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GMC Sierra 1500 Bumper

Helpful Tips to Extend the Service Life of Your GMC Sierra 1500 Bumper

The bumper is among the components of your GMC Sierra that easily get noticed as the vehicle arrives. So if you don't want it to take away from your truck's otherwise powerful and handsome looks, you have to keep the bumper in excellent shape at all times. Below are a few tips that will help maintain the aesthetic appeal as well as the functionality of your GMC Sierra 1500 bumper:

  • Keep your truck's bumper clean.

While a truck caked up with mud is a sight to behold for off-roaders, it doesn't work that way if you're already on the city streets, finding your way back home. Besides being an eyesore to some people, hardened mud and filth especially on the nooks of your bumper can be kind of difficult to remove and doing so may cause scratches on its finish. So, make it a point to hose too much filth off your Sierra 1500 before driving it. If you don't have time or means to do that right after off-roading, then just see to it that you'll give your truck a thorough wash once you arrive home.

  • Outfit it with protective add-ons.

Another way to add more years to the life of your GMC Sierra bumper is to equip it with an add-on that could protect it from possible damage. Depending on the kind of protection you need, the environment you usually drive your truck in, and your budget, you can outfit your bumper with a bull bar, grille guard, bumper guard, bumper cover, or other add-ons.

  • Fix even minor problems right away.

As soon as you noticed problems with your bumper, such as scratches, rust, dents, and loose or missing hardware, find time to fix them to prevent these issues from getting more serious and difficult to remedy. The process may vary depending on how big and severe the problem is. Loose or missing hardware shouldn't be ignored especially if you frequently drive your GMC truck on rugged terrains. Make sure to have it replaced before going to another off-road destination.

  • Use only paint-friendly cleaners and cleaning equipment.

When cleaning your bumper, make sure to use only mild products. It would be better if you can find one with biodegradable formula as that isn't only friendly to your truck's finish but to the environment as well. When it comes to cleaning equipment, avoid using steel wool pads or steel wire brushes especially on chrome bumpers as they can scratch the bumper's finish.

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  • Easy Fixes for the Common Issues Your GMC Sierra 1500 Bumper is Likely to Encounter

    Off-roading isn't all fun and adventure. The unpaved terrains also pose dangers to the vehicle and the off-roaders. One of the components of your GMC Sierra that has to bear the beatings of the outdoors is the bumper. It is usually the first one that hits protruding rocks, low bushes or branches, and other obstructions the road less travelled has to offer. But this shouldn't stop you from enjoying off-road adventures and doing rugged tasks in the suburbs. You just have to give your truck, particularly the bumper, the kind of maintenance it deserves, and you're good to go. Once a sign of damage appears, deal with it immediately. Below are some of the common problems your GMC Sierra 1500 bumper may probably encounter:

    Dents

    When parking on tight spaces, running over rough roads, installing hitch, towing, and doing other activities, the bumper sometimes gets dented. The remedy to this problem always depends on the size and severity of the dent and the bumper material. For small dents, you can use some life hacks like pouring hot water on the dent and popping it out from the underside while the surface is still hot. Larger dents can be filled, sanded, and painted to conceal the recession and make the area look smooth once again.

    Scratches

    Much like dents, the process in solving scratches depends on how deep the scratch is as well as what material the bumper is made of. While hairline scratches can be ignored, deep ones should be acted upon immediately especially on metal bumpers. If the scratch tore off the paint and reveals some part of the metal, it could promote rust formation. Deep scratches are also filled. The filled area is then sanded to level the surface, and then spray-painted to match the bumper's finish. In case you find hairline scratches unsightly, then they can be eliminated by or polishing and buffing the bumper surface.

    Paint chips

    Frequent exposure to sun and other damaging elements like road salt, mud, and road debris, can cause the paint and finish of your Sierra bumper to chip in the long run. While they do not, in any way, affect the functionality of the bumper, paint chips do take away from the bumper's aesthetics. Paint chips are usually sanded to smoothen out the surface. Smaller ones or those that are smaller than pencil erasers can be remedied using a touch-up pen that matches the truck's paint while larger chips may need to be touched up using spray paint.