sustaining the effects of the collision, the bumpers absorb the damage in many cases, leaving the car intact. You can take a brand new plastic bumper and give it a stylish, textured finish before installing it to add some flair to your car. The modification is so easy that you can get the entire process completed in one day.

Wipe down the bumper completely with denatured alcohol and a soft cloth. Give the bumper a thorough cleaning to ensure all of the dust and dirt from the bumper is removed.

Coat the bumper evenly with a plastic adhesion spray wherever the texture will be applied. The spray promotes a better surface for the texture to bond with.

Fill the airbrush reservoir with the texture paint and apply it to the bumper in an even, thin layer. Leave the first coat to dry completely.

Apply a second coat on top of the first and ensure the bumper is covered evenly with the texture. Let the second coat dry until the bumper is dry to the touch.

Sand the bumper lightly with 600-grit sandpaper to dislodge any loose particles. Work slowly to keep the surface consistent.

Apply the bumper colouring over the sanded textured paint in thin, light coats. Apply as many coats as you need to in order to get the bumper colour to look how you want.


You can texturise a used bumper if you remove the old paint first.


Never use an airbrush in an enclosed, airless area or you will breathe in the fumes, which are not good for your health.

Things You'll Need

  • Denatured alcohol
  • Soft cloth
  • Plastic adhesion spray
  • Airbrush
  • Texture paint
  • 600-grit sandpaper
  • Automotive paint
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Based in West Windsor, N.J., Allison Melman has been writing health- and travel-related articles since 1999. Her work has appeared in "Salon" and "Better Health" magazines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Southern Connecticut State University.