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Old 04-23-2008, 09:47 AM   #1
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Dent in front fascia...can it be fixed?

Hi all. My wife was driving the car the other day and somehow managed to get a sizeable dent in the bottom edge of the front fascia/spoiler. It is rather deep and quite noticeable. I don't know how common a problem this may be, but I was wondering if anyone has experience with fixing something like this short of replacing the entire front end. Any thoughts/advice is appreciated.

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Old 04-23-2008, 10:46 AM   #2
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Is it the plastic bumper cover? Body shops can repair those without having to replace the entire bumper cover. The most expensive part about that is repainting.

If it's small enough, maybe you could get away with doing it yourself with Bondo and touch up paint. I don't know if I'd go that route without some previous experience in that kind of work.

Can you post a picture?
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Old 04-24-2008, 03:19 PM   #3
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If the bumper fascia is moulded out of plastic, try using a quality heat gun. NOT a hair dryer. The heat gun will make the plastic more maleable & you should be able to form it back into shape with minimal effort. You'll of course need to remove the bumper from the car. Trying to reshape it while still mounted to the car will only destroy the paint finish. Heat it from the backside of the repair area and "pop" it out using a rubber mallet
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Old 06-13-2008, 01:46 PM   #4
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Don't Let the Wife Drive It!

Mine broke my roof so now I have to open it manually.

Anyway. Like suggested if the paint is not damaged you should be able to patiently persuade it out. Heat will help.

If its cracked or scraped. You could get into DIY body work but unless you are in for some investment and practice, it cheaper in the end to just let a body shop do it right.

If you want to DIY, its a learning and time consuming process. I went this route and am learning by studying, trial and error. Compressor, paint gun, expensive paint, primer, body filler, glaze,clear coat and catalyzed stuff. But a good route to persue if you have the time and space and want to be able to fix future dents. It's a dusty smelly process and require good tools and materials for good results.

I have repainted the same bumper about 3 times at $80 a quart for PPG paint and $50 for cheap clear coat, plus filler, 2 kinds of primer, sealer, and lots of sanding, lots!

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