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Ford Explorer Bumper Cover

Protecting Your Ford Explorer Bumper Cover from Damage

You might not know it, but a lot of dirt and road debris strike at your car's bumper cover as you drive. These tiny rocks can create scratches on the cover's surface. Plus, the bumper cover gets covered with mud and grime when you drive through harsh weather conditions. Over time, these contaminants can cause your Ford Explorer bumper cover to become worn out. To avoid frequent bumper cover replacement, here are caring suggestions you can try:

  • Shield the bumper cover with an aftermarket protectant.

It's important that you keep the bumper cover clean, but it's equally significant that you polish and protect it. Lots of aftermarket plastic protectant are available in the market, so make sure you choose one that's safe to use on your bumper cover. Read the labels to see if the product has no toxic chemicals that may damage the cover's material. Aside from the added protection that it gives, it also provides your vehicle's bumper cover an instant makeover, leaving your cover looking smooth and shiny.

  • Repair minor scratches as soon as you spot them.

Minor scratches on your bumper cover are relatively easy to fix. It may be one scratch or a series of small or hairline scratches that are not deep enough to require sanding. These superficial scratches can be erased using a car buffer and buffing compound. Once smooth, you can use a clear coat paint followed by some more buffing. This makes your bumper cover look smooth and brand new again.

  • Restore the cover's shape using hot water to remove dents.

Trying to fix a dent caused by a front-end accident can be tricky. Most drivers would rather spend dollars in bringing their vehicle to the car body shop. Good thing, there are ways to make the bumper dent pop-out. One way to do this is to pour boiling water over the dent. Simply reach under the wheel well and apply some pressure to pop out the dent. If you recall your science classes in school, the heat from the boiling water allows the bumper cover's plastic to expand and become flexible. This way, you can easily pop the plastic back to its original shape. Afterwards, you might need to pour some cold water over the popped out area to make it shrink back into place.

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  • Discovering Simple Ideas for an Effortless Ford Explorer Bumper Cover Installation

    Setting up a new bumper cover is fast and simple; you don't need to gather hardcore tools and equipment for the installation. In fact, you can finish your Ford Explorer bumper cover installation with only basic knowledge on car repair and maintenance. Although a lot of instructional articles are already available online, it still pays to try these tricks when installing a bumper cover:

    Tip #1: Make sure the bumper is free of dirt and debris.

    Cleaning the bumper is part and parcel of a successful bumper cover installation. This allows you to start fresh with a dirt-free surface, resulting in seamless connections for the cover. Moreover, a grime-free bumper makes way for the bolts to fit through each hole easily. You might also want to clean the new bumper cover first to eliminate unwanted contaminants that may come with it. Some covers arrive with a primer already applied and can be a little rough. Sanding the cover after cleaning can help smoothen the surface and remove these flaws. You can use a 600-grit sandpaper to eliminate the roughness, and wipe it down with wax.

    Tip #2: Invite a friend to help you.

    Even though the installation is simple, it helps to have someone assist you during the installation. Ask a friend to give you a hand in holding up the bumper cover, while you set it on proper alignment. This allows you to free up your hands so you could line up the holes in the cover.

    Once the bolts have fit through the hole, secure them by placing a nut on each end. After hand-tightening the nuts, you can tell your friend to let go of the bumper.

    Tip #3: Perform an overall check to see if the bumper installed correctly.

    Taking a step back to examine the bumper cover's placement serves as a quality check for the installation. When you have accomplished all of the steps in the manual, the last thing left to do is to see if the bumper cover is in proper alignment with your vehicle's bumper. If the cover is misaligned, then you might have to do some adjustments.