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Old 07-31-2011, 09:21 AM   #1
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Should i buy a whole new bumper or bring it to a auto shop?
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Old 07-31-2011, 09:23 AM   #2
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Right side bottom front bumper cover



Left side bottom front bumper cover

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Old 08-01-2011, 02:09 AM   #3
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Pictures would be really helpful.
However as a general rule of thumb, if you can catch your fingernail in the scratch it will require either touch-up paint or wet-sanding to repair. If you can't catch your fingernail in it then it has a very high likelihood of being able to be buffed out.
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Old 08-01-2011, 03:15 AM   #4
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I assume since the images aren't working, and him asking if he should replace.. that it's a deep enough scratch to be into the structure of the plastic, not just the paint. I'd say bring it to an auto shop, they'll be able to smooth the scratch in the plastic with filler if it's not all the way through, and then re paint. I'd say it'll probably cost you around 400-500$ for that at the budget end.

Ordering a new bumper from the dealer will give you a plain unpainted bumper for around $300, so you'd have to take it to get painted.. again probably $350-400 anyway.. bringing you to a total of around 700 or 800$

Again, pictures would be helpful, but if it's repairable, that's the way to go.
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:00 AM   #5
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I fully agree with the perds suggestions. now its depend on you.
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Old 08-01-2011, 04:45 PM   #6
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Pictures would be really helpful.
However as a general rule of thumb, if you can catch your fingernail in the scratch it will require either touch-up paint or wet-sanding to repair. If you can't catch your fingernail in it then it has a very high likelihood of being able to be buffed out.
Can you see it now??? i guess my link didn't work. can you see it now?
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:44 PM   #7
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Since it is on the underside I would say you should probably just leave it there. First, it's the bottom, no matter how careful you are you are going to drag it here or there on a steep driveway, parking stop, or just hitting crap on the road and damage it again. Second, since it IS on the underside it is relatively difficult for people to see unless they are under the car.

However with that said, if you still feel it's necessary to fix you could try claying the marks, a lot of that looks like abraded scratches which come from frictional contact rough objects. Claying will sometimes make those a lot less noticeable. If that doesn't work you could try wetsanding the marks down and then polishing to make them less noticeable.
Those are deep enough though that if you want it to be flawless then you are going to have to take it to a body shop and have them re-spray it.
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:55 PM   #8
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Yeah, underside of the bumper is almost not noticeable to anyone. You're better off just wetsanding there yourself to save yourself some cash. Nobody's going to look there unless you try to sell the car, and repairing that will cost you some $$. It will only happen again anyway. I say don't worry too much about it.

If you're inclined on repairing it, my first suggestion still stands. Those scratches in the bumper can be repaired with plastic filler like bondo, and repainted.
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Just for your reference, I have had to replace my bumper which is why I happen to know the costs. However, the replacement was not because of some minor cosmetic damage like that.

I hit a raccoon at ~100km/hr and it left a raccoon sized hole in my bumper. That was a pretty good reason to have it replaced... although I was still trying to figure out if I could pull some bondo magic... I decided that it was impossible though
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wow. save the money and that doesnt warrant you shelling out $$$ to fix it
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:54 PM   #11
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OP: i had a lol on this one - i scratched my car right there the day i took it home from the dealer; its not visible unless under the car and wont affect anything with the car or paint (unless you're continually scuffing that area).

brush on a lil clearcoat if you're worried or put some vinyl there to absorb some scuff down the road. it's bound to happen (especially with the high curbs in hawaii) - by the way, re: your SN, you in hawaii?
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Old 08-01-2011, 08:02 PM   #12
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OP: i had a lol on this one - i scratched my car right there the day i took it home from the dealer; its not visible unless under the car and wont affect anything with the car or paint (unless you're continually scuffing that area).

brush on a lil clearcoat if you're worried or put some vinyl there to absorb some scuff down the road. it's bound to happen (especially with the high curbs in hawaii) - by the way, re: your SN, you in hawaii?
yeah im about to get out the military soon and going back to the island of kauai and then 6 months later going to school on your island of oahu
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Old 08-01-2011, 08:15 PM   #13
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what kinda sandpaper should i use?
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