Ford Mustang Bumper Cover
Repair and Maintenance Tips for Ford Mustang Bumper Cover
Regular washing of the Ford Mustang bumper cover can help keep it in good shape, but it is not enough. Aside from dirt, bumper covers are also vulnerable to damage and wear that even a car wash can fix.
In this guide, we'll share some helpful tips on how to repair and maintain the bumper covers in your Ford Mustang:
- Deal with scratches accordingly.
Scratches are arguably the most common type of damage in bumper covers, and how you will fix them will depend largely on the extent of the damage. Minor scuffs and scratches can usually be removed via rubbing/buffing compound and swirl mark remover. Both the rubbing compound and swirl remover are widely available in both auto parts and hardware stores, although you can also find them online at often discounted prices. However, if the scratch covers a large area or if the abovementioned technique doesn't work, you will have to sand the repaint the bumper cover. Particularly deep cuts and grooves will also require filling with filling putty.
- Fix dents with hot water.
Dent can literally leave a bad impression on your tuck's bumper cover, but if the damage is not that extensive you can try popping it back into place with a teapot of hot water. Simply pour the water on the dent and, while it is still warm, reach from the inside through the wheel well and pop it out. You can also use the plunger if you have trouble reaching the dent. Once it is back to its original shape, pour cold water on the area so it cools down and hardens. You can also use the same technique with a hair dryer, although it will take longer for the plastic to heat up.
- Remove bug stains and tar using penetrating oil.
Bug stains and tar are sticky and can be hard to remove with conventional washing techniques. However, both can be cleaned up using penetrating oil. Spray the oil on the affected area, let it sit for several minutes, and wipe clean with a clean rag. You can also use a commercial bug and tar remover, although we found penetrating oil to be less harmful to the paint and surface of the bumper cover.