Join Date: Jun 2015
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These bumpers are not painted. They are color matched plastic caps like that of molding and mirrors and on 99% of car & SUV front and rear bumpers.
Having driven cars and small SUVs as commuter vehicles for years down an average of 4 miles of dirt roads each day I can say the hold up pretty good.
A point of comparison would be that I will usually have numerous hood chips from rocks an the like before I have anything noticeable on the painted plastic bumper.
I attribute this to 2 things;
1. The plastic absorbs impacts better without acute deformations like a dent or crease that metal would have, thus nut creasing the paint to start chipping.
2. The paint becomes essentially the top layer of plastic. The paint better bonds to the plastic as it is more closely aligned to the chemical composition of the plastic bumper, where as paint relies on certain bonding agents to adhere to metal surfaces.
The plastic is a lot less likely to dent, and is more likely to return to its original position with minimal/unnoticeable deformation unlike metal.
Will it hold up as good as a chrome bumper? Eh? both require care to keep looking new(wash, wax/polish). The chrome is shinier but is susceptible to rust & pitting.
That said I have not inspected a 2017/18 close enough to ensure they haven gone to an all metal painted bumper, but I know previous models and F150s use a heavy plastic or plastic layer wrapped metal bumpers.
As for the side accent colors, I don't know why they wouldn't hold up any worse than the primary color of the vehicle. It is all applied using the same process.
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