Chevrolet S10 Bumper
Cleaning and Maintaining the Chevrolet S10 Bumper: 3 Tips and Tricks
The bumpers of the Chevrolet S10 are made of durable plastic or sheetmetal component, but like any other part that makes up the S10's exterior, these are still vulnerable to wear and damage. Scratches, fading or peeling of paint, dents, and cracks are just some of the headaches you will encounter with your Chevrolet S10 bumper throughout its lifetime. However, with proper and regular maintenance, you can prevent or at least mitigate these problems.
Do you want to keep the Chevrolet S10 bumper in good condition? Here are some tips to follow:
- Use the right cleaning products.
When washing the bumper, it is highly recommended to use car shampoo diluted in warm water, as the solution is effective enough in removing dirt, dust, and stains off the surface without damaging its clear protective coating. You should also avoid using a brush, sponge, or a rag in applying the cleaning solution, as this may be too hard on the surface and leave tiny scratch marks. Instead, use a soft wash mitt or microfiber cloth.
- Wax after every wash.
While washing the bumpers will clean it of debris, applying a coat car wax afterwards will help keep it that way. Aside from giving the surface a distinct sheen, the wax will also help repel dirt, moisture and harmful UV rays. Some wax products sold in the market today leave coat so tough it can absorb minor scratches and leave the paint untouched.
You can use a soft cloth to apply the wax to the bumper's surface, although if you have one accessible it is recommended to use a car buffer instead. Also, make sure to wax in a shaded area, a direct sunlight may cause the wax to dry up quickly and leave a noticeable residue on the surface.
- When fixing cracks, use the right type of putty and adhesive.
Bumpers are made of different types of plastic with mind-boggling acronyms like PP, PPO, TPE, and TPUR. And for each type, there is a compatible putty or adhesive. So before you deal with that crack on your bumper, make sure that you are using a plastic adhesive or putty that's suitable for it. The bumper usually has a stamp inside indicating the type of plastic that it is made of; you can check that if you are unsure.