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Is it possible to fix scratches from a bare plastic bumper?

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Is it possible to fix scratches from a bare plastic bumper?

under estimated the height of a stupid snow bank, which on a warm day, turned into an icy bank and scraped the side of the bottom left rear bumper.

because its not actually painted, can it be buffed still? ive seen some people on youtube use heat guns to "revitalize plastic", but not sure if it will work on new plastic/scratches.
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No you cannot fix that and this being your first car expect more damage to happen as you're a new driver. Should have bought a used car so you wouldn't have to worry about stuff like this.
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*I am also interested to know if this is possible to repair as well
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Of course it can be fixed. Heat gun or buffing won't work but it can be sanded, and painted with textured black trim paint. Any body shop will be able to repair this. However it's down low and out of line of sight so you'd probably be better off saving your money.
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lol, amazing update.
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koffey wrote:
Jan 12th, 2018 2:49 pm
lol, amazing update.
Had it for two months now. It was an unfortunate mistake
prochargedv8 wrote:
Jan 12th, 2018 2:29 pm
Of course it can be fixed. Heat gun or buffing won't work but it can be sanded, and painted with textured black trim paint. Any body shop will be able to repair this. However it's down low and out of line of sight so you'd probably be better off saving your money.
I’ve seen a bunch of YouTube vids of people revitalizing plastic and scratches with a heat gun. It wouldn’t work in this case? Thought about buying one off amazon
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thatsnazzyiphoneguy wrote:
Jan 12th, 2018 3:06 pm
Had it for two months now. It was an unfortunate mistake



I’ve seen a bunch of YouTube vids of people revitalizing plastic and scratches with a heat gun. It wouldn’t work in this case? Thought about buying one off amazon
Heat gun works for very light scuffs, usually what you'd find on interior plastics, I can't tell how deep the scratches are from the photos, but you could pick up a heat gun at princess auto for $20 and give it a shot, but be careful as too much heat can warp the bumper and leave it looking worse.
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Sanding or not you will never be able to replicate the original texture, just forget it and don't worry about it.
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That'll buff right out.
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Looks like most of it will come out with a basic rubbing compound.
Use Meguiar's or Mother's.
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pkrash wrote:
Jan 13th, 2018 12:33 am
Looks like most of it will come out with a basic rubbing compound.
Use Meguiar's or Mother's.
its unpainted plasrtic though with a matte finish. think that would still work?
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thatsnazzyiphoneguy wrote:
Jan 13th, 2018 12:36 am
its unpainted plasrtic though with a matte finish. think that would still work?
Sorry, my mistake. Looked painted in the pic. Don't use that stuff.
They have Back to Black for plastic.
You could use an Armour All type on the whole piece as it will darken it and take away some of the light marks.
The trick with the heat gun is to not use so much that you make a mess and lose the texture too much.
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pkrash wrote:
Jan 13th, 2018 1:08 am
Sorry, my mistake. Looked painted in the pic. Don't use that stuff.
They have Back to Black for plastic.
You could use an Armour All type on the whole piece as it will darken it and take away some of the light marks.
The trick with the heat gun is to not use so much that you make a mess and lose the texture too much.
so basically cheapest way is to hide it with an armour all type spray.

heat gun may work but could leave a different finish .

only sur efire way is to blow a few hundred on a replacement bumper cover.

3 options basically? lol
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You can go found out how much that rear diffuser costs and just replace it. It shouldn't be as much as a bumper skin and it's unpainted so it should be a cheap swap.

There's no fixing it with "textured paint" it'll look off you'll need to paint the whole piece just to be close and end then It won't look "right". It's like fixing a popcorn ceiling.
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tebore wrote:
Jan 13th, 2018 4:15 am
You can go found out how much that rear diffuser costs and just replace it. It shouldn't be as much as a bumper skin and it's unpainted so it should be a cheap swap.

There's no fixing it with "textured paint" it'll look off you'll need to paint the whole piece just to be close and end then It won't look "right". It's like fixing a popcorn ceiling.
A competent painter can match and blend that texture no problem, adjusting the spray guns air pressure controls the pattern of the texture, just like matching factory orange peel, it's all about the blend, take the repair to the smallest point on the bumper and your eye won't pick up on the transition. Much cheaper than replacing the valance.

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