Chips, Scratches, and Fixing It All

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by BigManSmallPrius, Aug 27, 2015.

  1. BigManSmallPrius

    BigManSmallPrius Junior Member

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    Hey All -

    My wife’s car has accumulated a few dings last winter thanks to a small street without good parking clearance and general terrible Boston winter wear and tear. We’ve moved to a place with a driveway now and I’d love to get this taken care of before winter to avoid risking any further damage.
    • All of the dings are fairly decent, with paint splintering/chipping
    • only one tiny dent (about ¼ the size of an eraser head)
    • and there’s a piece of black plastic/rubber that rungs along the bottom of the bumper that I’d like to reconnect, it’s more of an eye sore than anything.
    Is this stuff I could handle myself with one of the car care guides? Or is it better left to a body shop? I’d appreciate any / all help.

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  2. Lucifer

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    Get a few estimates, from reliable shops, then decide if you want a professional job or just a touch up$$
    Each spot should be 400$, but the bumper may be problematic.
     
  3. bisco

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    see what kind of tips you can google. give it a shot if you're unto it. if you're unhappy with the result, you can always go to a body shoppe. all the best!(y)
     
  4. WFBowen

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    I've been doing bodywork for many decades. The filling and sanding isn't that hard - just remember to use a sanding block to keep the surface level and use a filler made for flexible bumpers. Your main problem will be painting the bumper cover which requires not only matching the factory color/clearcoat, but trying to duplicate the metallic paint pattern - if that part isn't the same, the result will look like a slightly different shade from the rest of the car. As mentioned, give it a try - the worst that can happen is you take it to a shop to either re-do or spray the final coats on (although lots of shops don't like finishing a project someone else started.) Also, when spraying metallics, the small spraycans are almost useless, since you'll need to refinish the entire cover.
    Good luck,
    Bill
     
  5. exstudent

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    Was going to mention some color matched spray can kits I saw from an online autobody parts supplier, but WFBowen's post makes sense.

    I say just live with the damage because:
    1) its a bumper cover: not made of metal, so no rust is possible.
    2) future bumper cover damage is likely from: shopping cart(s), street parking damage, and/or hit-and-run damage.
    3) eye sore is relative; I have seen far worse.
    4) possible someone may hit you and be responsible for repair (hopefully no injuries to you).

    Maybe just get the oversize Band-Aid stickers that people place on their cars where some damage has occurred. These band-aids will cover the right rear corner completely.

    Find a used rear bumper cover, same color, in better shape than yours and install it yourself. Could be way cheaper than getting the current damage repainted, color matched, and clear coated.
     
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  7. WFBowen

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    Since you live in a large metro area, another alternative is to live with your current nicks and keep your eyes open for someone parting out a silver car with front/side damage. If you can source a good, used original rear bumper cover off of the car you'll have (possibly) a part with little or no damage and already painted by the factory to match your car - assuming your's hasn't had a repaint. Then you can Craigslist your old one for a few $.
     
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