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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.

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  • Easy Installation Tips for Honda Accord Bumper Cover

    So you’ve finally decided to install the bumper cover on your Honda Accord by yourself. While it can be a bit challenging to do, installing a Honda Accord bumper cover is not that complicated. In this guide, we share some simple tips on how to make the installation process a much easier affair.

    Tip #1: Make sure to clean the bumper cover first.

    Bumper covers are typically pre-coated with a black primer or e-coat, and this needs to be cleaned first before mounting onto the bumper assembly. Using 600-grit sandpaper, wet sand the whole bumper cover and wipe down with wax and grease remover. Once it’s clean, lay it on a towel or blanket to protect it from scratches.

    Tip #2: Check if all the needed hardware is on hand.

    Some bumper cover manufacturers include mounting hardware, while some don’t. So make sure that all the necessary hardware is on hand before beginning installation. Most screws and clips for bumper covers are usually available in hardware stores.

    Tip #3: Get help from a friend.

    While it’s entirely possible to remove and install the bumper covers all on your own, having someone to hold the bumper cover while you prefit and screw it in place can significantly cut down on the effort needed.

    Tip #4: Spray the basecoat at a distance of 12 inches.

    The distance is roughly similar to that between your pinky finger and your thumb. Spraying it too close may cause the paint to build up and leave unsightly drips on the surface, while spraying it too far may leave a faint cover on the bumper.

    Tip #5: Don’t reuse the old hardware for your new bumpers.

    While those old screws and clips from your previous bumper cover might still look OK, they might already be weakened structurally due to use. So while it might save you back a couple of bucks, investing on a new set of bumpers might save you and your car in the long run.

    Tip #6: Look for any small holes in the bumper cover.

    These holes indicate places where screws have to be mounted. Typically, these holes are located at the front of the car near the hood latch and the wheel wells directly on front of the tires.