As auto detailing specialists, we understand that having a damaged bumper is an unsightly issue. From large dents to small dings, FR Bumper Solutions has seen it all. Through years of bumper repairs, we’ve perfected the art of reconstructing bumper damage and returning your car back to its pristine condition. We’ve provided a step-by-step of bumper crack repairs for Denver residents.
Step 1: Prep & Sand
First and foremost, we want to pinpoint the exact area of the cracked bumper. Cleaning the affected area is an important step in ensuring that no debris will affect the process of the repair. Once the impaired area has been cleaned and dried thoroughly, we move on over to sanding. Our technician will sand away the paint surrounding the cracked area, which will allow access to the car’s panel as well as create better adhesion. Sanding is a vital step for a smooth and plain surface, making it ready for further procedures.
Step 2: Fuse Crack
Most cracks include some distortion of the surrounding affected bumper. So once the sanding is finished, heat will be applied to the impaired area – this will aid in properly aligning the crack. By administering heat, the plastic will melt together – allowing for each side of the crack to properly adhere together. This step is crucial to the success of the final repair and will take a longer amount of time, as heat will be continually applied until the crack starts to fuse and align.
Step 3: Body Shape Restoration
Once the heat has been applied, and the crack has been fused, the application of body filler is next. Depending on the severity of the crack itself, our technicians will use several thin layers of filler to avoid a patchy or rough surface application. Body fillers are used for most bumper repair projects. Its purpose is to even out blemishes and impairments on cars – providing a smooth surface and preparing the area for paint.
3 types of Body Fillers:
- Standard – lightweight, spreads easily, and great for repairing minor dents and imperfections, provides low stan-resistance. Cures in about 20-25 minutes
- Medium Grade – fiberglass filled, works well with different body surfaces – mainly metal & fiberglass, holds good stain-resistance. Good for small holes, tears, and cracks.
- Premium – produced from high-quality resin, highest stain-resistance, easy to sand down and has best adhesion benefits, best for large area damage.
Step 4: Smooth it Out
Once the filler has been applied to the damaged area, we sand it down one more time. We want to create a smooth and sleek surface to prepare the bumper for paint. We make sure to apply minimal pressure while sanding the bumper’s surface by starting off with 150-200 grit sandpaper, and then finishing off with a 320 grit- this will allow you to have a leveled and smooth surface.
Step 5: Primer and Paint
Applying primer before any paint is a crucial part of any automotive repair project. We apply primer right after the sanding has taken place, allowing for the paint to adhere effortlessly to the car’s panel. The primer can be applied by using a spray gun or a brush and should be left to dry between coats. Without adding primer, your paint will flake off or peel, eventually leading to rust. Think of primer as a protective coat for your car panel’s integrity. Once the primer has dried, the right paint color will be applied to the area coat by coat.
Step 6: Apply Clear Coat
The last and final step includes the application of a clear coat. Clear coat adds a polished look that not only makes your car look immaculate, but it also acts as a protective coat to the newly applied paint. The result will be a perfectly repaired bumper!
At Front Range Bumper Solutions, we’re here to make your bumper damage woes become a thing of the past. We pride ourselves in providing each and every client with the best experience along with the best customer service. We’ll take you through each step and ensure that you love the outcome. Contact us today for a free estimate at (720) 222-5044 for Denver residents or (719) 896-2530 for Colorado Springs.