All the steps in a plastic bumper repair and paint
We follow along as we repair a plastic bumper in the shop. This video takes you through all the steps without being too technical. Our body shop is located in Napierville, Quebec...we are a small shop without a large overhead so we can take the time to do things right....
Fix Plastic Bumper Damage: Complete Kit
In this video you will learn how to take bumper damage like this, and make
it look like this, using the BumperWizard bumper repair kit.
Apply masking tape to adjacent panels and plastic trim that could be
sprayed with paint.
Wrap your scuff pad in coarse sandpaper, and sand the bumper with firm
Wipe away dust and clean the entire panel with wax and grease remover.
You might find that some of the scratches won't sand out. You'll want to
apply a thin layer of scratch-filling putty with the supplied plastic
Again, wrap sandpaper around your grey scuff pad and sand with firm
Sometimes you'll find that a second application of putty is needed.
Next take your scuff pad, and scuff a minimum of ten inches in every
direction from the repair area. This is very important, and ensures that
the paint you apply is going to permanently stick and be durable over time.
Be sure to apply newspaper or butcher paper over any areas that could
possibly sprayed with overspray from your paint cans.
Now shake your primer can for about 60 seconds and apply one thin layer.
Now apply a heavy layer of primer, until you've just about covered all the
bare black plastic exposed after you sanded out the scratches in your
With light pressure, sand your primer until it feels smooth, using your
Shake your jar of paint for about 30 seconds and insert the spray unit. Now
apply a thin layer of your paint.
I found that the paint was going with some bumps, and I could see some
cloudiness and some cat scratches in there. I didn't quite have a flat
surface to work with, it was a little premature spraying the paint on
I waited 5 minutes for this to harden, and I took out my fine sandpaper and
knocked down any scratches or any roughness that was in the surface.
I found that with my second application of paint it was really looking
quite good. Real thin coats, about 10-12 inches away.
If you have a silver or gold car, you might see some stripes in there, so
what you want to do is follow up with some vertical passes.
Now when I take a closer look I don't see the cloudiness, I don't see any
fine scratching. You might see some bumps, but that's okay. You'll have to
look very close when the repair is done to see those bumps. From a normal
distance you won't notice them.
So we wait 5 minutes and we shake up our clearcoat can for about 60
seconds, and nd we'll put on one light coat of clearcoat.
And now we'll follow up with a fairly heavy coat. You'll notice how much
slower I move from left to right, making sure to overlap about 50% with
Within 10 minutes pull your paper, pull your tape, and you have a virtually
new bumper. You can wash the car, wax the car, it is permanent.
Mask panels and trim around the repair area.
Sand with coarse sandpaper using firm pressure.
Wipe away dust and clean with wax and grease remover.
Fill scratches with supplied putty and spreader.
Scuff area with grey pad.
Apply a thin layer of primer.
Wait 2 minutes, then apply a heavy layer of primer.
Sand primer until it feels smooth using fine-grit sandpaper.
Apply thin layer of factory-matched paint.
Wait 5 minutes, then apply a light layer of clear coat.
Wait another 5 minutes, then apply a heavier layer of clear coat.
This kit and process can be replicated on any plastic bumper.
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This video demonstrates, from start to finish, how to repair a textured
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welding is complete, the dents and low spots in the bumper are filled with
epoxy filler which is then sanded down to match the original contour. The
bumper cover is then retextured with MicroTex texture material from
Urethane Supply Company. Finally, the bumper cover is painted with Bumper
and Cladding Coat so that it matches the original color.
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In the video above we tackle the most common fix in the industry. You know
when you see those ugly faded plastic bumpers right?
Well, there are 3 ways to fix this eye sore.
1st. you can try to scrub them with some car soap or degreaser and wash the
2nd. you can buy a solution they sell (like a basic rubbing compound) which
works well, and just rub it out. Some ppl use peanut butter! I personally
think that's a little wacky but whatever floats your boat. I'de rather use
come compound. the same compound that you'd use to buff your car.
3rd. If the bumper really looks bad (Paint It!).
That's what we've decided to do in this 7 minute video above.
Keep in mind that this job was a QUCKIE. We didn't bother to fill in the
minor scratches with glaze putty that were on the rear bumper cover. Good
thing. Because I found out that the truck was backed into something a week
later and got ruffed up even more.
The first step to painting plastic parts is to properly clean your plastic.
I prefer lacquer thinner.
REMEMBER: there us a difference between 'paint thinner and 'lacquer
thinner'. You want to use lacquer thinner. Next, pick some cans of SEM
bumper coater. It's good stuff and they also have a formula now where you
don't need to worry about adhesion promoter (stuff to put on the plastic so
your paint sticks).
Mask. Take your time and do a good job. Prep is the most inportant part of
painting. If you do a crapy job masking, the job will look like hell.
You can lightly wet sand your plastic with 600 grit if you wish but I
wouldn't go any courser. The bumper paint is thin and you may have problems
covering. As long as your parts are washed well with lacquer thinner you're
safe to paint directly on your plastic bumper.
Spray 2-3 coats or until full coverage. ...and that's basically it.
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