- The valance on the front bumper is heavily scratched due to impact damage when getting through steep driveway entrances. Is there any way I can fix the scratches? Or should I just get a new Chevrolet valance?
Light scratches on the vehicle's bumper valance can still be fixed. You just have to sand it and apply body filler. The filled portions should be sanded again to make it smooth and even. Before painting the filled and sanded surface, it's important that you scrub off dirt or residue using alcohol and water. Spray some primer first before the basecoat paint. Let the paint dry fully for each application. Coat the treated area with clear coat.
- How do I remove the swirl marks from sanding? What product should I use to wipe these off the Chevy valance? I'd like to remove scratches on the valance by sanding, filling, and painting it afterwards.
After wet-sanding the surface, it will help if you'll wipe it down with the alcohol and water mixture. Large nibs in the paint can be removed by using a scraper. The nibs can also be wet-sanded. If sanding leaves behind some swirl marks, you just have to apply a three-stage compound polish to remove them.
- Is front bumper valance the same thing as the front spoiler or air dam? I'm quite confused. I want to make sure that I'm getting the right thing.
Yes, they're the same thing, although you may think of the spoiler as the flap or raised protrusion that you see on the rear deck lids or rear gate on hatchbacks. The air dam is the front valance that's mounted beneath the front bumper. In newer vehicle models, the air dams are integrated in a seamless piece consisting of the lower valance and bumper skin.
- Does a valance have any aerodynamic benefits?
Aside from providing support and protection to the front bumper, the valance that's mounted beneath also serves as an air dam. This helps guide the airflow, drawing air towards the radiator or A/C condenser and/or intercooler. Air is directed away from the tires, which causes lift. The panel not only houses the fog lights, reflectors, or other driving lights. It also helps improve the vehicle's aerodynamics.
- Does a valance really help the driver maneuver the vehicle better? What are the benefits?
The valance facilitates better airflow over and under the vehicle body. It redirects air underneath, which makes it easier and safer to maneuver the vehicle. Aside from this, the valance also helps block road grime, dirt, and mud away from the chassis, protecting the frame. Not only does it hide the skeletal body or underpinnings of the vehicle. It also makes it easier to maintain the cleanliness of the auto body. The valance is also designed for aesthetics. Available in different types of finish and design, the valance makes a great accent for the car's front end. It can be used for cosmetic vehicle upgrades. Just look for a direct-fit valance that matches the vehicle's style.