A bumper repair should only be carried out by a professional. The structural integrity of this essential safety feature must be maintained to keep the car occupants safe as well as protecting the mechanical components of the vehicle it is on.
Unsightly bumper scuffs and cracks also detract from the aesthetics of your vehicle and can drastically affect the resale value of the car. From a buyer’s perspective, if the car has visible external damage then aside from the cost and hassle involved for them to repair it, the damage suggests that the vehicle may not have been looked after in other respects.
A bumper repair carried out by a mobile smart repair technician involves a minimum of fuss for the owner and is the most cost effective way of keeping your bumper in top condition. Most drivers will, at some stage, have their bumpers damaged either through a minor parking collision or through no fault of their own when someone else drives into them. There are then two main options for the owner:
Car Body Shop
A traditional car body shop is usually the first idea that comes to a car driver after sustaining bumper damage. A phone call to a body shop will usually result in a cold sweat forming on the customer’s brow as the estimate comes in at an average of £300 to £400 for a typical bumper repair. Add to this the two or three days in the workshop which leads to the hassle of finding transportation for that period or the added expense of car hire and the whole event quickly turns into a nightmarish proposition. An independent body shop is always lower priced than a main dealer but only by around 20-25% and the timescales are usually similar.
Mobile Smart Repair
The average bumper repair takes around 3 hours to repair and typically costs around £125. MobileSmartRepair.com can normally offer a same day service and visits the customer at home or at work to carry out the work with the minimum of fuss and at the lowest cost. Modern smart repair techniques mean that our operatives can localise a repair and restrict the work done to the smallest possible area. The result of this way of working is that less time is needed and fewer materials used which always means a lower price and less time taken for every bumper repair.
Armed with that information, which would you choose?
Bumper Repair Process – Step by step
Most scuffs and scrapes can be dealt with using the following process. The specialist techniques and tools used were introduced in the United States of America in the early 1990s and came to the UK around 1995.
- 1. Use a dual action, pneumatic sander to remove the scuff or scrape and feather out the damaged area with the aim of making the repair invisible once the paint is applied.
- 2. Rough mask the area with masking tape and paper to avoid accidental spreading of the damage.
- 3. Apply filler if there are gouges or scratches that necessitate it. Use thin layers of specialised plastic bumper filler to build up to a perfectly contoured finish. Dry each layer thoroughly with a heat gun before applying the next.
- 4. Spray the repair area with a deep fill, high quality primer. The difference between a cheap £2 can of primer and a £15 can of professional product is the difference between a botch job and a professional repair. There are no shortcuts with the priming stage. It is essential to ensure a smooth, blemish free base layer before applying the paint.
- 5. Two coats of primer is usually enough to ensure a smooth finish, each coat being thoroughly dried with a hot air gun.
- 6. MobileSmartRepair.com uses a paint system developed by Standox. The colour is an exact match to the manufacturer’s specification. Two coats of paint are applied, each one being completely dried and hardened. At this stage the bumper repair should be looking almost as new.
- 7. A two coat lacquer is used to return the deep gloss to the bumper. The first coat is a medium wet coat, covering the whole repair area but not too thickly. The first coat is allowed to “tack off” before applying the final deep, fully wet coat.
- 8. Infra red light is then directed at the repair area, from a distance of around three feet for five minutes, and then at around one and a half feet for a further fifteen minutes to fully cure and harden the lacquer. Depending on the weather and the ambient temperature, more or less time is needed. The mobile smart technician is trained to use judgement here.
- 9. The final stage is light polish and buffing to restore the bumper to an as new appearance. It is usually almost impossible for a customer to discern any evidence of a repair and even the professional car dealers can often not see any difference from a new bumper.
From a Fiesta to Lamborghini, Mobile Smart Repair can deal with your bumper damage in a professional manner. If you are in need of a bumper repair please contact us now for a free no obligation quote.