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Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - lambada

I got rear ended at very low speed within less than 48hrs of taking delivery of my brand new car. This resulted in some paint being completely removed from a crease on the lower part of the bumper. For various reasons I have decided not to respray the bumper. Bought some touch up paint in a jar and need advice on how to apply it. The affected area is about 3inches across and under 1/4 of an inch high....it's basically a thin line across the bumper, on a crease. I will be cleaning the area with white spirit before doing anything. Do I need to apply a primer? Should I apply the primer/paint/clear coat with a fine brush or a cotton bud? Should I use cutting polish at any stage?

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - jamie745

Unless it's professionally done in an indoor workshop, it'll look rubbish and the paint won't match. I don't know why somebody would cheap out to such an extreme on a brand new car.

If it was a 15 year old Peugeot, fair enough.

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - brum

Plastic bumpers are a pain, its unlikely you'll do a good job. To do the job properly, you'll need to blend a large area, a plastic primer, followed by at least two coats of spray paint followed by top coat, rubbing down between each coat, and cut only after a few days when the top coat is hard.

If you just want to touch up with a brush, clean the area thoroughly with solvent to remove wax, apply paint generously and let the paint dry for a couple of days, then cut it back, blow over with top coat lacquer, leave for a week then cut to polish.

It'll probably look a bodge, a full respray is the only way to get a good finish.

Why not just stick a GB badge or other sticker over it? A couple of strips of hi-vis reflective tape may even look good.

If the cars black, then black tape, only you'll notice it there.

Edited by brum on 27/03/2015 at 22:32

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - lambada

I'm getting the impression that it is best to leave it as it is. Anyway, here's a picture of the damage. The area is longer than 3 inches....more like 6.

imgur.com/XTTjLv1

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - focussed

Step up to the mark and call a decent local Smart repair operator-they can do amazing paint repairs for not a lot of money-don't bodge a new car you've just bought.

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - lambada

I'm not cheaping out. It's just that the quality of body shop work leaves much to be desired around here. I also don't think its worth risking damage to parking sensors and rubber seal around hatch to get rid of a scratch that isn't conspicuous.

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - jamie745

Then your choices are go elsewhere or leave it alone. Car paint is just not something you can fix at home. No matter what you do to it, you'll wish you'd left it alone.

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - alan1302

Then your choices are go elsewhere or leave it alone. Car paint is just not something you can fix at home. No matter what you do to it, you'll wish you'd left it alone.

Depends on your own skills - if you are the sort that dabble with painting model cars then you probably have enough kit and experience to do a good job

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - Avant

I like Brum's idea of hi-vis reflective tape: a strip each side for symmetry and it might even make another rear-ending less likely.

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - brum

How about another photo, this time from a distance at normal height so we can see it in relation to the whole bumper,

Doesn't look as if it would be visible. Live with it, it'll be joined with a few more scratches and scrapes over the years. Plastic doesn't rust.

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - lambada

I'll upload a picture from normal height tomorrow.

I know that it'll only take a couple of months for the scratch to be joined by another one given that its on one of the most vulnerable parts of the car. That's one of the reasons I can't be bothered with a respray. Apart from that I'll risk having a colour mismatch with a respray which will be worse than a TouchUp mismatch. Apart from aesthetics, I want to touch up the scratch to reduce the risk of it growing bigger when I power wash my car.

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - skidpan

The Micra we have had a careless fellow parker scuff the drivers corner of the rear bunker when the car was about 6 months old. It looked a real mess, right down to the black plastic on a silver car. Main dealer wanted to basically repsray the whole rear end and part way down each side at a cost of over £350.

Wife had good experience of a local smart repairer (had a propper workshop) who they used before their lease vehicles were returned so we gave him a shot. He quoted £55 and had the car about 6 hours. On collection it looked perfect and 7 years later the paint is stil a perfect match.

Have a word round workmates etc, one will have had good experience of a similar chap to the one we used.

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - bazza

Hi

As others have said, you'll need a mobile fixer or a shop to make a perfect job of that. Probable cost £100 or so I reckon, maybe a bit more. Is it worth it? Only you can decide! Personally, I wouldn't worry about it, it's a tiny mark which will not rust and not very visible. I have several like that on our fleet! If it's a lease car you might get marked down on return though. I've had success with a fine point nail or art brush - never use the brush supplied,it's far too big. You need a perfectly clean surface and lots of patience, to very gradually dot fill the mark in and build it up to try and match the surrounding paint. With care, a reasonable job can be made which will look acceptable. I remember spending a whole day touching in a similar mark on the bonnet of my Octavia. 3 months later it was totalled in a head on crash. What a waste of time that was!

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - bathtub tom

I did similar damage to a (second hand) car I had just bought.

I obtained some self-adhesive, chrome strip, about quarter an inch wide and stuck that along the length of the bumper. It looked quite discreet and protected the bumper from further damage.

It made the car unique and when I was photographed, stopped in a yellow box junction, I couldn't deny it!

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - Hamsafar

Don't rush, just try and find a good one one man or one man and apprentice band bodyshop who take pride in their work as the buck stops at them. I had a metallic silver rear bumper partly resprayed after backing into a post and it was undetectable. It was by CJ Bull in Nottingham.

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - Wackyracer

I had a metallic silver rear bumper partly resprayed after backing into a post and it was undetectable. It was by CJ Bull in Nottingham.

Yes, It can be done. When I was younger I touched in the paint on my sister metallic silver car using an artists airbrush and it was not possible to see it afterwards.

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - Ordovices

Apparently, unless it is done professionally it will look rubbish, so I guess those that tell you otherwise are lying or happy to put up with rubbish.

I fixed the bumper scuff marks on my green over gold Picnic. Got the paint from a small auto paint specialist who mix it then put it into aerosol cans. My wife wouldn't let me put the car in the conservatory, so I had to do it on the drive on a warm summer morning. Proper prep is the key (true and the pun was intended).

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - jamie745

I fixed the bumper scuff marks on my green over gold Picnic.

Be honest. You couldn't have made that look any worse than when it rolled off the production line anyway.

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - Ordovices

You are of course correct. I have long said that toyota have quality control problems. Their dwindling sales and poor reputation bear this out. They have as much idea of automotive quality as a fruit and veg salesman.

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - Wackyracer

You are of course correct. I have long said that toyota have quality control problems. Their dwindling sales and poor reputation bear this out. They have as much idea of automotive quality as a fruit and veg salesman.

Care to enlighten us further? I'd be very interested to see what the proof of this is.

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - brum

I think the sarcasm went over your head wacky.

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - Ordovices

I was aiming for irony, but I think it was more like manganesey or cobalty. (see periodic table for explanation)

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - Wackyracer

Fully understood Ord.

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - lambada

Here's a picture taken from normal height. The damage is in the bottom left corner of the bumper, above the silencer on the crease above the reflector. Not very visible.

If I decide to touch it up, should I apply a primer? Is it necessary to sand the area before painting or just clean it with some white spirit?

http://i.imgur.com/6ajVrdA.jpg

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - jamie745

Actually lambada I'm coming round to your way of thinking because I wouldn't spend bodyshop money on a Bluemotion Golf either.

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - lambada

I'm perfectly happy with the car jamie. It's light years ahead of the car it replaced.

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - jamie745

Out of curiosity what was your previous car?

Don't get me wrong, I'm only winding you up. It's really not my sort of thing but if you like it then great, hope it does everything you want it to. Personally I like something a bit more interesting and I just couldn't get on with something as slow as that.

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - lambada

Previous car was a 1997 Civic VTi.

The Golf is actually overpowered for where I live. There's a rounabout ever 500 metres here and we have no motorways. I could easily have bought a much more powerful used car with the money I spent on the Golf but I wanted the comfort of a 5-year manufacturer's warranty.

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - brum

It isn't worth spending money on that scratch. Live with it, or stick a "Good driver?" sticker over it.

Worry about it when its time to sell - you may have even forgotten about it by then.

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - Leif
I used touch up paint on two cars with chips in the bonnet. Both times the paint did not match even though I used supposedly model and colour matched paint. Now on my second brand new car, I take the attitude that scratches happen, it isn't worth worrying as it will be joined by more. If it does still annoy you, one of these touch up chaps is surely the way to go. I had a door replaced mny years ago, destroyed by a thief after the stereo, the colour match was perfect, it was a good body shop.
Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - lambada

I'm a bit concerned that more paint will peel off if I powerwash the area without touching up the scratch.

Any - Applying touch up paint to a bumper - brum

Well don't powerwash it! Sponge bucket and hose is the best way to wash any car.

The paint should not peel, if it does, that's a manufacturing fault and would have peeled under a powerwash anyway.

Enjoy life and don't stress about a silly scratch.

 

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