Getting cracks in plastic bumpers is a customary incident. While cars equipped with plastic bumpers are liable and tend to get cracks even in small accidents. When the car’s bumper gets scratched or cracked, you either need to repair the bumper or replace it. If the damage is not severe, then repairing is the best solution.
Options are in your hand; you may go to a workshop or repair it yourself. If you are self-assured, you can save a few bucks by repairing, but you have to be aware as somewhat mislaying can lead to big losses
So In this article, we’ve explained all the steps on how you can repair the bumper crack meticulously.
How to Fix Cracked Bumper
Step 1: Select a Method
There are two very popular different options; you can choose any of them.
- Applying adhesive
Applying adhesive is the easiest one and beginners can do repairing following this method. Let’s talk about it..
Step 2: Arrange the Items
Set out all the equipment before you start.
- C clamp
- Cleaning cloth(with alcohol)
- Adhesive Epoxy
Step 3:Remove the Cracked Bumper
The first thing first is removing the bumper. You have to work both inside and outside of the bumper, so working on an attached bumper hamper the procedure. Just remove the screws to detach the bumper.
Sometimes, it’s difficult to remove the cracked bumper. It is smarter to eliminate it without forcing.
Step 4: Make a V Shape Groove
The adhesive epoxy needs proper conjugation that’s why you need to use the Dremel tool to cut a V shape channel.
Step 5: Rub The Cracked Area
Start with 40 or 60 coarse-grit sandpaper to rub the cracked area until it smoothes.
Then take a cloth or a sponge, mix alcohol with it and clean the cracked area. Before you start repairing, it is very important to clean the cracked area. Don’t confront dust and adhesive.
Step 6: Align the Crack
Whenever you choose to fix the crack using adhesive epoxy, you have to be careful with the bumper aligning position. To prevent separation, use a C clamp to hold the crack close. Afterward, make sure you are aligning them precisely.
Step 7: Apply Adhesive
Now, mix the epoxy and start filling the cracks. Use at least two layers of epoxy for a stronger bond.
Establish applying epoxy glue from inside. When you do that, use tape to cover from outside that ensures firm bonding.
Step 8: Sand Again
Use a fine-grit like 320 grit this time. Rub where you applied epoxy to vanish the mark. Also, Sand those places you are going to paint. Now you can remove the tapes and clamps. Fill the crack with body filler then sand it again with very fine grits.
Step 9: Apply Primer & Paint
After the sanding is done, it’s time to paint the bumper to give its old look back.
Before you paint, apply the primer and let the primer dry. Select a primer compatible with your paint. Primers like the Rust-oleum adhesion promoter are suitable for plastic bumpers. Use at least two coats of primer that make your paint durable.
Start painting when the primer gets dried. Quality and durability should be your priority when choosing paint for plastic bumpers. Oil-based paints are known for their quality. Go for the oil-based spray can paint for a smooth painted outlook.
Step 10: Reattach the Bumper
Lastly, when the paint has dried, it’s time to reattach the bumper. Install the screws and attach them back. Now the bumper looks exactly like it was before.
1. Can I use Body Filler On a Plastic Bumper?
Answer: Body filler can be used on the plastic bumper. But you have to choose the suitable one for your car. Otherwise, you’ll face problems in adhering fillers to plastic bodies.
2. Will Body Filler Stick to Plastic?
Answer: Body filler does not tend to stick in the plastic body. They work great on metal, steel & aluminum bodies, but do not work on a plastic bodies that well. But choosing the right type can work fine in a plastic body.
Cracked Bumper Repair or Replace?
Depends on the crack you can either repair or replace it. The repairing cost of crack is immense if you go to the workshop. Small cracks can repair easily by following our process. Now the decision is yours!
Be a little focused and enjoy this DIY.