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Old 03-05-2014, 08:49 AM   #1
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Possible to fix this at home?

I was backing out of a parking spot at the same rate as the car directly behind me regretfully. The hit was relatively minor but i was wondering if it could be returned to factory condition with a bit of bondo, paint , and clear coat. If not, then how much would a shop charge for this type of damage on averageClick image for larger version

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Have you tried catching your tears and rubbing those on it?
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Have you tried catching your tears and rubbing those on it?

Day in and day out, I'm so paranoid of backing out now haha
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Well considering it is plastic you won't be able to use Bondo to the best of my knowledge. See if Bondo makes a filler for plastic. If it is cracked it's done if its just a chip your okay. A shop will replace it most likely an OEM refurb should run 300-400, and paint probably another 200-300 depending on who paints it.

*By chip I mean gougued you know how plastic gets when it's not cracked.
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Thanks for the responses, i thought so too around that price range of 500. I'll go to a shop today to get an estimate and I'll post up a pic or info to help anyone else in a similar position.
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Did you look for a matching used bumper in good shape? Imsure someone around here has to have replaced their rear bumper
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Did you look for a matching used bumper in good shape? Imsure someone around here has to have replaced their rear bumper

That's also a good option. Went to my mechanic and he said that the rear bumper alone without any of the mounts or clips goes for $239,
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The plastics such as bumper covers require a special repair, especially if they have a split. The cover is removed, and a special heat gun with "staples" are used to keep the tear fron spreading. Then a epoxy is used on the front surface, sanded, and then a small amount of bondo is used to smooth it out for paint.

Anything can be done at home, but it requires the tools, skill set, and materials to do. This one may better be left to a body shop.
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Did you look for a matching used bumper in good shape? Imsure someone around here has to have replaced their rear bumper

That's also a good option. Went to my mechanic and he said that the rear bumper alone without any of the mounts or clips goes for $239,
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That's also a good option. Went to my mechanic and he said that the rear bumper alone without any of the mounts or clips goes for $239,

Is it pre-painted? If so, thats prob your best deal. I imagine most if not all clips and mounts are still in place (hopefully the right place haha)
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The plastics such as bumper covers require a special repair, especially if they have a split. The cover is removed, and a special heat gun with "staples" are used to keep the tear fron spreading. Then a epoxy is used on the front surface, sanded, and then a small amount of bondo is used to smooth it out for paint.

Anything can be done at home, but it requires the tools, skill set, and materials to do. This one may better be left to a body shop.

Theres a specific epoxy actually made for fixing bumpers. I think its called bumper patch. Magical stuff. Not so magical to do yourself haha
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