Ford Escape Bumper Cover
Tips on How to Maintain the Ford Escape Bumper Cover
Keeping the bumper of your Ford Escape in top condition can go a long way in prolonging its service life. Constant exposure to harsh weather and road conditions can quickly damage or exacerbate wear of the bumper cover, but regular maintenance can effectively prevent this from happening. The following are some essential tips to follow in maintaining the Ford Escape bumper cover.
- Wash the bumpers by hand.
Regular washing can keep the bumper cover looking pristine and prevent scratches caused by mud and debris that can stick to the bumper surface. And while a drive-in car wash can definitely clean bumper covers, it's better to wash them by hand for a gentler yet more thorough cleaning. You can use your preferred car shampoo mixed with lukewarm water for and a wash mitt or a soft microfiber cloth to thoroughly apply the cleaning solution without the scratching the paint.
- Fix minor scratches with rubbing compound.
Scratches and scuffs are the most common forms of damage for bumpers, and they can be quite an ugly sight to behold. But if the scratch is just on the surface and did not penetrate the paint of the bumper cover, it may still be fixed using rubbing compound. Also known as a polishing compound or a scratch remover, rubbing compound is a mild abrasive that can grind off the scratched layers of paint. Apply the compound onto the scratched area with a paper towel and buff in a circular motion using a microfiber towel. You can also use an orbital sander with a wool pad.
- Use filler to treat deeper scratches.
If the scratches are particularly deep, you will need to add filler onto the damaged area. You can go for fiberglass-reinforced filler, as it is tougher and more durable compared to other types of automotive filler. Make sure to apply the filler in thin layers and allow it to dry in between applications. Placing a patch of auto repair cloth or mesh soaked in body filler solution at the back of the damaged area will further add strength to the filler. Once it has dried, sand and repaint the area.