Daily Archives: October 29, 2012
The owner of this Maxima wanted a do over. After the car was damaged the owner had the car repaired using one of the “we come to you” body repair businesses that repair minor dents and dings in the parking lot. I’m not knocking the work these guys do, but the fact is you can’t possibly get the same quality work repairing a car in a parking lot as you can in a body shop. Because of time constraints the repair guy has to focus on doing the job quickly to the detriment of doing it well. This car arrived this morning, but it won’t be ready until tomorrow because it simply takes that long to do the job right.
The first picture shows the repair on the rear bumper. It is a bit difficult to see in the first picture, but in the second picture, taken closer, you can see that the repair is still visible. A definite no-no in the body shop business.
After sanding you can see in the third photograph the damage, a crack in the bumper. The first step is to remove the improper repair.
In picture four the defective repair has been removed and we are ready to repair the bumper properly this time.
Picture five and six show the bumper with a high-strength epoxy used to bind to and seal the damaged area on the bumper. We also applied a fiberglass mesh to the backside of the bumper, shown in picture six, for added strength. Once this filler dries we will be able to sand it smooth.
The last picture, number seven, shows the damaged area fully repaired. It still need paint of course, but the bumper is now as smooth and strong as it was when new.
This type of repair only works on light damage, as this bumper had, but even this only slightly damaged bumper still takes time to repair correctly. It takes time to allow the products to fully cure, to sand, and finally to paint. Time the parking lot repair guys simply don’t have.
Remember, it almost always costs less to have it repaired properly the first time … than to have it repaired twice.