FAQs— Chrysler Bumper Cover
- I ordered a black primered bumper cover for my Chrysler, but it seems to have some flaws on the surface when it arrived. How can I properly prepare it for painting?
You can make your Chrysler bumper cover ready for painting by wet sanding the whole bumper cover surface using 600-grit sandpaper. This means squirting slightly soapy water on the surface that will be sanded or wetting the sandpaper with soapy water before rubbing it on the surface. After wet sanding, apply wax and grease remover while the surface is still wet. Use a towel to evenly apply the grease remover and the wax. Then, dry the bumper cover with a separate shop towel. The roughness of the bumper cover must now be consistent across the entire surface.
- When fixing a dent on my plastic bumper cover using hardener and body filler, how can I achieve proper mixture of these two ingredients?
Estimate the amount of hardener it will take to fill the dent twice. The right mixture would be a thick, one-inch line of hardener for every golf-ball sized amount of body filler. So if you’re going to use two golf ball sized body filler, then you should squirt thick, two-inch line of hardener from the tube. Mix the two materials on a palette and, using a plastic squeegee, continue mixing until the color of the filler becomes even, with no swirls caused by the hardener.
- What will happen if I put too much or too little hardener on the body filler that I will use for the dent on my Chrysler bumper cover?
There is actually no accurate measurement on the amount of filler and hardener, so it’s wise that you add a small amount at a time, particularly if the filler you’ll need is also of small amount. Too much hardener will make the filler too hard fast enough that it won’t even adhere well to the bumper cover’s surface. Too little hardener, on the other hand, can make the filler unable to cure properly.
- What grit of sandpaper should I use to sand the body filler that I applied on the dent? How I can do the sanding properly?
You should allow the filler to dry for at least an hour before sanding it using 220-grit sandpaper. Remain sanding until the filler becomes smooth and level with its surrounding surface on the bumper. While sanding, make sure to keep the sanding block flat against the bumper’s surface. After sanding with 220-grit sandpaper, there will surely be scratches left that you can get rid of with 380-grit sandpaper.
- Can you share some tips on how I can properly apply paint on the filled area of my Chrysler bumper cover?
It is recommended that you spray primer first on the filled area of the bumper cover before putting on paint. Allow the primer to dry for at least 30 minutes before applying three coats of paint. To apply paint properly, hold the sprayer 12 inches away from the bumper cover surface and spray from left to right. Allow each thin coat of paint to dry for at least 10 minutes before spraying the next coat. The final coat must be allowed to dry for four to six hours before touching the bumper cover.
- Why is it necessary that I prime my bumper cover first before paint application?
Since the bumper cover will be installed on the part of the vehicle where it will surely take lots of beating, it needs priming to achieve smooth and consistent surface for the paint to be evenly spread over and properly bind onto. Primer is also needed before painting a part of the bumper cover that has been repaired because it corrects flawed and uneven surfaces to make the paint look better.
- Someone told me that I can use a hot-air gun in fixing the dents on my Chrysler bumper cover. Is that true?
While you can use hot-air gun to warm up the bumper cover material and make the dent easy to push back in, you have to exercise caution as the process can be dangerous not just for you but also for the cover. Make sure you maintain proper distance between the gun and the bumper cover and be careful with the placement of your hands.