Daily Archives: September 22, 2011

Plastic fantastic, part 2

Here is the bumper after priming, painting, and the clear coat. You can’t can’t even tell where the bumper was damaged.

When this picture was taken the clear coat was still a little tacky, but after it dries over night the bumper will be ready to install on the car in the morning.

War weary, battle scarred

This poor Honda Accord, just back from the road wars of Los Angles, California, looks a little tired and worn. There is no serious body damage, but there are bumps and bruises everywhere from the everyday jostling of a big city full of cars.

The first five pictures show the car as it arrived. No big dents, but both bumpers have deep scratches and both sides of the car have various rub marks. The head-lamps are also a little cloudy from the intense southern California sun and the constant sandblasting from road grit.

The next three photos show the car being painted. Since the rub marks on the sides were on the rear portion of the car, we only painted the sides on the back half, along with the bumpers, in order to save the owner money.

The last five pictures show the car out of the paint booth and, in the last three, assembled and ready to return to the customer. While we were cleaning the car up, preparing to return it to the customer, I polished the head-lamps to remove the haze because, frankly, they were borderline dangerous.

Now that all the scratches, bumps and bruises are removed, the car doesn’t look new, but it certain looks a lot better than it did when it arrived at the shop. A little R&R, that would be restoration and remediation, does a body good.

Plastic fantastic

I guess someone figured that if it’s called a bumper, that’s what they’re for … and this Camry’s bumper was most definitely bumped. Bumped hard enough to crack the plastic.

Not all cracked bumpers are repairable, but this one is. You can see in the first picture the damage that was done by a careless driver. Not a pretty sight. Before the repair can begin I had to sand the paint off the effected area to reveal the damaged plastic underneath.

The second photo shows a product we use specifically designed for plastic bumper repair. It is basically a very thick, strong, glue that binds the damaged areas and can be sanded when dried. I have placed a piece of fiberglass mesh in with the glue to provide additional strength.

After the bonding material dried it was sanded smooth as shown in the third photo. A bit of body filler here and there to smooth the sanded areas and this bumper is ready for primer and paint.

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