FAQs— Nissan Bumper Cover
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- How can I ensure excellent pain adhesion on the area that I filled with body filler to conceal the dent?
Nissan Bumper Cover Buyer's Guide
- Embodying the values of safety, dynamic performance and sustainability, Nissan continues to be one of the major car manufacturers in the world today.
- Replacing important parts of your vehicle requires the same standard of safety. It also begs the question: are OE replacement parts as good as OEM parts?
- OE replacement parts are indeed just as good, if not better, than OEM parts. They’re made with quality and are more accessible price-wise.
- You have to determine your car’s model and year to select the best Nissan bumper cover you need. You also need to consider application-specific features, material, and style before choosing the right bumper cover replacement.
Nissan is a Japanese carmaker that was established back in 1911 by Masujiro Hashimoto. Nissan is Japan’s first automobile manufacturer. From its humble beginnings in Yokohama, Japan, it’s now one of the major car brands in the world. It’s a leader in technology and design excellence and is committed to safety, dynamic performance, and sustainability.
Because of their core values, they’re also trusted by many car owners around the world. Their commitment to safety, most of all, reflects in how they design and manufacture their cars and replacement parts. But in the event that a Nissan car owner needs to replace an important part of their car, can OE replacement parts perform as well as OEM parts?
OEM vs OE: What’s the difference?
OEM is an abbreviation for original equipment manufacturer. This means that these parts are made by the car manufacturers themselves as well as their authorized suppliers. You can definitely be sure of the quality of OEM parts. However, they tend to be expensive and difficult to source in a pinch. That’s because only authorized merchants and official dealers are allowed to sell them.
The OE in OE replacement parts, on the other hand, stands for “original equipment”. OE replacement parts are made by third-party manufacturers. These replacement parts come in a wider variety of materials, designs, and most importantly, prices. Plus, you can get them at most auto shops. And you don’t even have to worry about the quality of these parts because they’re designed to uphold the standards of safety and quality.
Can OE replacement bumper covers be as good as OEM?
Yes, and there are plenty of good reasons for that. First off, OE replacement Nissan bumper covers work to protect your vehicle the same way as an OEM part does. Quality and function-wise, there’s no difference.
Bumper covers exist to dampen the force of minor collisions so that your Nissan bumper won’t take much of the damage. Bumper covers also protect other parts of your car like your taillights, grille, and fender. They’re also there for aesthetic purposes.
The variety of OE replacement parts gives you the opportunity to make better choices suited to your safety needs, and style. OE replacement bumper covers are also more affordable and easier to purchase than OEM parts. And you get to enjoy all those perks for equal or better performance than OEM parts.
How to choose the best Nissan bumper cover
Car bumper covers protect your car’s bumper. They’re commonly made of plastic, fiberglass, leather, and/or rubber. Installing bumper covers adds an additional layer of protection in case of accidents. They’re also there for aesthetics and come in lots of materials and paint finishes as well. Nissan Altima bumper covers, for example, are already primed and ready for customization and painting.
When looking for OE replacement bumper covers, you need to know the model and year of your car. You’d also need to look into application-specific features such as fog lights and tow hook provisions if you have them. We also recommend that you look into material, design, paint options for your bumper cover. Though you can do the bumper cover installation on your own, it would also be a good choice to consult a how-to guide or have it done by a professional.
The price of a replacement bumper cover ranges from $26 to $450. If you think your Nissan bumper cover needs replacing, just enter the correct model and year of your car into our vehicle selector so we can help you choose the right one for you.
How to Repair Your Nissan Bumper Cover
So your bumper cover had just been torn up. Luckily, it did its job at protecting the bumper underneath it, but at the cost of its own self. How should you go about repairing this important piece of hardware that strengthens and reinforces your bumper in more ways than one? Usually, you might consider simply replacing the cover with a new one, but you need to first weigh your options.
What You'll Need
- Body filler
- Body filler squeegee
- Plastic surface cleaner
- Matching spray paint
- 80-grit, 120-grit, and 400-grit paper
- Sander with 24-grit disc
- Rotary file
- Cordless drill
- Masking tape
- Self-stick fiberglass repair tape
Step 1:Remove the cover from your bumper. Find a dry place to work with the cover so that the adhesives have an area where they could properly cure. Choose an adhesive for your bumper cover then prep the fascia.
Step 2:The material your bumper cover is made of will determine which adhesive you should go for. Find the stamp on your cover labeling it as TPUR, PUR, TPE, PPO, or PP. Tell that info to your counterman at the auto store to get the right adhesive recipe for your needs.
Step 3:Prepping the cover requires scuffing the damaged area with a plastic surface cleaner. Scrub the inner and outer surfaces of a torn-up or cut bumper cover. Rinse the cover and then let it dry. Wipe the area with prep solvent as well.
Step 4:Once the solvent dries, use the 80-grit paper to sand the area. Form a "V" groove on the damaged parts on the fascia's front and back sides. The grooves will enable you to easily align the edges and give the adhesive more surface area adherence.
Step 5:PUR and TPUR plastics powder when sanded, so their grooves should be cut with a 24-grit disc on a sander. PP, PPO, and TPE smear when sanded, so their grooves should be made with a rotary file and a cordless drill.
Step 6:Repair from the fascia's backside your cover's cuts and tears. If the damage is large, you should hold the edges and repair using masking tape. Afterwards, get self-stick fiberglass repair tape to give the damage more structure.
Step 7:On a piece of cardboard, thoroughly mix equal amounts of repair adhesive and hardener. Use a body-filler squeegee to apply it over the tape. Apply a second adhesive layer over the first player at a 90 degree angle.
Step 8:After 20 minutes, move the fascia's front and remove the tape. Get the 80-grit sandpaper to remove any material that squeezed through. Sand any spots above the fascia level. Cut out any low spots and level it out with the squeegee.
Step 9:After the new layer of adhesive has hardened as well, use 80-grit then 120-grit sandpaper to sand everything to the proper level.
Step 10:Apply a skim coat of repair material over any surface imperfections so that the original contour is restored. Use 400-grit paper for the final sanding and smoothening.
Step 11:After adhesive and body filler repair on the cover is completed, then you can apply two wet coats of flexible part sealer on the part. Dry it for 30 minutes. Prime the bumper cover with two-coats of two-part primer surfacer.
Step 12:Dry it out between coats, sand it down with 400-grit paper, and repeat. Finally, mix the clearcoat with hardener for two medium clearcoat applications. Your fascia is ready for reinstallation after drying overnight.