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Bumper Dent Repair

Plastic bumper repairs for
minor dents, which falls below most people's Insurance excess.

In most cases, the best way to mend dents on the corners of plastic moldings it to remove the bumper, push the dent out and then repaint.

Midi-Repairs for Bumper Dents

A quick look at our list of services will tell you that we remove dents, you'll also see that we repair scuffs and scratches on the corners of bumpers. While these methods of repair can be successful on dented bumpers, it's more usual that the best method is a Midi-Repair.

The bumper is removed from the car, the damaged area is heated up from both sides and he dent it massaged out. The area is skimmed with a flexible filler to repair any imperfection and then the bumper is repainted.

The repair is fully guaranteed for three years and because the bumper is repaired rather than replaced, it usually works out far cheaper and for many people will work out less that the cost of their insurance excess meaning you can avoid making a claim.

Why Smart Repair is Seldom Successful for Dented Bumpers

cracks caused by a dent on a plastic bumper.
Micro-Fractures in the paint caused when the bumper was dented. These can be virtually invisible when the damage is fresh but will show in time.

Paintless dent removal is wonderful for metal panels, but it doesn't really work on plastic. It can work if the plastic is heated, but it's difficult to get a constant and even heat without removing the bumper. It can also be difficult to get access to the rear of the dent to be able to push it out.

The other problem is that dents on bumpers can cause the paint around them to shatter. This is often hardly noticeable at first but over time these micro fractures can begin to show. Polish and scratch removers just can't fix this.

Filling and repainting the localized area is often more successful especially if the dent is very small, and can be done without the need to remove the bumper. But larger dents often distort the bumper or leave high spots meaning the dents need to be removed... this can be done on the car, but it's difficult, time consuming, and has mixed results. So all things considered, we usually recomend that the bumper is removed and repaired at a bodyshop.

You can either have it done through us, or go direct to Kraftwork, either way we suggest you send us a photo through Ask the Experts or call in and let us take a look at your car first.

Midi Repair Fees

Exclusive of the price of the repair:

Arrangement & handling 10%
*Collection/delivery - NewAgain/Kraftwork £19.80
*This fee only applies to Repairs under the value of £500

Have it done through us

If you have multiple areas of damage, we may be able to save you money by doing some of them with Cosmetic or Smart Repairs. Just bring the car to us, we'll take care of it and we'll agree the best options with you and hand it back to you when it's all done.

Go to Kraftwork direct

If you have just one area of damage, you may as well go direct. But do check if it can be smart repaired first by sending us a photo or call in here first, we are only 5.3 miles away from Kraftwork. Contact us for an estimate before you claim on your insurance!

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Photo Tips - Try to get one good close up of any damaged area, and then one shot which clearly shows the location... try and get in the nearest 'landmark' like a wheel arch or headlamp. When taking photos of dents, try taking them from a distance and zooming in. Use the reflection of a wall or fence to help show the dents. If your camera has problem focusing on chips or scratches, stick a piece of tape next to the damaged area and focus in on that, this will also help us get an idea of scale. When sending us photos of wheels, send us examples of the worst of the damage and one full picture of the face of the wheel so we can see what kind of finish it has.

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