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How to Repair your Plastic Bumper - Plastic Repair

Cracked Bumper Cover? That's Easier To Fix Than You Might Think. Here's The Right Way To Do It.

By , Photography by Chart Courtesy Urethane Supply Co.,

Chrome bumpers made a quick exit from the automotive scene in the late '80s. In their place are elaborate, but flimsy, plastic covers hiding stamped-steel impact beams with a wide swath of Styrofoam sandwiched in between. Why? Cost, weight reduction, and ease of repair are the likely culprits. Plastic bumper covers are cheaper and easier to manufacture and replace in the event of an accident.

Plastic bumpers are actually good for us do-it-yourselfers. They are really easy to fix if they get scratched, gouged, or broken, and you don't have to mess with expensive rechroming once finished. Check out how the students at Los Angeles Trade Technical College smoothed out a few rippled and cracked bumpers.

How To Identify Plastics
We found a great online resource for plastic repair procedures. Check out Urethane Supply Company-it has a great section on its website with charts listing the types of plastics used in automotive applications, how to identify them, and how to fix them. Surf over to urethanesupplycompany.com.

PARTS LIST
BRAND DESCRIPTION AND PART NUMBER PRICE
3M automix 5895 EZ sand flexible parts repair kit 2 13-ounce tubes $64.99
3M automix 5907 adhesion promoter 12-ounce can 22.99
Mini-Weld Model VI airless plastic welder 5600HT 249.95
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1 comments
birddog_00
birddog_00

You don't need a $250 plastic welder to fix cracked bumper covers. I used to do bumper repair on customer trades for a few major dealerships in the St.Cloud, Mn area. We simply used a cheap $20 gun type electric soldering iron with great results.

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