You’re probably aware that in a collision the first thing to get damaged is usually your bumper. But what you might not know is how important a bumper is to your car. Your bumper takes the brunt of the force if you’re in an accident. It acts as a shock absorber to protect not only you and your passengers but the more valuable parts of the car including the engine. It also protects your car from dirt and debris which can get into more important parts of your vehicle.
Not only does your bumper act as a way of protecting you, it is also a necessity in having a working bumper. The NSW government can deem your vehicle unsafe if you are driving with a damaged bumper.
So now you know how important it is, here is how you can repair it:
Replacing instead of repairing
In some instances, if you have a minor dent or scratch on your bumper you won’t need to replace it completely.
An example of this is a small dent, cut or scratch into your bumper. If the damage is relatively insignificant it can be repaired at a lower cost than replacing the bumper.
If your bumper has taken a more severe hit and is no longer structurally sound, you might need to get your bumper replaced.
You might also want to replace a bumper if you have deep scratches or dents in it. Simply put, in many cases it will cost you less to just replace the bumper over paying for labour, sanding, fill in and to repaint the damaged bumper.
How to perform a car bumper repair
Fixing a bumper is a lengthy process, which is usually best left to industry professionals. Depending on the damage on your vehicle and whether or not the bumper as a whole needs to be replaced will see the steps vary.
But generally speaking:
- Assess the car: You will need to determine how severely the bumper is damaged and what repairs are needed.
- Sand the area that needs to be repaired: You will need to remove a fine layer off the surface of your bumper
- Clean the area: You will need to remove any dirt of debris from the bumper
- Priming: Apply a suitable automotive primer to the repaired area and the surrounding bumper.
- Paint: You will need to match the exact colour of your car and your bumper. You will then need to paint it
- Dry the paint: This is usually done with a heater
- Clear Coat: Once the paint has dried, apply a clear coat over the painted area, you will need to sand off the excess clear coat.
- Polish and buffing: You will need to polish and buff your car
- Reinstall the bumper: If it is a major repair and you’ve needed to remove the bumper then you will need to put it back on your car
Checkout our blog on “The Process of our Mobile Bumper & Scratch Repair Service”.
Sounds too hard?
If you would rather take the hassle out of car bumper repairs you can call the experts at Bumpertek instead. All you need to do is pick up the phone and ring us on 0459 225 017. We will organise a time that is convenient for you and organise a spot that the car can be repaired. Best still, you can get a same day repair, meaning you’ll be able to drive much sooner than taking it to a shop.