How to Fix the Ford Valance
Aside from protecting the bumper, the valance also lends your Ford a more stylish look. It also has aerodynamic qualities, making it a practical add-on. But since this panel is located below the bumper, wrapped around it, the cover can easily get scratched or scuffed. You can always get a new valance if the old panel no longer looks great on your car or if it's somewhat damaged. You can go to an auto body shop to have this fixed, but that will cost you some cash. If you're a DIYer at heart, we can help you fix your Ford valance. Here are the tools you'll need and the step-by-step guide for the repair:
Difficulty level: Moderate
Things you'll need:
- Sand paper
- Body filler
- Cleaning pad
- Scraper/Scraper blade
- Buffing ball
- Spray bottle
- Body trim tool
Step 1:Remove the bumper cover. If this is held by clips, using a trim panel tool. For screws, you'll need a torx head driver. After removing all the mounting hardware that secure the bumper cover, you can work on detaching the valance from the cover. You have pull out the lamps or reflectors that are attached to the panel.
Step 2:Sand the area that's scratched or the scuffed parts of the valance. Use a heavier-grit sandpaper for starters and then switch to a lighter-grit sandpaper. Do this until the surface is smooth and the scratches are no longer visible.
Step 3:Clean the sanded area before you coat this thinly with body filler. After applying some body filler, you have to sand the filled parts until they're smooth and even.
Step 4:Use alcohol and water to clean the panel prior to painting. A cleaning pad will help scrub off dirt and residue.
Step 5:Spray some primer to the sanded and filled area of the valance. After this, you can now apply the basecoat paint. The paint must blend into the rest of the valance. Let the paint dry fully before you apply the clear coat. Use the same blending technique when applying the clear coat. The clear coat must also dry completely.
Step 6:Check if there are nibs in the paint. With a scraper or scraper blade, remove the large nibs. You have to wet-sand the painted portions. The 1500-grit sandpaper must be dipped into soapy water. Spray soapy water onto the painted surface as you go along. It will also help if you use a block with the sandpaper for even pressure when sanding in circular motions until the nibs are removed. Switch to 2000-grit sandpaper that's also soaked in soapy water.
Step 7: Wipe down the sanded surface with alcohol and water mixture. Check for nibs, residue, and dirt. To remove the swirl marks from sanding, use a three-stage compound polish.
Step 8:Re-attach the valance to the bumper cover with the clips/mounting hardware. After this, you can now reinstall the bumper cover to the vehicle. If there are lamps or reflectors attached to the panel, you have to put them back. Make sure that everything is secure and in place.