How to Replace a Rear Bumper Cover

Below guide will teach you How to Replace a Rear Bumper Cover. Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Bumper Cover
  • Sealant
  • Polisher
  • Scraper Blade
  • Trim Panel Removal Tool
  • Spray Gun
  • Spray Bottle
  • Socket and Ratchet Set
  • File Set
  • Clip Remover
  • Screwdriver
  • 3/8 in. Drive Ratchet

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $515.19 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $1,161.27 parts and labor

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Follow the instructions:

  • First of all, you need to detach the bumper cover from the vehicle. You may require a door trim panel tool for clips or screwdriver for screws to get the cover separated from the vehicle.
  • Always choose a bumper cover that is pre-primed because that primer is stronger against the corrosion and show more adhesive power. If you are repairing the old cover follow the steps.
  • Take a clean cloth and wipe off all the dirt, dust and grease from the cover.
  • First, use a basecoat of paint and then a thin coat of paint on the cover and leave it to dry.
  • Once the paint is dry, look for any dirt or dust stuck in the paint.
  • Use razor blade for large dust particles.
  • Take a pray bottle filled with soapy water. Spray on the area where dust particles are stuck in the paint job.
  • Take 1500 grit sandpaper soaked in soapy water and use it to sand the area in circular motion.
  • Next, take the 2000 grit sandpaper and repeat the same process.
  • After sanding the surface, take a solution of alcohol and water and wipe the surface with this solution.
  • Apply compound polish to eliminate the swirl marks caused by sanding.
  • Now your cover is ready and you can install it back on your vehicle by reversing the entire process.

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