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Old 12-11-2017, 12:17 PM   #1
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Damage lower front grille

Does anyone know how I could repair the dented section (see pics)?
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Old 12-11-2017, 01:08 PM   #2
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Slow down A bit anal r we... You can try a heat gun as it usually will get rid of the white fuzzy rash (it just melts in back into place), but don't know about missing chunks. You can just ignore it, buy a new one for $129 bucks and replace it once you experience a few parking lot cement stopping blocks..
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Old 12-11-2017, 03:25 PM   #3
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I was also thinking putting a ball peen hammer or something similar under the middle of the dent to lift it as you put the heatgun to it. I haven't done this to that plastic part so no idea if it would discolor and make it look worse. As ZME said now if all else fails just buy a new one. Not a huge risk in trying to fix it yourself. You could fix it with filler too but much more work and unless it's flexible it would chunk out the first time you hit anything.
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Old 12-11-2017, 03:36 PM   #4
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I was also thinking putting a ball peen hammer or something similar under the middle of the dent to lift it as you put the heatgun to it. I haven't done this to that plastic part so no idea if it would discolor and make it look worse. As ZME said now if all else fails just buy a new one. Not a huge risk in trying to fix it yourself. You could fix it with filler too but much more work and unless it's flexible it would chunk out the first time you hit anything.
I have Heat Gunned mine a many of times and there is no discoloration if you don't over heat it, just keep moving the gun back and forth.
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:43 AM   #5
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Thanks. I will try the heat gun/hammer.

How difficult is it to remove the damaged one and replace with new?
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Old 12-14-2017, 09:40 AM   #6
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Slow down A bit anal r we... You can try a heat gun as it usually will get rid of the white fuzzy rash (it just melts in back into place), but don't know about missing chunks. You can just ignore it, buy a new one for $129 bucks and replace it once you experience a few parking lot cement stopping blocks..
Where can I get a replacement for $129?
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Old 12-14-2017, 09:50 AM   #7
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Where can I get a replacement for $129?
https://www.cultragfactoryparts.com

Reasonable price but the shipping will kill you....

I bought mine from local Chevy dealer, paid about 170.00 but no shipping.

Install requires removal of entire front fascia, took me about 4 hrs but next time would be half that long.

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Old 12-14-2017, 10:31 AM   #8
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https://www.cultragfactoryparts.com

Reasonable price but the shipping will kill you....

I bought mine from local Chevy dealer, paid about 170.00 but no shipping.

Install requires removal of entire front fascia, took me about 4 hrs but next time would be half that long.

Jeff
Same here. Dented mine, had the local dealer replace it for $170 (including labor). They were surprised that the splitter is actually part of the lower grill assembly and thus required removing the entire front facia to replace the part.
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