Someone correct me if I'm wrong but you will not have to worry about paint for that part of the bumper. I believe it comes the way you see it on your E now.
One thing to keep in my....When Honda designed the front bumper as one piece painted covers were not in the picture....Good change that they had not even planned to even introduce a painted cover in the future.One piece. At first that was my impression like hey just the black plastic is damaged easy fix. Closer look revels it is not, bad design IMO but cheaper for Honda to make one big mold.
The rear bumper is actually alot cheaper, and easier to replace than the front!It's not that bad. I had that happen in walmart to the bad bumper. Looks way worst. Bumpers aren't cheap so I haven't fixed it.
Just had my 06 TRP rearended. Initially looked like only the rear bumper tread insert got screwed. Then saw dimples on the plastic cladding near the tailgate hinges. Still didn't think it much. Left the scene with info exchange since rearender had only licenseplate frame damage. Then, after a few days, I pulled down the tailgate. OMG. Both of the tailgate hinges were pushed into the unibody and the underlying steel tailgate behind the plastic cladding was 'flattened'. So, the estimate to return it to OEM is $2150. OMG.:twisted:I was rear-ended this past week. Just the rear bumper has some cuts, scrapes, and scratches on it. I did have some people mention to me that bumpers usually have "stuff" in them to absorb impact that may have been damaged. Any knowledge of this with the Element?
Yep, can confirm this one. Just got the tailgate cover for $250 for 07-08 EX which is actually spec'ed for my 2006 EXP. Needed to get painted. I'm glad I had the bodyshop do the work - I'd have been SCREWED with primed only part, if I went off only the parts website details.They only come primered. Honda incorrectly listed the front bumper and side panels as coming prepainted in the parts listings.