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Cracks on bumper cover, repairable or replace cover? by CoolBlue87GT
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Cracks are in the circled area. Repairable or replace cover? Advice needed. Thanks

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repairable with no problem!
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Looks like just cracks in the paint - I agree either way, easily repairable.
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I think it should be repairable but no guarantees. Yes, the paint is cracked and hopefully that's all but in some cases I have seen bumper covers stripped down and repainted and then some of the cracks reappeared. What ended up happening was the surface of the cover was stretched so far that the surface cracked but did not crack all the way through. When the paint was stripped the cracks were not repaired....and the new paint applied over those cracks then showed those cracks later. The best solution I've seen was sending the covers out for stripping by Keystone Automotive. I have not had a cover that was repaired by them have the cracking reappear. I don't know if it is the method they use or if they inspect the covers for damage ( and repair ) that well but I've been thrilled with the results of having a cover stripped and sent back to me in primer and ready to paint. That plus with no paint on the cover you are painting a cover as close to new as you can get.

So yes, it should be able to be fixed.....if done right.

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repairable with no problem!


 
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Originally posted by animal:

Looks like just cracks in the paint - I agree either way, easily repairable.


 
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I think it should be repairable but no guarantees. Yes, the paint is cracked and hopefully that's all but in some cases I have seen bumper covers stripped down and repainted and then some of the cracks reappeared. What ended up happening was the surface of the cover was stretched so far that the surface cracked but did not crack all the way through. When the paint was stripped the cracks were not repaired....and the new paint applied over those cracks then showed those cracks later. The best solution I've seen was sending the covers out for stripping by Keystone Automotive. I have not had a cover that was repaired by them have the cracking reappear. I don't know if it is the method they use or if they inspect the covers for damage ( and repair ) that well but I've been thrilled with the results of having a cover stripped and sent back to me in primer and ready to paint. That plus with no paint on the cover you are painting a cover as close to new as you can get.

So yes, it should be able to be fixed.....if done right.

Mark the paint guy


Thanks for replies, this is on the TDI Fiero, was told it was painted by MACCO, they did a horrible job. There are area's that look like very little prep work was ever done,

Can't wait to send the car to my painter for a panel off repainting. He did a great job with my other car.
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Stick with the paint shop that did you Formula. That shop did an amazing job, plus
took care of you. No many shops do quality work and care about the customers special
or antique automobiles.

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Originally posted by Firefox:

I think it should be repairable but no guarantees. Yes, the paint is cracked and hopefully that's all but in some cases I have seen bumper covers stripped down and repainted and then some of the cracks reappeared. What ended up happening was the surface of the cover was stretched so far that the surface cracked but did not crack all the way through. When the paint was stripped the cracks were not repaired....and the new paint applied over those cracks then showed those cracks later. The best solution I've seen was sending the covers out for stripping by Keystone Automotive. I have not had a cover that was repaired by them have the cracking reappear. I don't know if it is the method they use or if they inspect the covers for damage ( and repair ) that well but I've been thrilled with the results of having a cover stripped and sent back to me in primer and ready to paint. That plus with no paint on the cover you are painting a cover as close to new as you can get.

So yes, it should be able to be fixed.....if done right.

Mark the paint guy


Mark, Ive dealt with Keystone for many years. I think the secret is they use waterborne latex primer. I know the parts I get specificly say to 'sand lightly or scuff' but not to go thru the primer.

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Originally posted by Firefox:

I think it should be repairable but no guarantees. Yes, the paint is cracked and hopefully that's all but in some cases I have seen bumper covers stripped down and repainted and then some of the cracks reappeared. What ended up happening was the surface of the cover was stretched so far that the surface cracked but did not crack all the way through. When the paint was stripped the cracks were not repaired....and the new paint applied over those cracks then showed those cracks later. The best solution I've seen was sending the covers out for stripping by Keystone Automotive. I have not had a cover that was repaired by them have the cracking reappear. I don't know if it is the method they use or if they inspect the covers for damage ( and repair ) that well but I've been thrilled with the results of having a cover stripped and sent back to me in primer and ready to paint. That plus with no paint on the cover you are painting a cover as close to new as you can get.

So yes, it should be able to be fixed.....if done right.


What does Keystone charge for this service?

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Report this Post08-10-2013 10:38 PM Click Here to See the Profile for FirefoxSend a Private Message to FirefoxEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
The last time I had covers done I was quoted about $225 for each cover. I set up a business account with them so I did get a cheaper price so if you know someone in the body business they should be able to get it done for a bit less than that quote unless there is a lot of damage to repair. But.....it is well worth the cost. Hand and power sanding will not give you the same results and as I mentioned when it's done right you end up with as close to a new cover as you can get.

I highly recommend it. I will never hand sand a complete cover again as the time it takes to hand sand is more expensive than Keystone in time alone.....

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