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Old 09-14-2010, 10:19 PM   #1
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rear bumper cover scrape. need help

i put this in the DIY section, but no help there... anyways.

i was parked at school, and when i was leaving i noticed that my bumper was scraped. i dont have enough money to replace it, but i think its fixable, im not sure though.

i searched the forum but found nothing about this. can someone please give me a DIY on how to fix it or tell me what to do. thank you.
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:38 PM   #2
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This is exactly why i freak out every time i have to take my car to school...Hope you get it fixed soon...take it to a paint shop they should be able to just repaint it...i think
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:39 PM   #3
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This is exactly why i freak out every time i have to take my car to school...
you have no idea what i felt like, i mean my whole world went backwards for like 2 mins. lol.
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:49 PM   #4
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Sorry buddy - no fix for that, its down to the raw plastic bumper. Its going to need a re-paint, you can minimize the terrible look of it by polishing it. It's not going to look great, but 50% better at least.
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Sorry buddy - no fix for that, its down to the raw plastic bumper. Its going to need a re-paint, you can minimize the terrible look of it by polishing it. It's not going to look great, but 50% better at least.
what if i strip the whole bumper (sand it down) and repait it. is that cheap-ish?
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:07 PM   #6
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what if i strip the whole bumper (sand it down) and repait it. is that cheap-ish?
that is what is needed... if you feel you're up for the task, and can make it match
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:15 PM   #7
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that is what is needed... if you feel you're up for the task, and can make it match
the whole bumper? or just that part.
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Are you a autobody painter? Krylon isn't going to fix that. A professional with a paint booth, is going to have to grind it down to even it, prime, base, and clear coat it. Then color sand and buff. Polish it for now, and get it fixed when you have some extra coin.
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Are you a autobody painter? Krylon isn't going to fix that. A professional with a paint booth, is going to have to grind it down to even it, prime, base, and clear coat it. Then color sand and buff. Polish it for now, and get it fixed when you have some extra coin.
ok thanks, do you know how much it would cost to have someone paint it later on?
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:43 PM   #10
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like anywhere from 300 - 500 i think =/
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Old 09-15-2010, 02:37 AM   #11
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Don't you have insurance? That's covered as a collision, depending how much your deductible is, that could save you some money. Definitely needs repainting, professionally, not by you. I think Jagan is spot-on for the repaint. I'd say more like $300. For that amount, I probably wouldn't bother with insurance, especially since more than likely you have at least a $500 deductible like most people.

Sorry this happened, at least it's not as bad as mine was. But I feel your pain, I was right there a couple weeks ago. Now it's good as new and I couldn't be happier. Good luck
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:24 AM   #12
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Don't you have insurance? That's covered as a collision, depending how much your deductible is, that could save you some money. Definitely needs repainting, professionally, not by you. I think Jagan is spot-on for the repaint. I'd say more like $300. For that amount, I probably wouldn't bother with insurance, especially since more than likely you have at least a $500 deductible like most people.

Sorry this happened, at least it's not as bad as mine was. But I feel your pain, I was right there a couple weeks ago. Now it's good as new and I couldn't be happier. Good luck
i dont want to go through insurance because i dont want it to show up on carfax, and i dont want my insurance to be any more expensive (im 19 so it already cost a lot).

and ifs its like 300 bucks then i might as well buy a bumper on ebay and paint that.
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Should be around 300-400 to have a bumper resprayed depending on where you live. Don't buy a bumper on ebay that doesn't correctly fit the car - a good shop in your area should be able to take care of this.
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:52 AM   #14
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ok thanks, do you know how much it would cost to have someone paint it later on?
I have two small abrasions on my bumper, through the clear coat. I got two estimates from paint shops, one was $600 and the other was $900. Your repair I'm sorry to say, is not going to be cheap.
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i dont want to go through insurance because i dont want it to show up on carfax, and i dont want my insurance to be any more expensive (im 19 so it already cost a lot).

and ifs its like 300 bucks then i might as well buy a bumper on ebay and paint that.
The same exact thing happened to my car a couple of weeks ago. I have exactly the same damage as you, in the same spot. The bumper is scraped right down into the rubber, and the rubber is gouged....scrape is about 12" long and 4" wide. I had a "brush" with a cement base on a light pole. (Dam blind spot.....my own fault)

Just to give you an idea of cost......my buddy owns his own body shop, he said the repair and repaint would normally cost around $500-$600. He's going to do it for me for $200 cash.
So to repair your damage, I'd say at least $500. If you buy another bumper and have it painted, I'd bet you'll be in the $1,000 range for everything.
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I say use the same bumper and have it repainted...cuz if you buy another bumper its gonna get expensive...
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I have two small abrasions on my bumper, through the clear coat. I got two estimates from paint shops, one was $600 and the other was $900. Your repair I'm sorry to say, is not going to be cheap.
It will be cheaper than yours more than likely. Painters hate to spray metallic paint because it is a pain in the but to match closely especially on plastic, and metallic paints cost more than basic paints. His repairs should be more around $300 since it is black and not a metallic black.
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I say use the same bumper and have it repainted...cuz if you buy another bumper its gonna get expensive...
so would i have to get the whole thing repainted or just that one spot? and would it look good? i mean i dont want it to be noticeable.
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If you have it repainted by a professional. The mark will not be noticeable. It will look just like new, and if it is still noticeable, don't take the car back until you are happy with it. The dealer has to repair it as good as they can, and they back it up guaranteed. More than likely they'll just repaint that spot. They will sand the clear coat down on the rest of it. Sand that spot smooth. Primer that spot. Paint the spot. Then re clear coat the entire bumper so that the paint on the entire bumper matches.
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so would i have to get the whole thing repainted or just that one spot? and would it look good? i mean i dont want it to be noticeable.
If you can get the whole bumper repainted it would look much better imo, and it shouldn't be noticeable at all. thats if you take it to a reputable paint shop.
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does anyone know how long all this would take? my car is my daily driver, i cant go to long without it.
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If you have an appointment, it should take about 1 to 2 days, 3 days maximum. When I first got my car, the stickers that come on the car ripped the paint off my rear bumper cover. I got an appointment with my dealer. I took my car over about noon one day, and I got it back about 3 o'clock the next day. They can take the bumper cover off and bake it alone so it makes it easier than other body panels.
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I'd hunt them down like a dog, if it did that to your car i'm sure there car has damage also.
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Here's a link to a video I found that shows how to repair plastic bumper covers.

http://shows.implex.tv/3MTV/Root/AAD...oginComplete=1
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look what hapened to mine 3 months ago.. havent even gotten a quote on it :(

its gouged all the way across

im hoping between 300-500 bucks.. i called a few places one said they could fix it by melting it or some thing...
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