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Old 11-01-2021, 07:10 PM   #461
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My solution. Blasted, powder coated the top coated body color.
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There is a sort of chrome finish powdercoat you can get done, obviously not exactly like chrome but better than rust.

Had found that after polishing with autosol so get the rust off and shiny to give a couple of coats of wax (not polish).
When I dailyed the bug and it lived outside I used to spray some WD40 over it after washed it. Kept the bumper decent for years.
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When i used to run it as my daily the bumpers were always covered in vaseline over the winter then cleaned off in the spring. Managed to get 3 years out of the cheap (£17 at the time) bumpers before the steel rotted from the backside.

The front one on this has a good few layers of carnuba wax on it. There were some specs of rust when i was first given it but i'd hoped to keep on top of it.
The back one is a brazilian one thats at least 20 years old and is still mint. Not sure how.
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I got a £30 one in 1997 and painted the rear, did the wd40 thing and it was on until 2013, got a new one at good £ and gave old one to a mate who machine polished it and put onhis bug, it's still on it afaik! I'd left bug in garage for a few years neglected and it started to rust a bit not buying another unless it's really cheap have a stainless rear one.
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Does anyone make stainless europa bumpers? I know you can get stainless blade bumpers but they're around the £200 mark.
Stainless bumpers for a mini are only £50 each. Scene tax at its best.
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Does anyone make stainless europa bumpers? I know you can get stainless blade bumpers but they're around the £200 mark.
Stainless bumpers for a mini are only £50 each. Scene tax at its best.
You could make a mini bumper from the foil of a kitkat though

Stainless blades were around £100 not that long ago, can't remember how much mine was, but that was in 2008, great quality. Prices have soared!
Mate has lacquered them before, lasts well, just stone chips to worry about
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Over £600 for stainless europa ones now.
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whaaaaaaaaaaaat??

I remember a guy over here made his own years ago, was a great job, hadn't the swage line in the middle though.
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