Honda Accord Bumper Cover
Easy Maintenance Tips for Honda Accord Bumper Cover
Contrary to popular belief, that strip of plastic in front of your Honda Accord is not the bumper. Rather, it is a bumper cover that surrounds the car's actual structural steel bumper. And it is this bumper cover that requires regular cleaning and maintenance not only to keep your sedan's front end looking sporty but also to continue protecting the structural bumper from the elements. Thankfully, maintaining the Honda Accord bumper cover in good condition is quite easy and takes only a couple of hours of your time.
- Stick to washing your car by hand.
Regular washing of the bumpers remains the best way to keep ugly stains and dirt at bay, but we recommend doing it manually rather than driving your car through an automatic car wash. Automatic car washes do not clean the vehicle as thoroughly as doing it by hand, particularly when it comes to the hard-to-reach grooves and corners of the bumper cover. What's more, drive-in car washes often use brushes whose bristles are hard enough to leave scratches on the paint. So aside from saving money, your car's bumper cover will look even better if you wash it using the ol' sponge and bucket method.
- Avoid parking your car under the sun.
UV rays from the sun can speed up the deterioration of the plastic that makes up the bumper cover, causing it to fade or even crack in severe cases. Because of this, we recommend parking the car in a covered garage or any shaded area. In addition, we also recommend polishing the bumper cover with wax that has anti-UV properties after every car wash for added protection.
- When repainting your bumper cover, take out the cover first.
Whether it's to hide a sizable scrape or you want to give the bumper a more customized look, detaching the bumper cover first would make cleanup easier.
- Most scratches can be remedied with a buffing compound, but for deeper scrapes bumper filler might be required.
Buffing compound and buffing filler typically come with a set of instructions, so make sure to follow these carefully. We also suggest finding a compound closest to the color of your vehicle to make it less noticeable.