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Mercedes Benz E320 Bumpers

Fixing Common Problems with Mercedes Benz E320 Bumpers

Your Mercedes Benz E320 bumpers do a great job of protecting several vital components of your vehicle from minor accidents. However, this also means that the bumper itself is quite prone to all sorts of damage. Cracks and dents on the bumper not only look unappealing, they also reduce the overall functionality of the part.

Paint flaking off

Factory-painted bumpers usually last for the life of your car without any flaking problems. However, if your bumper has been subjected to shoddy repainting before, then cracked and peeling paint is to be expected. Properly repainting your bumper can be a painstaking task, but it also saves you from having to perform the same process over and over again. When painting your bumper, make sure that the surface is evenly sanded, cleaned, and primed, so that the paint will have no problems with adhesion.

Loose or hanging bumper cover

A slack bumper cover or a bumper cover that hangs off of one side is usually caused by worn-out or loose screws and retaining clips. Check if your plastic clips or push-pins are brittle or worn-out and replace them if necessary. If they get easily worn out, then your clips or pins are probably too weak to hold your bumper. Try replacing them with stronger clips or pins with a larger diameter head instead.

Small dents

Small dents and deformations on your plastic bumper can be easily fixed using a heat gun or a hairdryer. Heat the dented area using your hairdryer or heat gun and pop it out with a wooden block. Be sure to have a cool, wet cloth in hand to allow the bumper to cool down quickly and hold its shape. Keep in mind that this process mostly works for plastic bumpers; dents on fiberglass and metal bumpers are much more difficult to fix.

Cracks and scratches

Minor cracks and scratches are a bumper's most common enemies. Luckily, many auto parts stores offer flexible epoxy glues or fillers that are made especially for the purpose of repairing bumper cracks. These fillers are pretty easy to use, but you might have to sand and repaint your bumper afterwards for a more polished look.

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  • Tricks to Get Great-Looking Mercedes Benz E320 Bumpers

    Your Mercedes Benz E320 bumpers not only protect the rest of your vehicle from low-impact collisions, they also give your ride a nice, clean look. If your bumpers constantly get dirty from bugs and other road dirt, or if their paint got chipped off during a fender bender, then they lose much of their appeal. Ensure that your bumpers are in prime condition by observing the following maintenance tips:

    Cleaning tips

    Thoroughly clean your bumper once a week.

    If your bumper is well-maintained, a strong detergent would usually be enough for your weekly bumper cleaning. However, if your bumper has accumulated a lot of bugs, tar, and dirt, it's best to use a bumper cleaning gel or some rubbing compound to get rid of the grime. Use a microfiber cloth or soft bristle brush when cleaning your bumper to avoid damaging the paint.

    Apply some wax or sealant after cleaning your bumper.

    Polishing your bumper with a good wax or sealant doesn't just give it a brilliant shine; it also protects the bumper from getting dirty very easily. Get a wax or sealant that makes the surface of your bumper slick and slippery, so the bugs and other dirt will be easier to wash off on your next car wash.

    Painting tips

    Sand and prime your bumper before painting.

    Making sure that your bumper is prepped and primed properly will guarantee a lasting paint job. If your bumper has sustained cracks and scratches, make sure that you fill, grind, and sand the bumper until you achieve an evenly smooth surface. Clean your bumper afterwards and put an even coating of primer on it before painting.

    Use paint with flex additive.

    Since your bumpers contract and expand depending on the temperature, it is very important to use a paint that has some flex additive in it when painting your bumper. Flex additive ensures that the paint expands and contracts with your bumper and doesn't chip or flake off.

    Other maintenance tips

    Regularly checking if the screws and retaining clips are securely holding up your bumper is also part of your bumper maintenance. Also, inspect if the screws and clips are worn out and replace them when needed.