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    Fibreglass Bodykits

    Got a quick question, i managed to get hold of a carzone 2 kit for my g, it was all lovely untill it began to be sprayed. i got a call from the bodyshop and they said.....

    "due to the bumpers being made from fibre glass and not plastic they will have a lot of movement in them, this means that the paint will eventually crack and web. you can risk it if you want but the paint could last 3 weeks or 6 months before it cracks"

    has anyone experiance cracking paint with fibreglass kits, the only kit i found in plastic was the reiger kit and i'm not sure that will match what i'm going for.


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    Thats a load of rubish.

    If the paint shop knows what they are doing the paint wont crack.

    There is all sorts of aditives you can fut into the paint to stop things happening.

    If its preped right and sprayed right it will be fine.

    Sounds like you need to find a better body shop.

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    i thought it was a bit strange as there is so many bodykits around, the bodyshop i use sprays ferraris so i took it as he knew what he is on about. anyone else shed any light?


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    i think the guy at the bodyshop is just being cautious, fibreglass isnt as rigid as a normal plastic bumper and can flex a lot more, if the bumper moves to much then the paint will crack, i wouldnt buy a fibreglass bodykit anyway even thou i work with it everyday i prefer normal plastic bumpers

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    Decent fibreglass is more far rigid than plastic, so the cracking webbing 'probelm' shouldn't happen, if he sprays it right. However because it's more rigid, it is also more brittle and less knock resisitant - it will crack rather than deform like plastic.

    As stated above by Lee- the body shop is talking tosh

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    fibreglass can be stronger than plastic but only if its thicker, thin fibreglass which they use for bumpers isnt as good

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    That depends on the manufacturer - copies are usually a very thin layup, with the inherent poor fit and quality.

    But a 'proper' manufacturers making first genertaion mouldings, like Lumma or JMS etc (both TUV approved) are bloody amazing quality and fit, nad very knock risistant for fibreglass.

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