Front Bumper: Acrylic Crack Protection

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  1. kepani

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    Hello!

    I'm new to the forums and this is my first post! (y)

    I don't have a Prius Prime, but it's only a matter of time. I'm excited about the prospect of getting one soon. In the meantime, I am doing some research beforehand to be prepared during the path of ownership.

    The question I have is how crack prone is the acrylic piece on the front bumper? Are many of you here experiencing cracks and how bad are they really? What have you done to protect the acrylic piece?

    Notes:
    • I'm researching clear protection film and I notice that none of the pre-cut kits have film applied to the acrylic piece. I presume the film either does not adhere well to the acrylic? Or maybe it just doesn't look aesthetically pleasing?
    • I saw this earlier post (2017 Prius Prime Front Left/Right Bumper Removal | PriusChat) and that is so very useful. However, I find that an expensive exercise to undergo if/when the acrylic parts crack!
    Thanks for reading. I hope to find some great information here about this topic as well as for other topics in the future.

    Jay
     
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    I was thinking spray it with plasti-dip. Multiple layers, maybe matte-black. Just speculation though, no personal experience. Too, even if it takes a hit that cracks it, it won't show, and a little fresh plasti-dip, good as new. FIY, plasti-dip can be pealed off later.

    Is it relatively easy to separate that acrylic piece, to facilitate spraying without masking? Or no? FWIW overspray can be removed, it's not as tenacious as paint.

    I'm on my best behaviour btw, won't say what I really think of these sorry works of fragile artwork masquerading as bumpers these days. Oops...
     
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    I haven't had a crack, I did put some paint protection film on mine, but I don't think that'll stop a crack, it will reduce the chance of rock chips though...
     
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    I like the @Mendel Leisk's idea of using plastidip. There was another thread here in which a guy was going to use the plastidip to repair his cracked acrylic piece, but we never heard the final report.

    Now, as far as doing that as a preventive measure, I don't know anything about the durability of the paint. It is good that it can be peeled off easily if need to be.

    Oh, AFAIK, the clear acrylic piece (indicated by red arrow in the diagram) can be separated, but to do so would likely to require taking off entire grille sub-assembly piece (parts labeled "53101" in the diagram). And if you are replacing the acrylic piece, you have to purchase entire sub-assembly (MSRP $550 and ~$380 online price + shipping + tax).

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    Many have used plastidip on wheels. It seems to last 2 to 3 years before needing reapplication.

    Another option instead of the clear film is a colored vinyl one. I used black with carbon fiber texture to cover up the chrome bits and grill block on the Sonic. Like the clear film, it may not prevent an actual crack for an impact, but you won't see it afterwards.;)
     
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    A careless roadrunner in Texas cracked mine back in May. I was doing about 70 mph when it flew across my path. It was a pretty big thud. Blood & feathers everywhere!! The crack is very hard to see, so I have not bothered doing anything about it since there are other blemishes more obvious and an unscathed car is more of a source of unnecessary stress than it's worth.
     
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    There has got to be a Wile E Coyote joke in there somewhere.
     
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    Perhaps Toyota has those acrylic grills made by Acme. :D Or not, since it did kill the roadrunner. At least I assume it could not have survived.
     
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    I've thought ACME, Amazon, hmm, more than once...
     
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    This is it?

    Grille Assembly part number: 53101-47041

    Seems to run around $375 US.
     
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    Seems to be,

    Looks like my link is going to the Rav4.
     
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    They don't sell just the acrylic part which is indicated by the red arrow in my comment #4. If they do at less price, I may consider replacing mine.
     
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    The Plasti Dip idea sound great aside from disassembling the front bumper cover! :)
     
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    Did you use the 3M film or equivalent?
     
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    You could mask. Again, the plasti-dip is more benign than paint. But still, I would mask thoroughly.
     
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    Yep, that was me. Haven't reported back because life got in the way so severely (the tales I could tell right now would make for a tragic blues song) that I haven't had a chance to do anything about it yet! I do plan to hit it with Plastidip as soon as I can. As was mentioned, Plastidip is easy and completely reversible. Good solution. The only thing to watch out for is that you can't cover the front logo, since that's where the radar is.
     
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