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.
FAQs—Dodge Bumper Cover
- What's the difference between a bumper and a bumper cover?
It used to be that the bumper is the complicated piece of auto construction that's made of chrome-plated steel and mounted deeply into your vehicle's front and rear parts in order to protect those same areas. Nowadays, that chrome-plated steel component in your car could be a bumper cover. Regardless, the plastic/fiberglass/steel/aluminum/carbon fiber cover is a helpful extra layer of protection and reinforcement for your bumper that protects it from superficial to major damage.
- What is a Dodge bumper cover and how is it different from a bumper?
A bumper cover is a shield made of plastic, rubber, aluminum, or steel that adds protection to your bumper, reinforcing it and making it tougher while at the same time shielding its surface from superficial bumps, dents, and scratches. It could be mounted on the front or rear of your vehicle. It could also be used to customize and improve the look of your car.
The bumper system is what absorbs the shock of low-speed collisions more often than not to reduce potential damage and protect its internal components (from the fuel line to its engine). Aside from covers, bumpers can also be improved upon with the use of brackets or energy absorbers as well as foam cushioning material.
- What is the main purpose of Dodge bumper covers?
While the car bumper's foremost purpose is to reduce or prevent physical damage to a passenger motor vehicle's front and rear ends, a car bumper cover's main goal is to protect the bumper. It's an extra protective layer that enhances the function of your bumper, making it more dependable.
If the bumper protects the car, then what protects the bumper? The bumper cover, of course. Just as people in ancient times used to wonder rhetorically, "Who watches the watchmen?" in regards to putting their guardians in check from abuse, a bumper cover serves as a means to keep the bumper from shouldering the burden of front-end and rear-end collisions by itself.
- What materials are bumper covers made of?
Bumper covers are typically made of the same material composition as your Dodge vehicle's stock bumper and chassis. When getting a cover for your bumper, you have the option to get a near-duplicate cover that matches the material your bumper is made out of or get a different material cover altogether.
You can have a plastic, fiberglass, steel, carbon filter, and aluminum cover perfectly fitted unto your car. Which one you should acquire depends on your needs. Poly resin plastic is affordable and easily paintable while still maintaining durability, aluminum is lightweight and fuel efficient, fiberglass is cost-effective but easily cracks, steel is heavy but arguably the toughest of them all, and carbon steel provides the advantages of all of the above save for cost.
- Is the bumper cover easy to install by yourself or do you need technician assistance?
Bumper cover installation isn't equal. Some bumpers are easier to install than others. However, most of the time, installing a cover is quite simple and requires only the most basic of hand tools. You simply need to take out a few fasteners and the old bumper cover will fall out by itself. You will need assistance in the form of extra hands and people to bear the weight of the cover or to hold the cover up as you screw or clip it unto your bumper. Otherwise, it's a 5-15 minute job at most.