Subaru Bumper Cover Maintenance: Tips for Beginners
Although the bumper cover doesn't have the same shock-absorbing properties as the bumper, this still serves as reinforcement. This can shield some components from damage in case of a low-speed crash. It's like a frontline solider. It's usually the one that gets hit the most, protecting the hood and other components along the way. Most are designed now with sleek lines and sexy curves, and so, they add flair and enhance the aesthetics of the vehicle. To keep this in great shape, check out some of these ideas:
- Get your bumper cover cleaned up.
The bumper cover is heavily exposed to dirt, mud, grime, and all sorts of gunk on the road. These can easily stick to the panel. Dirt buildup can eventually cause the bumper cover to look shabby or dull or to get badly ruined. Cleaning it can be the best thing you can do for it after a rough day on the road. You can wash it using soap and water or may use a special cleaning solution made for its material, which could be plastic or fiberglass. You can even polish or wax it to restore its shine or add a layer of protection against heat and other harmful weather elements. Look for cleaning solutions that are tough on dirt but gentle on the paint or finish. Scrub off stubborn dirt as needed using a soft-bristle or detailing brush. Remove mineral deposits, blotchy spots, and other buildup. Make sure that all seams and corners are covered when you do your car washing.
- Remove dents on the bumper cover.
Smaller dents on the bumper cover can be fixed even in your own garage at home. You may use a car dent puller to suction out the dents for a smooth, even surface. Other tricks you may try include heating up the dents using a hair dryer. This will make small dents easier to pop. You may even use a wooden block for that. Another alternative for pushing out the dents is a heat gun. If the dents are bigger and deeper, you'd better have this fixed in an auto body shop. Better yet, you can just replace the heavily dented bumper cover. The structural integrity of this panel may already be compromised. With a new cover, you can restore the clean, stylish look of the vehicle and can count on its durability.
- Erase light scratches on the bumper cover.
It's not unlikely that the bumper cover will somehow get scratched. Considering location, it can be hit by debris, rocks, or objects on the road. Light scratches can still be erased or made less visible on the surface. Sanding, buffing, and painting can be done to remove these marks. There are also other scratch treatments that can be used. Just look for the right solutions or products that can be found in some auto parts stores.
- Check for missing clips, bolts, or hardware on the bumper cover.
Don't let the bumper cover sag or fall off the frame. As you clean the cover, check if it's still attached or installed properly, especially if the vehicle has been hit or has been involved in an accident. If there are missing clips or bolts, replace them right away.