I have a 2002 Mazda Protege ES. I was stupid and scuffed the front bumper when I put it up on some ramps so I could change the oil. I have some touch-up paint I got from the dealer a while back and was wondering if I could use that on the bumper. I always heard you can't paint plastic, and the bumper feels like plastic/rubber. If I can use it, will it stay on like it would with metal? Or will it chip off easy.
I forgot about the primer (DOH)!! Very good suggestion krupted.
Keep in mind that almost every plastic car bumper is painted, so it will work out fine if you prep your surface well. It's too expensive to actually color the plastic and try to get that nice shiny finish, so most of them (98%) start out as a black plastic blank.
maybe someday though. gm is developing a system to replace metal bodywork. the colored lexan will be the skin on the cars, and scratches only need to be buffed out as the color is all the way deep. Not sure when its actually going to be implemented, but eventually i dont see any cars being made with sheetmetal bodies anymore....