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Old 25 Aug 2016, 09:20 pm
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Default Repaired Tear In My Front Bumper.

When I bought my PT last year, there was a tear in the front bumper, about 1" long, and some indents. I have been wanting to repair it since then so that I could then repaint the front and rear bumpers. I finally got around to it today.

This is what it looked like.



A close up:



After removing the bumper I used a heat gun to heat up the indents from the backside, then I used the end of a screwdriver handle to push them back out.


This is the screwdriver handle I used to push out the indents after I heated them.



I then used my dremel with a tapered bit to clean up the area and make a v-grove on the two sides of the tear, front and back.


Then I busted out this baby. Bought this plastic welder 20 years ago and never used it. Finally got to use it today! Woohoo!


Inside of the plastic welder.


I'd first repair the backside by applying fiberflex filler stick with the plastic welder, and then a piece of wire mesh to give it some support.


These are the fiberflex repair rods. I've seen a video explaining that you can also use pieces of the black tubing used for underground sprinklers, which is much cheaper from what I saw.


The plastic welder wand with the flat paddle end attached. There is also a different tip with a hole in it to feed the other varieties of plastic welding rod.


Fiberflex rod melted and spread over the back side of the tear in the bumper. I used more than you see here to fill and smooth it all out.



Wire mesh attached to the top of the tear, filled with more fiberflex rod. I covered the whole thing with melted fiberflex rod.


I chose to use this on the front of the bumper. I could have used more fiberflex rod, but the indents and tear were so small I felt this was a better choice regarding application and sanding.


First coat of bumper repair drying. I ended up having to apply two coats.


I ended up sanding smooth the two coats of bumper repair goop, but ran out of sunlight and couldn't take a picture. I'll post those tomorrow.

The repair came out nice. I was told by several shops that "You can't fix that. You need to replace the whole bumper". When I'm told things like that, it makes me want to fix it, and then go back and show it to them.



One big question, if anyone can offer an answer. I sanded the repaired area with 120, then 400, then 800 grit paper. I happen to like the texture on the stock bumpers, but it got smoothed out in the repair area.

I'm wondering, when I spray adhesion promoter, then dark charcoal bumper spray, will that smooth area be very noticeable? If so, any suggestions on how to "reapply" texture?

I guess my other option is to sand the entire front bumper with 800 grit to smooth it out, but I'd rather not as, like I said, I like the texture.
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Old 25 Aug 2016, 10:39 pm
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One big question, if anyone can offer an answer. I sanded the repaired area with 120, then 400, then 800 grit paper. I happen to like the texture on the stock bumpers, but it got smoothed out in the repair area.

I'm wondering, when I spray adhesion promoter, then dark charcoal bumper spray, will that smooth area be very noticeable? If so, any suggestions on how to "reapply" texture?

I guess my other option is to sand the entire front bumper with 800 grit to smooth it out, but I'd rather not as, like I said, I like the texture.
I guessing here, but this is what I immediately thought of. What about when you spray your paint, you give it a couple of shots far enough way that it will make dots, and not cover completely? Do that a couple times? I am not a painter, but I wonder if it would work?

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Old 25 Aug 2016, 10:50 pm
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I guessing here, but this is what I immediately thought of. What about when you spray your paint, you give it a couple of shots far enough way that it will make dots, and not cover completely? Do that a couple times? I am not a painter, but I wonder if it would work?

All suggestions are welcomed. Could be a way to do it. I had that happen with the bass I built earlier this year. Left a texture.
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Old 26 Aug 2016, 10:34 am
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This is the final repair of the bumper. You can see the sanding marks. I purposely didn't sand it smooth as glass because I'm wondering how to try and best match the texture of the original bumper. I know they have texture paint product, but I don't want to get into that.

Maybe a cross hatch with the sand paper, just to give it enough texture to fool the eye when it's painted.

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This is a great thread. CREWZIN might want to consider making this one a sticky How-To.
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Added it to the HOW TO section. Thanks.
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This is a great thread. CREWZIN might want to consider making this one a sticky How-To.
Wow, I never expected to be in the How-To section. Thanks.
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Old 26 Aug 2016, 10:56 am
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Added it to the HOW TO section. Thanks.
Thanks CREWZIN! Much appreciated!
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have you ever thought od the spray on rino lining they are painting jeeps and cars and everything with it it has its own texture and it would last for like a life time might be something to think bout
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Old 26 Aug 2016, 11:31 am
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have you ever thought od the spray on rino lining they are painting jeeps and cars and everything with it it has its own texture and it would last for like a life time might be something to think bout
Interesting suggestion, but not quite what I am looking for as an end result.

I would like to keep it as stock as possible, but simply paint it a darker charcoal color to get rid of the fading and tape lines. I already have the adhesion promoter and bumper paint. I'm using the stuff that Chris15 had suggested way back when and is now a How-To.
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