Have you ever thought why your car bumper cover is made of plastic? It used to be chrome, but this once ubiquitous bumper material is now a thing of the past.
Indeed, a car bumper is one of the auto body technologies that are constantly changing. Knowing the latest trend helps you make smart decisions when repair time comes. Because given its purpose, this part is likely to need repairs in its lifetime.
Below are the things you must and must not do when fixing scratches on plastic bumpers, as suggested by experts at Breen Panelbeaters:
Don’t: Use a can of matching spray paint; it is for sheet metal repair.
Do: Use a hardener and adhesives for plastic bumper cover.
Don’t: Be too brand-conscious
Do: Buy a compatible filler
The kind of filler you need depends on the plastic type stamped on the back of the fascia. Yes, compatibility is much more than the brand. As such, your choice is the top-quality filler that is compatible with your car.
Don’t: Repair the fascia in a basement
Do: Choose a warm, dry place
Both the adhesives and filler need a moderate temperature to dry. These give off noxious fumes as well. You need a proper working area for this type of repair.
Don’t: Wipe the fascia in two directions
Do: Go only in one direction
A clean and dry fascia makes adhesion easier and better. So rinse it and let it dry, then wipe with a prep solution. Go in one direction to prevent dragging contaminants back to the repair.
What if your car has this shiny chrome accessory in the bumper? The shiny grille is returning as a fashion statement in cars, and we have seen some in South Auckland. Like in plastic bumper repairs, you may replace it with a new one or fix it. It depends on the damage to the object.
Fix bumper scratches before they cause a more serious problem. If you think you need help, call a professional or drive straight to a service centre.