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Old 03-26-2006, 02:07 PM
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Bumper repair

My daughter damaged the front bumper on her 04 Mustang when she pulled up behind a pickup truck that had a pipe sticking out of the bed that she did not see. This pipe made a rather neat hole about 1 1/2" across in the bumper cover and I was wondering about the feasibility of repairing this. I have been told that those bumper covers are difficult to repair with any real success and a replacement is less than $150 so would it be better to replace it or would this be an easy repair? I have only painted a couple of these things and I have never attempted a repair on one.

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If it is a hole with a part missing, I personally would just replace it. If it is simply a cut or gouge, they are not usually that hard to repair. At work, we use Duramix products. I can't recall off hand which product it is for that type of bumper. If you check to see what it is made of, they make a product for repairing it. The main problem with Duramix products is that they require the use of special dispensing guns. The tubes are usually in the $30 price range and the gun is about $60.

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This is an almost perfectly round hole (the piece is missing) with a couple of small cuts extending from the edge of the hole about an inch. Since the missing piece may be a problem I think I may as well just replace it. Thanks
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I would say it sounds like the perfect time to get a plastic welder... They are only a couple hundred bucks and will pay for themselves in short order..Fun as anything too!
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Milo, That may be a good idea thanks for the link, I am buying some other tools for the shop now anyway so now may be a good time to get that set-up since I am sure it is only a matter of time until I need it again. I suppose I will go ahead and buy a new bumper this time because she is really picky about this thing and in a hurry. She thinks it is just the worst thing in the world to drive to class with a hole in her car
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mostly noticeing the perfect excuse to get a new tool... even if it doesn't fix it you'd have it and they are real handy
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Oldred, I'd fix it, the bumper repair material will repair that hole just fine if it's done to both sides and a reinforcing mesh is used on the backside. Might eliminate some color mismatch problems as well if you can blend out the repair area and clear the complete bumper. If you're pricing an aftermarket bumper cover $150 beware some of these don't fit very well. And thanks for the help on the compressor parts- Green Valley came through with the parts and it's up and running again. Bob
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I have repaired a bumper by putting a fiberglass resin patch
(with cloth) on the back side to support the flex bumper filler on
the front side. I was worried about the flexing but it seemed to
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Okay, how do I repair the piece missing from this bumper? Just kidden.
I have had good luck with the little tubes of flexible bumper repair material made by bondo for small tears and rips when you don't want to buy a tube of duramix and only need a small amount. Never tried to fill anything missing other then a real small hole though. Plastic welding fun?? Thats one thing I didn't really care for too much. I still have to buy one of those someday. If you sandwitch some mesh between bumper repair material like bob said, I think you will be fine for a missing piece that size.
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