FAQs— Nissan Bumper Cover
- I am about to install a Nissan bumper cover on the rear of my vehicle. Any tips to help me carry out the DIY installation properly?
It is advised that you first rid the bumper plate of dirt and debris. This plate can be found beneath the old bumper cover. During installation, pre-fit the cover first, starting from one side of the vehicle and slowly working your way to the other side. Make sure the holes on the bumper cover are aligned with the holes on the bumper or bumper plate to ensure that the nuts and bolts will be slotted in properly. Also look into the rear bumper cover’s alignment with the taillights.
- After a day of off-roading, I noticed that my Nissan bumper cover suffered a lot and got some unsightly dents. Can I use my spare body filler to fix these dents on my plastic bumper cover?
Yes, you can use body filler to fix these dents, but you have to sand the dent first as well as the area around the dent (3 inches) using 220-grit sandpaper. Sand the area until the paint is removed and the plastic material beneath appears. The body filler also needs to be added with a small line of hardener having a ratio of 3-inch line of hardener for every golf-ball size amount of body filler. When filling the dent with the body filler, make sure the filler is slightly higher than the bumper surface surrounding it. You will need to sand it once it’s dry until the filler is smooth and level with the bumper and is ready for painting.
- When painting a bumper cover, why is it always advised to apply several thin coats of paint, which is usually a longer process, than just one thick coat?
Applying several thin coats of paint really takes a while, as you will need to wait for each coat to dry before applying another coat. However, this is more advisable than applying one or two thick coats of paint that can run down or drip, causing uneven paint application that doesn’t look good. Also, by applying thin coats, you can see if you’ve applied enough paint to match the paint and finish of the other surfaces, thus ensuring smoother or more level paint job.
- Can you give me some tips on how to properly paint the body filler that I used to fill the dents on my bumper cover?
When spraying the primer over the filled area, make sure the sprayer is 10 inches away from the surface and that you spray paint from left to right. Before spraying the second coat of primer, allow the first coat to dry first for at least 10 minutes. Let the second coat dry for 30 minutes before spraying thin coats of paint. Depending on the original paint of your ride, you can spray four thin coats of paint on the filled surface. Each coat must be allowed to dry for at least 5 minutes before applying the next coat. The final coat should be allowed to dry for 6 hours before you drive your car or touch the paint.
- My Nissan’s plastic bumper cover has a dent. I don’t have body filler and paint, and buying these things plus a primer will sure cost me some bucks. Are there other options to remedy the problem?
You can try to take the dent out using a hair dryer and a hammer. It pays to wash the bumper cover first and rid it of dust and debris. Once the cover is dry, turn on the hair dryer and, with the hot air aimed at the dent, move the dryer in circular motion over the dent. The heat may cause the dent to pop out after just a few minutes. If it doesn’t, get a rubber mallet and carefully tap the area around the dent. Tapping will produce vibration, which, when combined with heat, is effective in popping out dents.
- Can I also use a hair dryer to fix a dent on a metal bumper cover? If yes, what other things do I need to pop out the dent on the metal?
Yes, you can. You should also have a can of compressed air. Simply turn the hair dryer on high heat and hold it over the dent for 30 to 45 seconds to make the area get hot. Holding the can of compressed air upside down, apply liquid co2 into the dent. Give the dent a minute or two, and it will pop out on its own. Wipe away residual liquid co2 using clean cloth.
- How can I ensure excellent pain adhesion on the area that I filled with body filler to conceal the dent?
One way to make sure the paint will stick to the surface and the filler well is to make sure that the area that will be painted is free of dirt and grease. With a microfiber towel, apply wax-and-grease remover into the area that will be painted.