To protect the vehicle’s structure, bumpers are designed and placed at the rear of the vehicle. As a result, the bumper is frequently the first part of the vehicle to absorb any impact in a collision. To return these crucial parts to their pre-accident condition, a certified professional that is properly trained in plastic bumper repair can be of assistance. When the bumper experiences damage, a team of experts will assess the condition of the bumper, looking for signs of scratches, scrapes, dents, or indentations where the bumper is then repaired and reconditioned to repair these unsightly blemishes. More commonly damaged on a vehicle, bumper covers that are especially needed along with the array of parts can be repaired. Once the bumper is repaired, the technician can blend the appended paint more efficiently and accurately. Today, we at Top Notch Auto Body & Mechanics would like to further expound on bumper repairs.
Plastic Bumper Crack, Scratch, Dent & Hole Repair
Professionals have the skills and precision to repair bumpers, whether they are comprised of rigid plastic or semi-rigid plastic. Depending on the vehicle, a plastic bumper repair can be reliably carried out whether it’s a thermoplastic or thermoset bumper as well.
Thermoplastic Bumper Repair – Thermoplastics are created by melting many small plastic pellets where they are then injected into a plastic mold that forms the vehicle’s bumper. The bumper is then released from the mold after the mold is cooled, resulting in a freshly manufactured bumper. Most plastic bumper covers tend to be thermoplastic because thermoplastics are so flexible, easy to reuse and recycle, and cost-effective.
Thermoset Bumper Repair – Where the crosslinking is permanent with both molds, the bumpers derived of semi-rigid, or thermoset plastics, are developed from semi-rigid, or thermoset, by injecting two different polymer materials together. Though it does require formal training to properly repair, the semi-rigid, or thermoset plastic bumper are typically more durable.
DIY Bumper Repair Kit VS Hiring an Auto Body Shop
Though there are kits and “how to” guides readily available for those who want to repair their bumpers, it is in your better interest to let a professional take care of this problem. To make sure the repairs are done correctly, expertise and the proper tools are essential. Investing in the tools, paint, and other products needed is more expensive than you might think, and without formal training on the process, the bumper repair will not be done with efficiency and quality.
Have Bumper Checked After Car Accident
It is so important to have your bumpers checked after even a minor accident if there is even a small chance damage was inflicted on the bumper as they play a critical role for your vehicle. It is simple to know that it needs to be fixed should the bumper have a major dent and/or is hanging off the car. Also, you still need to have your bumpers checked out to make sure its integrity is intact, especially if there is not any visible damage. You could have catastrophic or fatal consequences if you have another accident in the event the damaged bumper has become misaligned, a bolt sheared, or something else seemingly minor occurred.