Ford F150 Bumper
Maintenance Tips for the Ford F150 Bumper Assembly
The bumper in the Ford F150 is designed to take a beating from the elements, but without maintenance, it will still wear out quickly. Thankfully, caring for the Ford F150 bumper assembly is easy especially if done on a timely basis.
- Regular washing of the bumper is the first and easiest step towards maintaining its appearance and integrity.
If the bumper is already stained and dirtied, don't hesitate to have it washed even if the rest of the car is still fairly spotless. In addition, it is also recommended to wash the bumper by hand. Though more time-consuming, manually washing the bumper ensures all of its nooks and crannies are cleaned of dirt and debris.
- When inspecting your bumper, or any part of your vehicle for that matter, make sure that the truck is stable and secured.
Shove some wheel chocks under the wheels to prevent it from moving, and place a couple of jack stands on the suspension or steering structures of your vehicle. Do not attempt to support the truck with a lift; although it can lift the vehicle up, it is not designed to do so for a prolonged period of time and will eventually slip.
- Planning on having your bumpers repainted? Consider removing the bumper from the vehicle first.
It will be a lot easier and fewer cleanups would be involved if the painting is done with the bumper off the vehicle than on it. It's also recommended to have the bumper painted in an auto body shop; although it can be a bit expensive, still having a professional paint job for your bumper is better in the long run.
- If your bumper has suffered superficial scratches, you might still be able to remove it using a buffing compound.
Using a buffer, apply buffing compound onto the scratched area and buff it until the scratches disappear or are minimized. Spraying a clear coat of paint on the bumper will also further reduce the scratches on the surface.
- On the other hand, if the bumper has deep scratches or grooves, bumper filler may be the solution.
Make sure to follow the instructions in the bumper filler/repair kit, and use protective gloves and eyewear to protect against the harsh chemicals in the filler, hardener, and adhesive that come with the kit.