Troubleshooting Problems with the Mazda RX8 Bumper
Because of its location in the vehicle, the bumper is one of the parts of the Mazda RX8 that is most vulnerable to damage. From slight dings to serious fractures, a damaged bumper can prove to be rather unsightly or even dangerous in terms of driver and passenger safety. So if you notice any of these problems in your Mazda RX8 bumper, be sure to get it fixed immediately.
Dents and scratches
It shouldn't be a surprise that bumpers are quite prone to bumps. These fender benders often result with scratches and dents which, though not that life-threatening, could be quite an ugly sight to behold. Dents and scratches can significantly age a car's appearance, drastically reducing its value especially for car owners planning on selling their vehicles in the near future. Thankfully, minor bumper damage is not that hard to fix. Minor scratches on the bumper surface is usually remedied by a quality repaint, although more serious dings have to be grinded, sanded, and sculpted back to its original shape before it can be painted over.
Holes and tears
While scratches and dents on the bumper leave the material almost completely intact, holes and tears removes a chunk of the bumper material. So while it is quite possible, a torn or punctured bumper can be more difficult to repair compared to a minor fender bender. Most stores sell bumper repair kits which can help reconnect the tear or the hole, but if a significant portion of the bumper has been lost, an epoxy filler must be applied onto the damaged area in order to restore the bumper's original appearance. However, if the bumper has undergone extensive tearing to the point that its integrity has been compromised, we highly recommend replacement rather than repair.
Over time exposure to the elements will cause the bumper's finish to become flat and for its shine to disappear. Fade usually occurs on top and the bottom lip of the Mazda RX8 bumper, as these areas are the ones that are most exposed to the sun's ultraviolet radiation. Minor fading can usually be remedied at home by washing the car bumper with car wash soap and buffing the surface with liquid buffing compound, although more serious cases - wherein the surface has cracked into a web-like pattern - are best treated in an auto body shop.