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Old 08-08-2017, 02:29 PM   #21
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Of course I meant Deep Polar Ice.
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$300 sounds cheap NOT to have to mess with it yourself. YMMV
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As I reported earlier, I did my front bumper cover about 4 months ago. It cost me $225 for the pre-painted part from Amazon and about an hour of my time to take the old one off and install the new one. No problems, and it looks nice. Would the hassle of not doing it myself have been worth $75? Probably not, but then I like working on my car. REWahoo says they don't have his part, so it's immaterial in any event. I am interested in how it turns out.
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Heavily scratched rear bumper
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Heavily scratched rear bumper

Hi,

I also had a large rock jump out behind my sisters Toyota Yaris while reversing it in Cornwall, UK last month - I was grumpy for a couple of days!

However, I was pleasantly surprised to find a local garage shop that filled the fairly deep scratches and repainted the black plastic bumper perfectly as far as I could detect for around $130.

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As promised, before and after photos.

The repair isn't perfect but it is darned close. You have to get down on your hands and knees and within 12-18 inches of the repair to see some very minor surface imperfections. Those small areas aren't visible in this photo, anything you see is a reflection.

For $295 vs. the $1,500 the body shop wanted, I'm very, very happy.
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Nice repair for sure.
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Nice to see it worked out well.
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I'm not sure. Which one is the "after" photo?
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Looks nice.
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Old 08-12-2017, 02:16 PM   #30
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I'm not sure. Which one is the "after" photo?
The "before" is "before hitting the rock", the "after" is "after hitting the rock". Geez, I though that was obvious!

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Ah, I would just paint over the scratches on the bumper myself with those little bottles of touch-up paints that look like bottles of women's nail polish.

Or I would just let it be.
Me too! Looks perfectly fine to me as it is.
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As promised, before and after photos.

The repair isn't perfect but it is darned close. You have to get down on your hands and knees and within 12-18 inches of the repair to see some very minor surface imperfections. Those small areas aren't visible in this photo, anything you see is a reflection.

For $295 vs. the $1,500 the body shop wanted, I'm very, very happy.
Looks great - good for you!
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Looks extremely good and for under $300 I am sold.
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I'm impressed - especially at the price.
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In the after photo I see a back up sensor. Didn't work?
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Wow. - very nice! Make sure you have your daughter get rid of that rock across the street before your next visit.
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In the after photo I see a back up sensor. Didn't work?
Yes, it worked but not soon enough. I suppose because the rock isn't very tall it didn't go off until it was too late..."Beep! Bam!"
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Wow. - very nice! Make sure you have your daughter get rid of that rock across the street before your next visit.
Funny that you mention it.

There are two rocks, one on each side of their driveway entrance. Each is about 18 inches high and roughly three or four feet in diameter and both have claimed their share of auto damage. As I understand it I am the 5th or 6th victim over the past 10 years - and SIL swears he is getting his tractor out and moving both of them well away from the path of any automobiles.
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That repair looks very nice. I have had experience with these independent contractors that come to your home, or place of business, to make cosmetic repairs to the body and the interior as well. Their primary work is with car dealerships where it is routine for them to stop by once a week to see what work is there for them. I had a 3 corner tear in the headrest material of an SUV I used to own. Had one of these independent repair specialists come to me and for $50 they did a repair that you could not tell there was ever any damage.
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+1 I have a guy down south who massages out dings that is amazing.
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