How To Buff Out Scratches On Plastic Bumper – Today, just a few days after owning my Soul, I noticed a new deep scratch (or gouge?) on the right side of the rear plastic bumper. The bumper is a colorless molded plastic. The damage wasn’t yesterday, so something must have happened either overnight, or when I parked it for a minute at the convenience store this morning, never leaving it unattended after yesterday evening. However, I am doing some research on how to fix this or how to significantly reduce it. One suggestion was to use a sharp razor to get rid of the protusions and then some kind of plastic filler, but I don’t know, because it’s molded plastic. The bumper was already old. Wondering if anyone here has had a similar experience. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am attaching a few pictures so you can see the damage.
It makes Carl happy. It’s frustrating because something designed to “hit” a car reminds you in a big way that it’s hit. You’d think that in this day and age there would be better materials than hard, brittle plastic
How To Buff Out Scratches On Plastic Bumper
A painted, smooth-surfaced bumper can be repaired, even with some filler, to near original condition. Not so much with the colorless, structured units of our soul.
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My suggestion, aside from replacing the entire bumper, would be to warm up the gun and see if the results are something you can live with. Take your time and don’t burn, knead the material. The goal is to soften it so the plastic on both sides of the scratch blends together.
PS: This thread by another member who had the same issue may or may not help in the “accept” phase.
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Yes, it is very disappointing. The video shows that it removes surface scratches, not sure how it will work in depth which goes through this indentation. A heat gun seems like a good investment though. I also look at prices from body shops. The damage isn’t horrible, but it’s definitely an eyesore..every time I look at it now, especially after having the ghost for less than a week. Thanks for your suggestions.
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Maybe check with your dealership, they may have local people who come to the dealership to do these types of repairs on their used cars (sometimes new ones) and can hook you up with a service.
What is the deductible on your insurance? Get an estimate for a replacement… YUP The only way to fix this is by replacing a new “SKIN”…<:-(((Replacing "SKINS" repeatedly Kinds are cheap, easy to do yourself…
You can only replace the middle plastic part of the bumper. It’s not a big job but it will take time because you have to remove the bumper cover and then the middle section. I had the same thing happen but on the painted part then it happened again and I had to replace the entire bumper.
Conwelpic said: Maybe check with your dealership, they may have local people come to the dealership to repair their used vehicles (sometimes new ones) and can hook you up with a service. Click to expand… Yeah, I already talked to my guy at the dealership and he suggested just getting quotes from body shops.
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Spirit. Master 007 said: What is the deductible in your insurance….? Get an estimate for a replacement… YUP The only way to fix this is by replacing a new “SKIN”…<:-(((Replacing "SKINS" repeatedly Kind of cheap, easy to do yourself. Note: If this was my "new" Spirit, it would get a "new" skin…(fake bumper) Click to expand… My deductible $500 and the bumper covers I'm looking at are all under $200. This seems like the best option so far. I've done this in the past, but I'm trying to avoid replacing the whole thing.
Khanda said: You can only replace the middle plastic part of the bumper. It’s not a big job but it will take time because you have to remove the bumper cover and then the middle section. I had the same thing happen but on the painted part then it happened again and I had to replace the entire bumper. Click to expand… I hear it. Again, the damage isn’t too terrible, I can probably live with it for now. I might just get one of those band aid stickers, after removing the spreader plastic, and consider replacing the bumper cover in the future.
After it’s fixed maybe get one of these for parking in the future, you can flip it when you park, and flip it back into the trunk/hatch when you’re driving. Bumper Cat – Outdoor Parking Bumper Protector, Bumper Protector, Rear Bumper Protector
I’ve had some luck using marine epoxy/filler and paint to repair plastic bumper covers in general, but I haven’t used it in spirit. This may be important. Plastic can be tricky. I even reproduced the textures by pressing the business side of the sandpaper against the epoxy when it was close, but not completely set. It’s really not that hard and usually not noticeable until you get very close.
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I’ll try what @conwelpic suggested first, though. Most sellers have people who do this kind of work. That’s how I found my first PDR guy. I think they probably have people who specialize in plastic bumpers as well.
This is an old thread, you may not get a reply, and may want to revive an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread. Picture this: You’ve just spent minutes perfecting your parallel parking so that you’re close to the limit and have enough distance from the cars in front and behind you. You go out, do your chores and come back to your car. The cars in front of you and behind you are gone, giving you plenty of room to pull over. Unfortunately, upon closer inspection, it seems that other cars have left a little behind: your bumpers are scratched, dented, dented. For such a minor cosmetic flaw, fixing it is just as expensive as a full overhaul on your car.
There are ways to save a little and there is a quick fix like doing this project yourself.
So yes, fixing your damaged bumpers involves a little bit of grinding, sanding, sculpting, and painting. But knowing these steps will save you.
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Most car owners head to their local auto parts store for some really cheap body filler and a can of what they think is matching spray paint. This is a bad idea.
Over the years the construction of car body parts has changed and thus you as a car owner need to adjust. This is a whole new set of supplies that you need to gather in terms of fixing the painted plastic/carbon fiber parts as opposed to the metal used to make the bumpers.
There are too many companies to name that specialize in DIY repair accessories for scratches and bumpers. What you need is the following (at a minimum):
What is interesting to note is the fact that when referring to the bumper you are not actually talking about the part of the car that protects the front and rear frame of your car. The actual “bumper” part of the front or rear bumper is what is hidden under the plastic or sheet metal that is prone to nicks and scratches. The point is that the plastic cover was actually designed for the express purpose of deflecting and dampening impacts.
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Most modern cars have screws behind the metal cap near the trunk latch, as well as screws under the lights and in the wheel wells. After removing them Once they were removed, we were able to slide the bumper tabs out of a number of slots in the rear quarter panels. Look for screws or bolts under the trunk carpet between the wheel and the rear bumper.
Work in a warm, dry place. Remember that no two bumpers are made the same. Check the label inside to identify the type of plastic.
With that out of the way, it’s time to choose your filler. Different fillers react to different materials and often they will be labeled accordingly. As with most things cars: compatibility is key.
After the material hardens, look at the front of the fascia and remove any tape. With 80-grit sandpaper, sand away any excess material. After you have filled the cut or tear and filled any low spots in the face of the fascia with appropriate