Your car's plastic bumpers don't always need replacement when minor damage crop up – such as scuff's and scratches . Repairing these scuff's and scratches are not as difficult as you imagined or as complicated as fixing up scratches on sheet metal that are likely to form rust.
Save time, money and effort repairing your damaged bumper with these simple and convenient steps:
- Automotive Clear Coat
- Automotive Paint
- Automotive Primer
- Dish Soap
- Grease and Wax Remover
- Paper Towels
- Sand Paper
Step 1 :
Clean the scratched area with dish soap to get rid of any wax or dust particles on the surface.
Use a piece of cloth enfolded around a finger to get hold of the scratches and scuff's. Wash the soap entirely and pat dry the surface using paper towels before proceeding to the next step.
Step 2 :
Check the intensity of the scratches and scuff's.
Run your fingernail tip across the scratch and if it can hold the rut, this means that the scratch is deep, otherwise, the scratch is shallow.
Step 3 :
Polish the scratch with 120-grit sandpaper until it becomes smooth, even and free from tough edges.
Bear in mind that plastics are softer than metal so ensure not to sand too much in one spot to avoid having a low part on the surface.
Step 4 :
Spray about two light coats of automotive primer on the polished spot.
Wait for about 30 minutes allowing the coat of primer to dry.
Step 5 :
Polish the automotive primer evenly with 300-grit sandpaper until it becomes soft to touch.
Swab the spot with grease and wax remover to take away oil and dust elements.
Step 6 :
While holding the spray can about eight inches away from the exterior, spray two to three lean coats of automotive paint straight on the scratch .
Let each coat dry for 30 minutes prior to applying the next coat.
Step 7 :
Using the same procedures as with spraying the paint, apply two coats of automotive clear coat.
Let the automotive clear coat dry completely which takes up to 24 hours before attempting to drive the car.
Getting rid of the scuff's and scratches from your car's plastic bumper can be costly especially when the job is done at a professional auto care clinic. However, you can save a lot if you do the repair yourself.