Low-grade chroming is pretty common for auto makers these days and re-chroming may not be worth it. Carefully mask the area around your repair and spray the smooth repair. No hot water, just an electric hot air paint remover, an Allen key, a screwdriver and the internet. ¦Apply thin coat of adhesion promoter to repair area and allow to dry 5 to 10 minutes. Fortunately, there are a number of companies making repair and refinishing materials for plastic bumpers, as well as plastic fenders and door skins made from sheet molding compound. Be sure to share this on twitter and facebook below and give it a kudos! The primer was then wetsanded before paint was applied.
Choosing a repair kit If you are thinking of trying to fix the damage yourself, there are a range of plastic bumper repair kits available. But with the fascia removed, it's easy to identify the type of plastic because it's stamped into the back side. Sand the front of the bumper around the damaged area. If you carefully heat the plastic by moving your hair dryer or heat gun around, you can get the plastic hot enough that it takes very little effort to cause the dent to pop out. If not, then you are better to patch it from the inside of the bumper and use color matched plastic weld on the outside to cover it over. Replacing chrome parts On the other hand, it may be easier to simply replace your bumper altogether.
Tip 4 — Metal Bumpers One other method for repairing dented bumpers is heat. As I worked the area, I could see the dent gradually getting smaller. Let dry according to the time suggested by the repair kit manufacturer. When it seems like the bumper is cooling off and hardening up a bit, stop and repeat the steps to throughly warm the bumper up again - pour another kettle or two full of boiling water over the towel and continue to do this, alternating between the boiling water and hair dryer over the next 20 minutes as needed. Mask off the bumper to avoid getting paint on the body then apply a first coat of paint. The color match is very close, just slightly darker due to the 12 year old oxidized paint, and there is a decent pearl that shines back in the sunlight. Then sand the area by hand with 80 grit sandpaper to remove raised or sharp edges and leave a somewhat rough finish — this will give the filler something to bond with.
But I had to remove the entire rear bumper in order to have access to the corner. Environmental regulations have made it pretty difficult to make chroming super-affordable, but there are still shops out there that can do it. If not applied with a spray gun, the metallic paint clumps together and reflects a much different color, despite it is indeed factory touch up. Again, read the labels and follow the maker's recommendations for operator safety—this stuff can be very toxic if inhaled. Spray on one more coat of paint and let dry for 12 hours.
. After it has hardened, sand everything level, first with 80-grit, then 120-grit, and then apply a light skim coat of repair material to fill pits and surface imperfections, and to restore the original contour. A few of these can be taken out with a heat gun. Move quickly while the bumper is warm and begin to apply pressure on the back edge of the dent with the rounded end of the baseball bat, especially working the sharp edges of the crease hard by moving the end of the bat back and forth across the creased area. A safe way of trying to take out big dents on your car is by using several wooden dowels, a few screws, and. Large pieces can be cut off with a razor blade.
When wiping with this material, go in only one direction because going in two directions simply drags contaminants back into the repair. Tip 2 — Polyurethane Bumper Cracks If the bumper has a crack, you can also try to heat the area, but do not melt it. Often, you will have to consult with a local auto body shop to determine the degree of damage, and most body shops will provide a free repair estimate. If you're going to try this method, make sure that you have enough glue and some patience. He masked off the area, including the nearest wheel, to avoid primer reaching beyond where it was needed, then applied it with a spray gun in even layers.
Instead, save yourself some of that hard-earned money and do it yourself. Plug in your hair dryer with the extension cord to get it in close proximity to the car bumper, but safely out of the way of the kettle and the water! Apply two medium clearcoats, allowing each to dry in between. The splash guard will be held on by plastic clips or metal bolts. Apply two more coats of the flexible bumper coat paint, allowing time for the paint to dry between applications. Apply layer upon layer of fiberglass sheets while supplying sufficient resin in between layers. Allow to Dry 5 Minutes or Recommended Time as Stated by Brand. After the solvent has dried, sand the area by hand with 80-grit paper.
Once the primer has hardened, dry sand the repaired areas with 400-grit paper to level it and remove any imperfections. Add one layer of filler at a time and let each one dry before applying the next. After drying for 30 minutes, the fascia is ready for priming and painting. In most cases, in today's paint finish, auto paint is now mixed with metal flakes. Bear in mind that the filler usually starts drying quite quickly, so you will need to work fast here. Once it's in place, lightly wetsand the painted surface with 1500-grit paper to remove dust particles and surface paint imperfections.