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#1 (permalink) Old 11-27-2011, 02:13 PM
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Rear Bumper Cover Damage Home Repair

So there I was minding my own business making a left turn in a real busy area when I hear, but don't feel, a thump... I looked over towards the rear and saw a guy zipping away to the right from me. I pulled over a few seconds later out of traffic and of course found my left rear bumper plastic cover pushed in at and below the reflector, nothing cracked, but way more than just a simple dent. Happy Turkey Day weekend!
I went by the dealership for the 10K service and asked them to quote me a repair for the bumper. No prob for $500 through their body shop sub... So I had also started looking on line (and here) for fixes, and came across this link
" title="Major Prius Bumper Dent Repair - YouTube" target="_blank">Major Prius Bumper Dent Repair - YouTube
on YouTube for fixing a dented plastic bumper on a Prius by heating with a hair dryer or heat gun and pushing it back into shape. Long story short, it worked great for me with a heat gun (hair dryer didn't help at all) and although not perfect, it's all pushed back into place with a couple of minor paint cracks and peeling.
Fortunately, the affected area was easily accessible behind the bumper, and with the heat applied mostly to the exterior about 6 inches away for 30 seconds at a time, I easily (but gently) pushed by hand (with glove and cloth) from the inside until the original shape was mostly regained.
I'm sorry that I didn't think of snapping a "before" photo (was too eager to get to the repair) but you can see the "after" photos with just a minor small dent that I can certainly live with... My damaged area had a few more "nooks and crannies" than what the Prius had in the video.
Just thought this would be helpful as we enter the slip and slide season if anyone gets unfortunately tagged like I did.


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Nice job!
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Wow! You learn something new everyday.
Thanks for the video.

1 question, those heat gun gets hot really fast, would the paint melt/bubble?
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I did the same. My dent was worse since I backed up into a Nissan Xterra in parking lot. Trying to be courteous to let a older person go first.

The bumper gets really hot. I used leather work gloves. The paint did not bubble. I also had some matching paint in a pen. I put a few drops on my fingers and rubbed them to fill the crakcs in cracked paint.

My repair was ok and my wife preferred that to changing the whole bumper

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I have one in my rear bumper cover passenger side on an '02 my aunt backed into a pole before the car was given to me. I cant get the material hot enough with a hair dryer. nor can i reach it with my hands i have to use a stick, Any suggestions?
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a stick won't do.
You really have to apply a lot of pressure on the softened bumper. I could even see my fingers through the other side as i was pressing the bumper into shape. I also used leather gloves.

A heatgun on low setting is the way to go. They are not expensive.

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I cant get the material hot enough with a hair dryer. nor can i reach it with my hands i have to use a stick, Any suggestions?
Two hair dryers, each on a different circuit, and a helper?

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Our local Ace Hardware rents tools, including heat guns - much less expensive than buying one if needing it for only one use. Other stores and shops may rent tools as well.

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Our local Ace Hardware rents tools, including heat guns - much less expensive than buying one if needing it for only one use. Other stores and shops may rent tools as well.
Thanks to all 3 of you guys/gals, I will defiantly look into how to remove the piece and use a rented heat gun. But my baby is currently in the shop getting an O2 sensor replaced, a check up and brakes done. Once complete ill will start the project.
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