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Chevrolet Suburban 1500 Bumper

Tips in Cleaning and Caring for the Chevrolet Suburban 1500 Bumper

Cleaning and maintaining the bumpers of the Chevrolet Suburban 1500 on a regular basis should be a no-brainer, but you'll be surprised at how many owners tend to neglect these parts of the vehicle. Harsh weather, rough roads, and the passage of time can take quite a toll on the bumpers. But with proper care, you can keep them looking vibrant in spite of these factors. Below are some cleaning and maintenance tips you can use for the Chevrolet Suburban 1500 bumper:

  • Use the right type of cleaner.

A lot of people tend to use dish soap or other types of detergent that have lying around their house, but this is actually not advisable. Aside from being ineffective in removing dirt and mud from the bumper, household detergent can actually strip the protective wax on the bumper's surface, giving it a faded appearance as well as making it more vulnerable to scratches and scuffs. Instead, use a car shampoo that's specifically designed to clean automotive body panels including the bumper. Some car shampoos even come with a polishing agent, which adds a coating of wax to the bumper surface.

  • Use a wash mitt or a soft cloth to wash the bumper.

A wash mitt or a soft lint-free cloth is gentle enough not to leave small scratches on the surface of the bumper, unlike brushes. For the same reason, it is also not advisable to have the vehicle cleaned in an automatic car wash, as they tend to use large brushes with hard bristles.

  • Fix minor dents with hot water.

Whether it's caused by a botched parking job or a traffic mishap, dents on the bumper is a common and unsightly problem. But if the dent is small and did not penetrate the paint, you can still nix that trip to the auto body shop with a kettle of boiling water. Simply pour boiling water onto the dented area and reach out from behind the bumper and push the dent outwards. You can also use a plunger if you are unable to reach the dent, although make sure that the head of the plunger is larger than the damaged area. Once the bumper pops back into its original shape, pour cold water over the area to prevent it from sinking back.

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  • Tips to Follow When Installing a Chevrolet Suburban 1500 Bumper

    Installing a new bumper in your Chevrolet Suburban 1500 all by yourself can save you a lot in repair costs, but you need to do it right. Keep in mind that if the bumper is not properly mounted, it might sag and scrape against the asphalt or even fall off. It is for these reasons that installation of the Chevrolet Suburban 1500 bumper is best done by a mechanic. However, if you are confident in your automotive skills and have the necessary equipment, it can be quite a straightforward process. If you decide to change the bumper in your Chevrolet Suburban 1500, here are some tips you might want to check out:

    Tip #1: Clean and prep the new bumper.

    It's possible that your new bumper is going to come out of the box with bumps and uneven areas because of its rough, pre-primed surface. If that's the case with your new bumper, wash it with car shampoo and warm water to remove dust and chemicals left over from the molding process, followed by wet sanding with fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out any irregularities. Rinse well and let it air dry. Once that's done, you can choose to spray-paint the bumper to your desired color or ship it to your local auto body shop for a professional paint job.

    Tip #2: Check if all the necessary hardware comes included.

    The bumper should come with a set of nuts, bolts, brackets, and other hardware to secure it onto the frame. Use the manual included to check if the hardware is complete; any missing component may cause the bumper to sag or come off when driving at high speeds. Also, if possible, do not reuse the old hardware. Although they might appear fine, these old nuts and bolts might not be compatible with the new bumper or may have worn threads.

    Tip #3: When painting the bumper, spray at a distance of 12 inches.

    The length is the same as the distance between your thumb and your pinky finger. If you spray closer than this distance, the paint may pool and leave drip marks on the bumper surface. And if you spray too far, the paint will leave only a faint layer on the bumper.