FAQs—Dodge Bumper Cover
- I’m about to repair some scratches, small cracks, and tears on my plastic bumper cover. I have mostly everything I need for sanding, grinding, and painting, but I’m not sure what type of adhesive to use. How will I know what type of adhesive I need for the plastic?
You have to figure out what type of plastic is used on the bumper cover before you can find the right adhesive. Some repair kits are specific to certain compounds or plastic materials. What you can do is look for the stamp on the bumper cover. You will find the codes PP, PPO, TPE, TEO, or TPO for thermoplastic, and PUR or TPUR for the thermoset. Once you know for sure the specific material used, you can find the right kit and adhesive that will best work for the bumper cover repair.
- How can I properly clean my Dodge bumper cover to prep up the damaged portion for the repair (i.e., sanding and grinding)? What would be a good product to use for the plastic?
Don’t just wipe the surface clean with a rag. Don’t take any shortcut. You’d want to make sure that the scratched or torn area is prepped up fully well. Use plastic solvent or plastic surface cleaner and a hand pad to scrub away dirt and contaminants on the edges and the back sides. This will make sanding much easier. If the surface is somewhat gritty or rough and grainy, you’ll have to wash it first with soap and water before applying the cleaner or solvent and scrubbing it. For hard-to-remove grime, you may dab some lacquer thinner. After the grinding and sanding, you’ll have to clean the surface again before finally mending the cracks and tears.
- I just found out that my bumper cover has chipped paint. How can I fix the slight scratches and damage on the paint? Any good tip on how I can fix this easily without having the entire bumper cover painted?
The scratches and chips should be sanded. A 200-grit sandpaper can be the best option for nicks or chipped portions that are over an inch. For smaller scratches, a 400-grit paper will do. After sanding the damaged surface, you have to clean the sanded portion using a damp cloth to get rid of dirt. Before you apply touch-up paint, make sure that the area is dry. For best results, start with the inside parts of the damaged area and apply the touch-up paint carefully, making sure that you don’t go beyond the lines. Allow it to dry completely.
- There’s a dent on the front bumper cover of my Dodge. We tried pulling out the dent using a suction cup and a plunger, but it didn’t work. What would be an easy and effective way to fix this dent? I don’t want to send the car to the shop just for the small dent.
You may have to drill a hole at the dent's center to make it easier for you to pull it. Through the hole, you can insert the end of the dent puller and then pull the dent. You need to sand the surface where you drilled and pulled the dent. The hole must be filled with body filler. Allow this to dry and harden, and then smoothe out the filled out portion by sanding it again. After this, you can now spray a coat of primer and paint.
- My plastic bumper cover has some tears. How can I fix the small cuts? What are the materials/products I can use?
The cracks or repair area should be sprayed or wiped with adhesion promoter. Use a mesh patch and apply some epoxy adhesive on the tears. Start with the back of the bumper cover. Once the adhesive mix is already hard, move on to the front side using basically the same products/materials. Sand the area where the adhesive mix/filler is applied to even out the high spots and rough edges.
- There are runs and small bumps in the paint. How can I fix these on a newly painted bumper cover?
You have to sand them out using a 600-grit paper and water. Once the bumps are already evened out, move on to sanding with a 1,200-grit sandpaper and water. Rinse the cover and let it dry completely before dabbing some rubbing compound. You may use a polisher and/or a microfiber cloth. The bumper cover must be buffed to bring out the shine.
- I'm about to paint a new bumper cover. How should I prep it up to make sure that when I apply a coat of primer and paint, this will stick and look good?
The cover must be scrubbed using wax/grease remover. To make the surface smooth and even, you may have to sand it. Make sure that the surface is kept clean to prevent bumps in the paint. You must apply a coat of bumper sealer prior to coating the bumper with primer and paint.