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.
How to Shop for a New Chrysler Bumper Cover
When the vehicle gets hit, the bumper cover is among the components that often suffer the most damage. It can be bent out of shape or may fall off the frame. This can ruin the exterior. If the damage is beyond deep scratches, it may be time to replace your Chrysler bumper cover. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect replacement:
The bumper cover replacement should fit like a glove.
The bumper cover should be tailor made to your vehicle's make and model. The cover should easily wrap around the frame, hugging every curve and matching the contours snugly. A bumper cover that fits perfectly can offer the best protection and can restore the sleek exterior look. Take note of the specific bumper cover location (front, rear, front/upper, front/lower, or rear/lower) to get the right replacement.
It should be easy to install.
If what you have is the perfect match for your vehicle, you shouldn't have that much trouble installing the replacement. Everything should line up easily. If you have to make adjustments and modifications, then the one you got might not be made specifically for the make and model of the vehicle. See to it that the cover is a tailor-fit for a specific auto body type (sedan, hatchback, wagon, coupe, convertible, SUV, or extended cab pickup).
Make sure that it's built to last.
Invest in a hard-wearing bumper cover. This should be built to withstand common road and weather elements, such as heat, road salt, grime, debris, and mud. The best options are built with a protective coating or finish and use the best quality material. Some manufacturers ensure that the products they build undergo stringent quality testing to verify not just proper fit but also their prime condition, form, and function.
Consider the material quality and finish.
Bumper covers can be made of plastic or fiberglass. Plastic is the more common option here. Bumper covers made of this material are more cost-effective. Top-quality bumper covers are built using sturdy plastic or other high-grade materials. Don't settle for substandard replacements. As you browse through your options, you'll find out that bumper covers also come in a wide variety of finish: primed, textured, unprimed, and light textured. Make sure that the cover matches the color of the vehicle when you install the new one.
Shop around for the best deals and prices.
The price of bumper covers varies widely. They may cost around $90 to over $1,000, depending on the material and finish, design, type of vehicle, and brand. Given this range, it wouldn't hurt if you'll shop around for the best prices. There are outlets or stores that can offer these products at wholesale or warehouse prices. They offer wide-range options from trusted aftermarket brands and well-known OEMs, sold at competitive rates compared to the dealership.
Before you search for a bumper cover replacement, inspect the damage first. Other components or panels may also need to be replaced. Check if there are missing or broken hardware and if the bumper is still intact. If damage on the cover is severe, repair won't be the best option. Replacing the whole thing will ensure uncompromised structural integrity.