[Hands-On Review] Buying a Painted to Match Bumper on Amazon - 3rd Party Blog Review

Background

The front bumper on my Acura RSX was in rough shape. I had been backed into, so the plastic needed repair, and the paint was failing. I got quotes from body shops and they all wanted $400+ to repair the bumper and paint it. So I started searching online for the cost of a new bumper and planned to repaint it myself. That’s when I ran across a pre-painted bumper from MBI Auto on Amazon for $289 shipped. At that price, it wasn’t worth my time to buy a bumper and paint it. I was skeptical of the price (sounded too good to be true) but I decided to take the risk after reading some positive reviews on other bumpers on Amazon. Knowing that modern automotive paint doesn’t fade much I was pretty confident that a good color match could be attained if I gave them accurate information. I took pictures of the paint code sticker in my door jamb, which also included the paint type letter, and my VIN number, and put in my order with MBI Auto on Amazon.

The Good

It only took about two and a half weeks for me to have my painted bumper delivered to my house. I was impressed at the size of the package and how well packed it was.

Acura RSX Pre Painted Bumper

 

Once the cardboard was removed you could see a ton of bubble wrap.

Acura RSX Pre Painted Bumper

 

I removed the bubble wrap and was pretty excited at how much I got. I sell things on eBay so this was like getting a discount!

Acura RSX Pre Painted Bumper

The bumper was covered in soft plastic and taped. I removed that reveal that the bumper was covered in a fine powder. It appeared to be to help protect it from scratches. It didn’t feel like typical shop overspray and it washed off with just water.

 

Acura RSX Pre Painted Bumper

I washed the bumper and was very happy with what I had received. The paint was even, appeared to be the right color, was very smooth and glossy, and had no serious defects that I could find. I’ve had parts painted by a professional collision repair shop before that didn’t come out this nice.

Acura RSX Pre Painted Bumper

 

Acura RSX Pre Painted Bumper

Acura RSX Pre Painted Bumper

Acura RSX Pre Painted Bumper

Acura RSX Pre Painted Bumper

Acura RSX Pre Painted Bumper

The bumper was aftermarket, of course, but it was spot on as far as the way it was built compared to the factory bumper. I quickly removed my factory bumper and installed this one.

Acura RSX Pre Painted Bumper

Acura RSX Pre Painted Bumper

Acura RSX Pre Painted Bumper

As you can see the fit and flake and color match were spot on. Usually, with metallic re-paints, the flop of the flake will be off or the size of the flake and it will look a different shade or color. That was not the case with this bumper. The texture was even a good match, having no orange peel.

Ignore the scraped-up bottom lip. That part is actually removable and was transferred from the old bumper because the new one didn’t come with it. It will get replaced soon.

I was 100% satisfied with what I had purchased and what I had paid for it. I’m not confident a body shop could have done any better of a job.

 

The Bad

The only disappointment I had was that they painted over the center grille section and fog light holes that are normally left raw black plastic on the OEM bumper. Once I thought about it, though, I grew to like the look and the OEM bumper did fade in these areas prematurely anyway.

 

Longevity / Reliability

I’ve only had the bumper for two months. I can’t really speak to how long the paint will last. Given how well it’s laid out and how well it matches the factory paint, I’m pretty confident it will last a long time if taken care of. A good wax, sealant, or coating and not tailgating people will go a long way to preserving the finish of this bumper.

I’ve had a lot of cars with repainted parts and the paint never seems to last as long as the original paint so I have no delusions of this bumper’s paint lasting forever. I’m going to keep an eye on it though and do what I can to take care of it.

If I do have any problems I will report back here and update the post. Be sure to subscribe to my email list on the right to receive post updates.

 

Update:

It has been a year now since I installed this bumper and it still looks great. No rock chips have developed (helps that I don’t follow close and mostly drive in the city now) and there is no sign of clear coat failure. The color has remained true as well.

In the effort of full disclosure, I did apply Collinite 845 Insulator Wax to the bumper about 60 days after install so the clear coat had some help defending itself from the elements.

I’m still super happy with this bumper. In fact, I’m considering contacting MBI to see if they can do a rear bumper for the RSX as well. There are a few imperfections in its’ current rear bumper that I’d like to get rid of to bring this car back to near new condition. I think it’s looking pretty good for a 192k mile Honda!

 

Reader’s Review

One of our readers, Terry, also had great luck with an MBI bumper on his SUPER CLEAN low mileage ’06 Mercury Grand Marquis.

Here you can see the before pictures with the old bumper:

06 Mercury Grand Marquis in Dark Toreador Red Clearcoat Metallic before installing an MBI painted to match bumper from Amazon.

06 Mercury Grand Marquis in Dark Toreador Red Clearcoat Metallic before installing an MBI painted to match bumper from Amazon.

It’s hard to tell in the pictures but the old bumper was damaged on the bottom from a previous owner pulling too far over a curb and hanging the bumper upon it.

Here you can see the new MBI bumper installed displaying a great match to the factory paint returning Terry’s pride and joy back to like-new condition!

Review of 06 Mercury Grand Marquis in Dark Toreador Red Clearcoat Metallic after installing an MBI painted to match bumper from Amazon.

Review of 06 Mercury Grand Marquis in Dark Toreador Red Clearcoat Metallic after installing an MBI painted to match bumper from Amazon.

Review of 06 Mercury Grand Marquis in Dark Toreador Red Clearcoat Metallic after installing an MBI painted to match bumper from Amazon.

Review of 06 Mercury Grand Marquis in Dark Toreador Red Clearcoat Metallic after installing an MBI painted to match bumper from Amazon.

Review of 06 Mercury Grand Marquis in Dark Toreador Red Clearcoat Metallic after installing an MBI painted to match bumper from Amazon.

Great job on keeping that Mercury Grand Marquis super clean, by the way! That Dark Toreador Metallic is a great color!

 

Wrap Up

Would I buy this bumper again? Heck yes. Do I think I got a good deal? Absolutely. Would I buy a pre-painted to-match bumper from MBI Auto off of Amazon for any of my other vehicles? Without a doubt.

I have no idea how they manage to deliver such a good product and make any money at the prices they charge but I’m happy they can. For the pickup truck folks (Silverado, F-Series, Ram) this would be an affordable option for getting body-color bumpers as well. For the same price as having a shop paint your chrome bumper to match, you could buy a painted to match MBI Auto bumper and sell your chrome bumper and come out way ahead.

 

Read this amazing review over at theartofcleanliness.com

Thank You, Brian!