DIY Tips for Repairing Minor Bumper Damage in Your Own Garage

DIY Tips for Repairing Minor Bumper Damage in Your Own Garage

Being rear-ended by another driver is one of the most common types of car accidents, according to Crowell Law Offices. This can result in minor to moderate bumper damage, and damaged bumpers can affect any insurance claims you try to make later. They can also reduce the resale or trade value of your vehicle. Bumpers can also be scratched, dinged or cracked after backing into another vehicle or an object such as a light pole. Regardless of how the damage occurs, it is important that you take care of it as soon as possible to ensure that it can't spread and cause other problems. 

Scratches

Minor bumper scratches can be filled with paint pens that come in colors designed to match the surrounding paint. The material will fill in the scratch and then create a seal to keep dirt and other debris out of the area. You can also opt to sand, prime and paint the scratch depending on how large it is. If you choose to paint any portion of your bumper, make sure that the paint is an exact match to the rest of the vehicle. You can contact the vehicle's manufacturer to determine what color to use. 

Small Dents Can Be Repaired Quickly

Getting minor dents out of a car requires nothing more than hot water and a towel. First, pour the hot water over the dented portion of the bumper. The water will cause the plastic to pop back into its original shape. If the water doesn't work on its own, you can lightly tap the bumper with your fist or a soft gavel or hammer. Once the dent has been removed, wipe off any remaining moisture with the towel to prevent rust or anything else from growing on the vehicle. If the dent is in another place in your car, you could use Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) suggests DentWizard.

Cracks Can Be Fixed in an Afternoon

Cracks in a bumper could grow if they are not fixed in a timely manner. They can also make a bumper more susceptible to rust, and it can be harder to pass an inspection if this component is not in good condition. ChipsAway explains that to fix a crack, simply take the bumper off the vehicle, and sand the cracked area. The next step is to use epoxy to fill in the crack before you prime and paint it. After the paint has been allowed to dry, the bumper can be placed back on the vehicle.
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