FAQs—Pontiac Bumper Cover
- I found some scratches on the bumper cover of my Pontiac. How can I fix the slight damage on the paintwork since I don’t have time to paint the whole bumper cover? What can be a good solution here?
The scratches on the bumper cover can be fixed through sanding and touch-up paint. First, check the severity and size of the scratches. If the nicks are over an inch in size, use 200-grit sandpaper. For smaller scratches, you may sand them using 400-grit sandpaper. After sanding, clean the area with damp cloth and let it dry. You can now apply touch-up paint starting with the inner parts of the damaged portions until the scratched areas are covered. Make sure that you don’t to go over the lines. Be careful in applying touch-up paint.
- I just found out that my Pontiac bumper cover has small cuts. How can I patch up these small cuts on a plastic cover?
Adhesion promoter can be a good solution for fixing small tears or cuts on a plastic bumper cover. Spray or wipe the cracks with the adhesion promoter, and then use a mesh patch. After this, you may add some epoxy adhesive to mend the tears. Allow the adhesive mix to harden. Fix the tears starting from the back and onto the front. Make sure that the filler/adhesive mix is applied evenly. The area should then be sanded to remove the rough spots.
- I used some adhesive mix and filler to cover up the small tears and cracks on the bumper cover. However, I think I sanded the area way too much, resulting in some low spots. What can I do to fix this?
You need to re-apply some adhesion promoter and adhesive mix. Add another layer until the surface is even and smooth. If there are pin holes, use plastic finishing putty or filler.
- I will be painting my bumper cover. What’s a good way to prep up the surface of the raw plastic cover? I want the coat of primer and paint to look smooth and even.
To remove dirt and oil, you have to scrub the surface with wax/grease remover. You may also have to do some sanding to make the surface smooth and even. By removing dirt and keeping the surface smooth, you can avoid bumps and rough spots in the paint. It will also help if you use some sealer before applying a coat of primer and paint on the bumper cover.
- I just painted my Pontiac bumper cover a couple of days ago. After washing the car, I found some runs and small bumps in the paint job. How can I even these out and make the paint work look and feel smooth?
To even out the bumps in the paint, you can sand these out with 600-grit sandpaper and water before switching to 1,200-grit sandpaper and water. The cover must be rinsed thoroughly and allowed to dry completely. Apply some rubbing compound after this; you may use a polisher or microfiber cloth. To make the paint smooth, you have to buff the area.
- What’s a great way to prepare the damaged bumper cover for repair? For plastic, what would be a good way to clean up the surface, including the edges and sides? I need some tips.
The gritty or grainy parts or surfaces have to be washed with soap and water. Lacquer thinner may also be applied on caked-on dirt or stuck grime that’s hard to get rid of. To remove dirt and contaminants around the edges and the sides, you may scrub the area with plastic solvent or plastic surface cleaner. This is a good way to clean up the part that will eventually be subjected to sanding and grinding, among other things. The bumper cover has to be cleaned up again after sanding and grinding and before applying any solution for the cuts and cracks.
- I saw some slight dents on the bumper cover. Can I easily pull the dents using a suction cup and plunger?
This technique is used by some DIYers, and this works for some. If this fails, what you can do is use a dent puller instead. Drill a hole right at the dent’s middle part. You have to put in the end of the dent puller through the hole you’ve drilled to pull the dent. To cover up the hole, you must use auto body filler after sanding the drilled surface. Then, let the filler dry fully. Once the filler is already hard, you have to even out the rough parts by sanding the surface again. After this, you can now apply a coat of primer and paint.
Finding the Right Pontiac Bumper Cover
Do you need the bumper of your Pontiac to have a reliable protection against unwanted dents and scratches? Or do you simply want it to have a different look? Either way, a bumper cover will serve its purpose, even for preciously old cars such as Pontiacs. With the wide array of Pontiac bumper cover choices, the only thing you should worry about is finding one that will perfectly suit your treasured possession. Well, we can help you make the right decision by thinking over some important considerations.
Protect and personalize
Whether the protection that a bumper cover offers is enough or not depends on the road you take while its aesthetics edge on your personal preference.
- City or country roads: Yes, it's true that there are no stray animals to suddenly bump unto your car in cities unlike in urban areas. But due to higher volume of vehicles in cities, the percentage of having to deal with bump-related damage is much higher in such areas. And so, whether you drive in city or country road, bumper cover reliability must be on top of your consideration. For this particular aspect, choose a Pontiac bumper cover with plastic material that has high damage resistance. You can either have rigid polycarbonate blend-made or flexible thermoplastic polyurethane-made bumper cover.
- Durability versus appearance: Bumper covers usually come in thermoplastic and thermoset plastics, both offering considerably durable compounds. Given proper maintenance, of course, bumper covers that are of said materials can last as long as your Pontiac lives. Some less durable bumper covers may look and feel almost the same as thermoplastics and thermosets, so don't be fooled. To identify plastic, look for the stamp at the back side of the Pontiac bumper cover. PP, PPO, TPE, TEO or TPO stands for thermoplastic while PUR or TPUR for thermoset.
- Availability of repair kit: Since bumper covers are designed to protect the bumpers, expect them to incur dents, cracks, and other unwanted marks. Although you can simply buy replacements, having any damage repaired is always a practical way to save some money. Having this in mind, availability of repair kit must also be considered when choosing bumper covers. That matter boils down to the availability of the bumper covers that are made of a particular type of plastic material as well. For this, remember that thermoplastics make up about 80% of bumper covers, thermosets 15%, and the remaining 5% is comprised of the other types of plastics.
- Desired look: Pontiac bumper covers come in different designs to make sure that the existing exterior accessories installed on the bumper remain highlighted. There are those having holes for parking aid sensors as well as emblem provisions. Others may even include tow hook holes. Such designs don't alter the appearance of your vehicle much. However, they can come already primed so you can do some repainting and be able to achieve a custom or personalized look.