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Old 02-04-2018, 10:56 AM
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Cracked Nose/Front Bumper Cover & Doors

I wish I had pics, but I don't. My question is whether cracks in the nose piece/front bumper cover can be repaired, or whether replacement is usually necessary.

I got hit in a McDonald's parking lot many moons ago and it cracked the nose in the area around the passenger side parking light. The crack is all the way through the material and it left a pretty decent sized gap. I don't know if this something that can be bondo'd & sanded etc. Just looking for input/opinions.

I have a similar question regarding the doors. I opened my drivers side door into one of those steel retaining posts that some stations place around their gas pumps, which caused it to crack/shatter towards the rear of the door. It affected both the inner door shell and the outer door panel, which are apparently two separate pieces. It isn't completely fubar'd, but are there compounds available that can seal the cracks and restore structural integrity.

I'm asking in the event I ever get the car repainted. OEM parts are getting pretty hard to find and I have no idea what kind of aftermarket replacements might be available or how well they would fit.

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Old 02-05-2018, 10:52 AM
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Re: Cracked Nose/Front Bumper Cover & Doors

I'd take the front bumper cover off and get a fiberglass repair kit from 3M. It comes with the fiberglass resin, as well as fiberglass sheets to fix such problems. Pretty easy to use as well. I just recently fixed a hole about the size of a marble in my drivers side door with it. I had to use fiberglass bondo to smooth it out after it was all said and done due to the contour of the door, the hole was a bit recessed after using the repair kit. As long as yours is just a crack, and not a sizeable amount of the bumper cover missing around said crack you should be able to fix that relatively easy with the fiberglass repair kit. Patch it from the inside.
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Re: Cracked Nose/Front Bumper Cover & Doors

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I'd take the front bumper cover off and get a fiberglass repair kit from 3M. It comes with the fiberglass resin, as well as fiberglass sheets to fix such problems. Pretty easy to use as well. I just recently fixed a hole about the size of a marble in my drivers side door with it. I had to use fiberglass bondo to smooth it out after it was all said and done due to the contour of the door, the hole was a bit recessed after using the repair kit. As long as yours is just a crack, and not a sizeable amount of the bumper cover missing around said crack you should be able to fix that relatively easy with the fiberglass repair kit. Patch it from the inside.
Thanks for the input.

I don't believe there is any actual material missing from the bumper cover. It's just cracked in one place around the parking lamp as a result of the impact, and there is some space between the two sides of the crack.

My door is also just cracked, but not really the same type of crack as the bumper cover. For lack of a better description, I would say it's more like a spider web crack in a windshield. Both the outer panel and door shell are cracked.

I've never done any body work and I'm not sure I would try to tackle these repairs myself, and that's assuming I ever do anything at all. OEM bumper covers can still be purchased, as well as door panels. The door shell appears to be no longer available. I'm kinda trying to decide whether to pull the trigger on parts that are still available.

I guess for someone that knows what they are doing, there may be numerous methods available to address each issue.
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Re: Cracked Nose/Front Bumper Cover & Doors

Well - I guess I'm a little confused on the exact issue - but I'll provide what I've seen for insight...

Cracks that look like spider webs with no physical material missing = most likely the paint (or clear coat) itself cracking... I got hit in the rear bumper and it looked OK for months after impact - but over time it developed that feature (spider web cracks) - Problem was lessened by polishing the paint (with specific extra focus in that area) - but the 100% solution is to sand and repaint (sometimes requires blending to other panels)

If there is physical chunks/chips/particles missing - It could be lessened with paint chip applications (Dr Color Chip for example) and some polishing - depending on how much material is missing or broken? But best solution is typically body work here.

You may also try and find a local "Detailer" that is focused on "Paint Correction" and let them have a look at the car - they may be able to get the paint to a happy level as well in case you are not well versed (or have all the tools/polishes required) in detailing

So yeah to 100% solve the issue paint/body work is probably in order - but don't count out the simple/lesser solutions mentioned - they may get you to happy medium to live with the damage
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Re: Cracked Nose/Front Bumper Cover & Doors

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

The composite or fiberglass material of the door is definitely cracked. It's not just the paint. I don't believe there is any missing material on either the door or the front bumper cover/nose. Pics would be helpful to illustrate what I'm talking about, but I don't have any right now.

There isn't really an issue. I was just curious whether things that like can be repaired without actually replacing the part. Front bumper covers can still be purchased, as well as driver side door panels. I'm just trying to figure out whether to buy what I can while I can, or not worry about it knowing that the damage can simply be repaired.
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:48 AM
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Here are a couple pics of the crack in my front bumper cover. Is this repairable damage?
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That can be fixed with a fiberglass repair kit I would think. It's pretty easy to use.
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