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Old June 6th, 2012, 03:04 AM   #1
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Repairing front Bumper Damage

Repairing two areas of damage on my front bumper. Did all the repairs in one night.


Front crack before


Tamiya masking tape and 3m masking tape


I "poured" 3m Automix bumper repair epoxy


Excess removed with straight razor


Bondo glazing putty SUCKS,even after 30 minutes it was not fully cured. Had to use some old tamiya putty I had from several years ago.


Sanded it down and it was 100% smooth and flush


Base coat


Clear coat


Unfortunately I was in a bit of a rush, so you can see that some of the areas with spot putty shrunk more than the rest of the body filler. You can also see just how much overspray I need to get rid off.


Removed most of the excess paint with rotary buffer, but for the paint near the repair I will give the paint 1 week to set up before buffing it flat.



Side crack Before


Tamiya masking tape to avoid excess crazy glue from getting on the painted surface ( didn't work that well :/)


Crazy glue was "squeezed into the crack" to give me a temporary bond.There is a lot of excess in this picture but most of it was removed with a wire brush on a power drill


JB Weld was mixed and allowed to dry over crack (holy crap regular JB weld takes 3-4 hours just to setup !). After that setup I used JB weld moldable epoxy (the stuff in the tube) And along with an aluminum rod I cut to length was glued to the inner bumper to stop it from flexing.


Will take some after pictures next time I do a full detail
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Old June 6th, 2012, 05:20 PM   #2
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nice! both my bumpers need repairing :\ not sure if i should just find replacements...
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Old June 6th, 2012, 06:31 PM   #3
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Nice work Richard, most people would have just replaced that bumper because they're normally "one-time use only," but you've done well to repair it.
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Wow, in one night!? It would definitely take me more than that. Plus, I am too afraid to see if I can blend the new base + clearcoat section into my affected area in a quality level.

(The use of TAMIYA products is also interesting. I had a impression of their stuff is for R.C.Cars & Plastic Model Figures in particular, but I see why not.)

Especially after seeing your 9th pic, this makes me wanna try mine once again, b/c I failed once.

Good job, and thanks for the thread.
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Nice work Richard, most people would have just replaced that bumper because they're normally "one-time use only," but you've done well to repair it.
Yeah I would have loved to just get another bumper, but it would have been $300-500 to have a new one repainted/then modified to install the Saber Grill.

If you cut a hole and slap the Saber grill on it stick out pretty badly and then you still need to mount it. To solve this flexible body filler was used for the front, and then brackets were fiberglassed onto the back of the bumper to allow using the original Saber Grill mounting bolts.

Most of the fiberglass mounts were broken when the person backed up into my car. I ended up using JB weld, self tapping screws and then Gorilla Glue tape on the rear to help mount it back on. Its not as fancy but it gets the job done.
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