Bumper Protector: Picking Proper Protection for Your Bumper Defender
To have a protector for something whose function it is to protect might seem a tad redundant. We have to admit to ourselves, however, that nobody wants a bumper all decked out with scratches and dings-it ruins the overall look of anyone's ride. With a bumper protector, you have an easy and cheap way to shield your bumper-now all you have to do is pick the right one!
Pick your shield
There are two types of bumper protectors to choose from: the permanent ones and the temporary ones. The first type, permanent, is normally installed over your bumper (or even license plate) and stays there all the time. The temporary one is more like an apron installed inside your vehicle's trunk that you just flip out when you need it-like, say, when you're parked and just want to play things safe.
The advantage of the permanent type is that it protects you around the clock-even while you drive around. The full-coverage version wraps around your front and/or rear bumper, and it acts as a constant buffer on the road. This is a boon especially when trying to park on busy street in any one of America's major cities. The ones attached to the license plate provide a bit of spacing and is less obtrusive.
On the other hand, the temporary version that you flip out has the advantage of being hidden most of the time-it doesn't "break" the overall look and feel of your ride. You can uninstall or install as you see fit and have a great deal of control over it. The problem is that you can only ever use it when parked-it doesn't protect all the time, and most States do not allow a driver to go about with license plate covered!
Matters of style
There is enough of a market in bumper protectors that you have a wide range of choice when it comes to color, as well as matching your ride's overall look and feel. A bumper protector is still mainly geared towards safety and protection. Do not expect it to be a glamorous accessory. All in all, you should think most about what is more important for you-staying safe or looking good!
Putting in a Bumper Protector
Let's admit something here-we know that our bumpers are meant to be, well, bumped. That's the function that they serve, and they serve it well. If we're being very honest, though, the sight of the slightest bump or scratch on our bumpers just really annoys us to no end. It's a good thing, then, that there are bumper protectors that "watch the watchmen", as it were-they're absolutely easy to install too!
Time to Complete: 15-20 minutes
Stuff You'll Need:
- Bumper guard/s-depends on where you want to install, front or back
- Straight-edged cutter
- Masking tape
- Pencil or crayon
- Measuring tape
- Cleaning solution
- Clean rags
The Way to Go:
Step 1: Carefully clean your bumper-make sure you get all the dust and dirt removed! Any that remain will mess up your installation in a very nasty way.
Step 2: Using the masking tape, put in guides from one end to the other in a straight line. Use the leveler to guide and assist you. Keep this "guide" high up on the bumper as you will need to remove the tape later on.
Step 3: Fit the bumper protector by raising it up to your bumper without removing the mounting tape. Take time to note down how it looks and fits. This will serve as a mental guide so you don't make mistakes when it comes time for an installation.
Step 4: Pull off the backing paper on the mounting tape of your bumper protector and attach it to your bumper. Align and adjust as you see fit until you are comfortable with how it looks.
Step 5: You can trim the ends if you like to achieve a more professional look, but this is entirely optional.
Step 6: When you are completely satisfied with the fit, press down across the length of the protector to secure it in place.
*NOTE* Just repeat the steps above for the other bumper!
- It might seem like a light installation job, but still keep safety at the forefront: wear safety goggles, gloves, and closed-toed shoes for your protection!
- Always work with your vehicle parked and secured on a level surface. Make sure that the parking brake is engaged and jam a hefty piece of wood or a rock to secure the wheels and prevent rolling.