How to Repair Bumper of Your Used Car


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You can expect less damage to your car bumper in congested and heavy city traffic. These minor damages can be repaired by your adhering to the following steps:

Clean the Bumper Surface

The first step towards repairing damaged plastic bumpers You should identify any debris and foreign objects which are standing out of your car's bumper. You should remove these particles carefully to create a smooth surface for repairing your bumper. Larger pieces stick to the bumper can be cut using razor blades. After removing these particles, you should use an 80 or 100-grit sandpaper for sanding the bumper. You should then clean and sand the back of the bumper using the sandpaper.

Clearly Mark the Repair Area

The area which needs to be repaired should be clearly marked on the bumper. The repair area should be marked before you start applying the filer on the bumper. You can do this by cutting a cloth or mesh which is nearly one inch larger than the damage on your bumper. You should be able to use the fiberglass filler and press it on the backside of the damaged bumper. Once you have done this, you will be able to repair the patch and make it easier for you to work on the bumper.

Add Filler

Once your repair is clearly marked, you should proceed ahead by applying filler on it. It is very important to follow the instructions provided by the container filler. You should apply the number of layers of filler on the bumper as recommended on the container. You should apply a thin layer of the filler on the bumper surface and allow it to dry slowly.

Sand and Contour

You should have sand bumper using an 80-grit sandpaper first. This should be followed by another sanding using a 120-grit sandpaper. You can apply a light coat of fill to any imperfections. You should complete this step by doing a final sanding with a wet 400-grit sandpaper.

Paint Your Bumper

The final step in repairing the bumper is to paint it. You should start by applying two wet coats of flexible part sealer and let it dry for 30 minutes. Now your bumper is ready for painting. You should then start the bumper with two coats of primer, allowing the primer coatings to dry in between. Now you can spray paint the instructions on the paint container.

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