'03 Camry Bumper Repair

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Old 28 Apr 2005, 12:24 pm   #1 (permalink)
timbirr@mailcity.com
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Default '03 Camry Bumper Repair

Oh, for the golden days of the standard toyota indestructible black
rubber bumper. Alas, they are gone, replaced by the big plastic
monster....

My son, learning to drive my 5-speed 03, tried to park too close to my
rock garden wall. Wall is fine, Bumper is scratched, not MUCH damage,
just scrapes that reveal the black color beneath the beige of the car.

Three different body shops all told me the same thing. The ONLY repair
is remove the entire bumper, heat it, paint it and put it back on the
car. At a cost ranging from $340 to $400.

Seems to me that there might be a cheaper, easier way that I could do
myself. I was toying with putting bondo and the scratches and then
using the left-over paint I got from a previous repair when a teenage
driver tried to share one lane with me.

Any thoughts?

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Old 28 Apr 2005, 01:29 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On Thu, 28 Apr 2005 10:24:49 -0700, timbir wrote:

> Oh, for the golden days of the standard toyota indestructible black
> rubber bumper. Alas, they are gone, replaced by the big plastic
> monster....
>
> My son, learning to drive my 5-speed 03, tried to park too close to my
> rock garden wall. Wall is fine, Bumper is scratched, not MUCH damage,
> just scrapes that reveal the black color beneath the beige of the car.
>
> Three different body shops all told me the same thing. The ONLY repair
> is remove the entire bumper, heat it, paint it and put it back on the
> car. At a cost ranging from $340 to $400.
>
> Seems to me that there might be a cheaper, easier way that I could do
> myself. I was toying with putting bondo and the scratches and then
> using the left-over paint I got from a previous repair when a teenage
> driver tried to share one lane with me.
>
> Any thoughts?



3M makes some stuff, I can't remember what it is. A good Body Supply shop
can help you there. It's a flexible epoxy just for repairing bumpers. You
blend the components, smooth it on, let it harden then snad, prime and
paint. Just make sure you use a flexible primer made for flexible plastic
pieces, or the paint will crack.

Or, you could just try filling the striations with Duplicolor. Not as nice
a repair, but adequate.
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Old 28 Apr 2005, 06:34 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Unless there's a cheap alternative, as hachiroku suggested, I wouldn't
worry about it. You have to expect some battle scars.

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Old 28 Apr 2005, 10:30 pm   #4 (permalink)
Art
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Personally I think the matching paint bumpers lead to fewer accidents
compared to those black bumpers of years back. Makes the car much more
visible from the back and the rear. I have no evidence to support my
conclusion but if you know anything about how magicians design illusions you
will have an idea of what I am talking about.


<timbirr@mailcity.com> wrote in message
news:1114709089.567209.13060@f14g2000cwb.googlegro ups.com...
> Oh, for the golden days of the standard toyota indestructible black
> rubber bumper. Alas, they are gone, replaced by the big plastic
> monster....
>
> My son, learning to drive my 5-speed 03, tried to park too close to my
> rock garden wall. Wall is fine, Bumper is scratched, not MUCH damage,
> just scrapes that reveal the black color beneath the beige of the car.
>
> Three different body shops all told me the same thing. The ONLY repair
> is remove the entire bumper, heat it, paint it and put it back on the
> car. At a cost ranging from $340 to $400.
>
> Seems to me that there might be a cheaper, easier way that I could do
> myself. I was toying with putting bondo and the scratches and then
> using the left-over paint I got from a previous repair when a teenage
> driver tried to share one lane with me.
>
> Any thoughts?
>



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Old 29 Apr 2005, 06:19 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Get a Kerry bumper sticker!

<timbirr@mailcity.com> wrote in message
news:1114709089.567209.13060@f14g2000cwb.googlegro ups.com...
> Oh, for the golden days of the standard toyota indestructible black
> rubber bumper. Alas, they are gone, replaced by the big plastic
> monster....
>
> My son, learning to drive my 5-speed 03, tried to park too close to my
> rock garden wall. Wall is fine, Bumper is scratched, not MUCH damage,
> just scrapes that reveal the black color beneath the beige of the car.
>
> Three different body shops all told me the same thing. The ONLY repair
> is remove the entire bumper, heat it, paint it and put it back on the
> car. At a cost ranging from $340 to $400.
>
> Seems to me that there might be a cheaper, easier way that I could do
> myself. I was toying with putting bondo and the scratches and then
> using the left-over paint I got from a previous repair when a teenage
> driver tried to share one lane with me.
>
> Any thoughts?
>



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Old 29 Apr 2005, 08:21 pm   #6 (permalink)
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I have an '04 Tundra that I scratched the front bumper in a public
parking garage. I found this site, with info and products that look
promising :

https://www.paintscratch.com/

NOTE: I HAVEN'T TRIED IT YET, SO I CAN'T VOUCH FOR THIS COMPANY OR
THEIR MATERIALS !!

I'm kinda thinking I'll live with the "battle scars" because I park in
this same garage every day <g> ! If you DO try it, let us know if it
works !

HTH

Dean...



timbirr@mailcity.com wrote:
>
> Oh, for the golden days of the standard toyota indestructible black
> rubber bumper. Alas, they are gone, replaced by the big plastic
> monster....
>
> My son, learning to drive my 5-speed 03, tried to park too close to my
> rock garden wall. Wall is fine, Bumper is scratched, not MUCH damage,
> just scrapes that reveal the black color beneath the beige of the car.
>
> Three different body shops all told me the same thing. The ONLY repair
> is remove the entire bumper, heat it, paint it and put it back on the
> car. At a cost ranging from $340 to $400.
>
> Seems to me that there might be a cheaper, easier way that I could do
> myself. I was toying with putting bondo and the scratches and then
> using the left-over paint I got from a previous repair when a teenage
> driver tried to share one lane with me.
>
> Any thoughts?

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Old 30 Apr 2005, 04:03 pm   #7 (permalink)
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On Fri, 29 Apr 2005 21:21:48 -0400, D Larsen
<dmlarsen@bunk.compuserve.com> wrote:

>I have an '04 Tundra that I scratched the front bumper in a public
>parking garage. I found this site, with info and products that look
>promising :
>
>https://www.paintscratch.com/
>
>NOTE: I HAVEN'T TRIED IT YET, SO I CAN'T VOUCH FOR THIS COMPANY OR
>THEIR MATERIALS !!
>
>I'm kinda thinking I'll live with the "battle scars" because I park in
>this same garage every day <g> ! If you DO try it, let us know if it
>works !
>
>HTH
>
>Dean...
>
>
>
>timbirr@mailcity.com wrote:
>>
>> Oh, for the golden days of the standard toyota indestructible black
>> rubber bumper. Alas, they are gone, replaced by the big plastic
>> monster....
>>
>> My son, learning to drive my 5-speed 03, tried to park too close to my
>> rock garden wall. Wall is fine, Bumper is scratched, not MUCH damage,
>> just scrapes that reveal the black color beneath the beige of the car.
>>
>> Three different body shops all told me the same thing. The ONLY repair
>> is remove the entire bumper, heat it, paint it and put it back on the
>> car. At a cost ranging from $340 to $400.
>>
>> Seems to me that there might be a cheaper, easier way that I could do
>> myself. I was toying with putting bondo and the scratches and then
>> using the left-over paint I got from a previous repair when a teenage
>> driver tried to share one lane with me.
>>
>> Any thoughts?


I have tried Paintscratch.com with excellent results to do the same
kind of repair the OP is referring to. Color match after the clearcoat
was applied was dead on. They are a bit pricey but the product was
excellent. Read all the website info and FAQs so you order the right
products if that is the direction you choose.
FWIW
YMMV
DFB




















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Old 30 Apr 2005, 08:46 pm   #8 (permalink)
D Larsen
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Default Re: '03 Camry Bumper Repair

Mr Skippy,

Thanks for the feedback ! It seemed to me that this web site was
reputable, and they certainly have loads of info on this type of repair,
as you noted. It's good to hear someone has used their products with
good results...

Dean...


MisterSkippy wrote:
>
> On Fri, 29 Apr 2005 21:21:48 -0400, D Larsen
> <dmlarsen@bunk.compuserve.com> wrote:
>
> >I have an '04 Tundra that I scratched the front bumper in a public
> >parking garage. I found this site, with info and products that look
> >promising :
> >
> >https://www.paintscratch.com/
> >
> >NOTE: I HAVEN'T TRIED IT YET, SO I CAN'T VOUCH FOR THIS COMPANY OR
> >THEIR MATERIALS !!
> >
> >I'm kinda thinking I'll live with the "battle scars" because I park in
> >this same garage every day <g> ! If you DO try it, let us know if it
> >works !
> >
> >HTH
> >
> >Dean...
> >
> >
> >
> >timbirr@mailcity.com wrote:
> >>
> >> Oh, for the golden days of the standard toyota indestructible black
> >> rubber bumper. Alas, they are gone, replaced by the big plastic
> >> monster....
> >>
> >> My son, learning to drive my 5-speed 03, tried to park too close to my
> >> rock garden wall. Wall is fine, Bumper is scratched, not MUCH damage,
> >> just scrapes that reveal the black color beneath the beige of the car.
> >>
> >> Three different body shops all told me the same thing. The ONLY repair
> >> is remove the entire bumper, heat it, paint it and put it back on the
> >> car. At a cost ranging from $340 to $400.
> >>
> >> Seems to me that there might be a cheaper, easier way that I could do
> >> myself. I was toying with putting bondo and the scratches and then
> >> using the left-over paint I got from a previous repair when a teenage
> >> driver tried to share one lane with me.
> >>
> >> Any thoughts?

>
> I have tried Paintscratch.com with excellent results to do the same
> kind of repair the OP is referring to. Color match after the clearcoat
> was applied was dead on. They are a bit pricey but the product was
> excellent. Read all the website info and FAQs so you order the right
> products if that is the direction you choose.
> FWIW
> YMMV
> DFB

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Old 02 May 2005, 11:31 am   #9 (permalink)
timbirr@mailcity.com
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Actually, I had to have body work done on the car just before the
bumper damage was done. The body shop gave me the left over paint. So,
I have perfectly matching paint.

The problem on the bumper is that :

1) It's plastic

2) The marks are deep, and while I suppose I could paint over them, it
would be better to fill them first and I'm not sure how to proceed to
fill them.

Other than that, I have plenty of paint already.

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