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.