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Old 07-18-2007, 08:32 PM
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bumper repair

I work in a body shop and one of my duties is to repair the ABS plastic bumpers, repairs from anything like tears to holes

incase you are wanting or wondering here are a few things you can do to keep your lude looking good at a lower cost than your body shop

for tears we use a Heat gun and heat the area just below aboslut melting point ( the surface of the ABS will be gooey ) about a half inch of either side of the tear take a flat head screw driver to "bond" or melt the two halves together....this is better if done on the backside of the bumper

any severe warpage (creases) can be handled be heating the area and using 2 pieces of flat steel or wood. and flat ironing the heated areas back flat

this is what i do on a daily basis so if you have any questions feel free to ask

oh btw i have been succesfull in using ABS from other bumpers to melt and fill in some low areas so as to avoid using bondo (plastic filler)

with severe tears and small holes you may have to use bondo start by cleaning the area to remove dirt wax and other contaminates rough up the area with 180 grit sand paper so the filler (bondo) or sand and fill primer will stick

but if you can repair the bumpers your self and have a local body shop just scuff and paint this should bring your costs down a lot
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awesome, thanks for the great tips!
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