Do It Yourself Car Body Repair

Car Bumper Repair Basics


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Car bumper repair is not always the first potential fix to come to mind. The bumper acts as protection in a collision against another object. It is there to deflect any damage away from the rest of the car and those inside. However, damage can occur and some repair might be needed.

Do-It-Yourself: It's Possible and Affordable

Do-it-yourself bumper repair is possible, especially when the bumper is plastic. Before you take the step to do it yourself, it should be determined how extensive the damage is and if it is affordable. A paint streak across the bumper or a tear in the bumper can be fixed without taking it in to a repair garage and paying for it.  

Costs

Car bumper repair costs can vary depending on the damage. A new bumper and the labor that goes into putting it on the car can cost up to $500. Like most professional repair jobs, costs will be high. Parts and labor are not cheap. Before you take the car you should determine the damage and consider whether or not you can do it yourself.

Common Damages

There are several types of damage you could repair and they include scratches, holes, scuffs and tears. Bumper repair may involve re-painting over a scuff or filling in a tear. The plastic fascia or covering will be the area that can possibly be repaired. More extensive damage may need to be fixed by a professional. If it's the plastic covering, there are repair kits that can be obtained to help you with the job.

Car Bumper Repair Kits

These kits will include such items as sandpaper, various touch-up paint colors, grain paper and fillers. For the repairs that you can do yourself, the kits are not that expensive. They can range from $13 to $30 in price. These kits are essential for those wanting their garage to have the tools on hand for any necessary repairs.

Basic Repairs

  • Scratches or Scuffs: These repairs will involve washing the area in question, and then sanding it down and washing it again to get the surface as smooth as possible. Once this is done a primer and touch-up paint can be applied to the area.
  • Holes and Tears: This is where the repair kits will come in handy. You will not be able to reconnect the tear or hole to exactly how it was, but you can put a filler into the damaged area that can get it back to looking good. The repair kits will come with some basic directions to help in using the kit's contents. Look to these so that you can properly utilize the kit.
  • A New Bumper: The damage may be extensive, but that doesn't mean you need to go the local repair garage. It is possible to find a matching bumper for your car, either at a location where spares are plentiful or through the manufacturer. If you do this, be ready to purchase the right to tools for the installation.
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