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Plastic Bumper Repair Tips and Tricks

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When it comes to bumper repair, there are a few deciding factors that will determine how difficult your bumper will be to fix, and whether you are better off simply replacing it. The two main factors in bumper repair are the extent of the damage and the type of plastic.

There are four types of plastic that are used in building cars, and the process of bumper repair depends somewhat on the type of plastic your car is built of. Of the four, the easiest to repair is what is known as Thermo-Set. Whether the flexible or rigid type of this plastic, bumper repair is relatively easy as the plastic will not melt when a grinder is used.

TPO plastic, on the other hand, is known to melt and become stringy under the application of a grinder. This makes it a lot harder to repair, and in many cases repair shops will recommend skipping the bumper repair in favor of replacement. It’s not impossible to repair, but requires knowledge of the particular steps and products that are best used in this process. Whenever you approach a bumper repair project, and you don’t know what type of plastic you are facing, it’s best to treat it as if it was TPO. If you follow some careful steps, you can repair any plastic, even the most difficult.

The key to TPO and other bumper repair is that you need the right tools. Among the most important are a cleaning agent to prepare the surface and an adhesion agent that will allow the bumper repair compound to adhere to the bumper surface. Then you will need the usual bumper repair products. An auto body specialist should be able to point you in the right direction.

Doing bumper repair work yourself is not difficult, but it does require some skill. Like anything else in life, practice makes perfect. Your first attempt at bumper repair might not be the best you can do. If you don’t expect to do much work in this area, you are probably best to simply let a professional handle the job. However, if you own many cars or plan to be doing repair for others, practicing is the best way to get the hang of it. Consider picking up some damaged bumpers at a junk yard and trying your repair skills on a surface that really doesn’t matter much before you attempt to fix an actual vehicle.

When attempting bumper repair, read all of the manufacturer’s directions on the products involved, and be sure you are using all required safety equipment and precautions. This will make sure your bumper repair is not only done well, but done safely too!

Bumper repair is not a task that only a pro can do. With the right tools and a little know-how, you can take care of minor dings, scratches and even holes in your bumper yourself. Just be sure that you have all of the required tools and knowledge before you get started.

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