An 8-Step Guide to Replacing Your Mitsubishi Bumper Cover
Although your Mitsubishi bumper cover is made to withstand tough conditions, it can still be damaged as a result of high-impact collisions. The bumper cover is typically mistaken as a mere aesthetic car accessory, but it actually serves a higher purpose than simply adorning your car's front-end. The bumper cover is also a protective element that dresses up your car's actual bumper while strengthening its shock absorbency. It adds another layer of defense to protect your car's fender, grille, taillights, and headlights. It's always a good investment to replace your bumper cover when it gets damaged. Here's a complete guide to help you out.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials:
- Clear coat
- Clip remover
- DA sander
- File set
- Paint suite
- Plastic clips
- Scraper blade
- Screw driver
- Soapy water
- Trim panel removal tool
Preparing the hood for the removal of the bumper cover
Expose the hood of your front bumper cover and disassemble the screws above the grille. You may find that the front bumper cover reaches deep into the edge of the hood and is attached by two to four screws. If you're working on the rear bumper cover, this does not apply.
Removing the plastic clips
Identify where the black plastic clips are. Are they lined along the inside edge of the bumper cover, or are they located just underneath it? Once you've pinpointed where they are, use a flat-head screwdriver to pop up the central circle, which is snapped inside another black plastic circle. Again, thrust that center up with a screwdriver and let it stay like that.
Taking out the central circle with small nippers
Use small nippers to clip the central circle and then remove it. Just be reminded that you need to replace these clips when putting the bumper back. No matter the situation, never reuse them. Otherwise, the bumper cover will loosen up and flap away when the car is moving.
Pulling out the bumper cover
Make sure that all the screws and plastic clips are disassembled before you pull out your Mitsubishi bumper cover. Lay the bumper cover on a blanket or soft cloth to prevent scrapes.
Painting the new bumper cover
Make sure to pelt the new bumper cover with e-coat before applying paint. If your new bumper cover is pre-primed, make sure not to remove the primer, since it's usually anti-corrosive and paint-adhesive. Clean the cover using 600-grit wet sandpaper in order to get rid of any impurities like grease, dirt, and dust. Afterwards, apply a basecoat to the entire bumper cover then leave it to dry. When the paint is dry, apply another layer of clear coat.
Ensuring that the paint is clean
Check the paint for any dirt or obvious contaminants. Remove large particles of dirt with a sharp razor blade.
Sanding the bumper cover
Dip the 1500-grit sandpaper in soapy water and leave it there to soak. Put some soapy water on a spray bottle and give the painted surface a generous spraying. Sand the surface in a circular motion to ensure that it's utterly clean. You may use a block to help apply even pressure. Repeat this same process with 2000-grit sandpaper.
Polishing the new bumper cover
Use an alcohol and water mixture to wipe the bumper cover and ensure for the last time that it is free from dirt. With a polish compound, remove any marks left from the sanding procedure. Now, you're ready to install your new Mitsubishi bumper cover. Remember, replace all the clips and retainers that you used while removing the bumper cover.
- Don't forget to wear protective glasses when working on your car. Personal protective equipment are necessary for your safety.