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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.

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  • Tips on Installing a New Ford Mustang Bumper Cover

    Whether you're replacing a broken bumper cover or you're switching to a custom one, installing a new bumper cover on the Ford Mustang requires precision and care. In this guide, we'll list down some important tips you need to follow when installing Ford Mustang bumper covers.

    Tip #1: Prep the bumper cover for installation.

    Bumper covers usually come out of the packaging pre-primed, coated with dust, and with bumps on the surface left over by the molding process. Wash your new bumper with a sponge soaked in warm water and detergent, and wet sand the surface to get rid of any bumps and rough spots. If you plan on painting the bumper covers yourself, we recommend doing it at this stage as it will save you time and materials masking the bumper once it's on your Mustang.

    Tip #2: Be careful around the crash sensors.

    Crash sensors are devices strategically mounted on the bumper area that triggers the air bags, so make sure not to touch or otherwise handle these sensors unless absolutely necessary. These sensors are often painted black, rectangular in shape, and have a single insulated bundle of wires running behind its back.

    Tip #3: Tape the foam absorber.

    A layer of absorbent foam sits in between the bumper cover and the steel bumper core, which often falls off and is difficult to reposition back into place once the old bumper cover is removed. To prevent this, tape the bumper temporarily over the bumper assembly and remove it once you are ready to mount the new cover.

    Tip #4: Measure twice, bolt once.

    Pre-fitting the bumper cover over the bumper assembly is essential in ensuring a perfect fit. With the old bumper cover removed, lift the new bumper cover at both ends — have someone to help you with this — and line it up with the bumper structure. The mounting holes should line up exactly with the ones in the cover. If you will be drilling additional holes, mark it using a felt pen. Only when you are fully satisfied with the fit should you start the actual mounting of the cover on the car

    Tip #5: Check the wiring.

    If your new bumper will also house fog lights, auxiliary lights, and other electronic devices, make sure that the wires are connected properly. Refer to the manual that came with these devices and with the car itself for the proper wiring instructions.