How to fix a plastic broken bumper.
So this past winter my new (to me) truck had some issues with the washer fluid system. So while moving vehicles around to drive my old car and fix my truck, the snowbank my car was parked in jumped out in front of me. Thankfully I was not hurt in this massive accident 😉 , but I did come ou of the situation with a broken bumper.
Gathering tools and making a plan.
I watched a video on YouTube by ChrisFix (oddly enough before I damaged my bumper). I figure this would be an excellent technique to repair my bumper. You can check out his video here. But I figured I would document my own repair, since I am trying to build this site up with some useful articles.
The tools really are simple, I needed a Drill, drill bit, duct tape, and zip ties. If you are going to attempt this type of repair, look for UV resistant zip ties. This way they will hold up to the suns UV rays. I purchased these at Home Depot
Ain’t nothing to it, but to do it.
This truly is a simple repair. Tape the edges of the cracks together, and any broken off pieces temporarily in place. Once you get it all lined up, just start drilling some holes. Choose a bit that is large enough for the zip ties to slide through easily, but not too big that they are too loose.
Keen your holes evenly spaced (trust me it will look better than mine) My trucks bumper was really flimsy, and had a 2.5″ piece completely broken out, so the holes got a little wonky.
I’m no Doctor, but I play on on the Interwebz.
Now that I have some holes in my bumper i used the first two holes and put a single zip tie across them. This held the crack in position for the rest of the repair. To be honest I couldn’t believe how sturdy just this one zip tie helped. Next i got in the best worst position to lay on the ground. Halfway under my truck and started feeding zip ties through the holes. Starting from the back (so the connector is not visible) and stitching the bumper up in an X pattern along the length of the crack.
Once I got to the end I started going around the bottom of my damage below the fog light. this held the piece in very well.
At this point I was at a stand still, I could not go any further as the rest of the inside of the bumper is blocked by the fog light structure. At some point I will remove the bumper cover and finish, but for now I am completely happy. The bumper doesn’t flap in the wind anymore, and it looks like the truck was in a bar fight last night.
So for about $10 I was able to get my bumper not looking as bad as it once was.
I had all the stuff needed for this except the zip ties. Any type of tape will work for this repair as it is temporary.
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