How to Repair a Scuffed or Damaged Car Bumper for less than $100

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  • Published on:  Thursday, December 29, 2016
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    I will take you through all the steps to repair a scuffed or damaged bumper on your car for less than $100. Everything from sanding and repairing the bumper to priming, painting, clear coating and polishing it. I even go through how to remove orange peel which frequently occurs. Check out below for all the individual products I used in this repair.

    I got all the painting supplies from AutomotiveTouchup.
    This link will take you straight to the page to match your car's paint color.

    Some of the other supplies I purchased locally and from Amazon.
    Painters Tape:
    Tack Cloth:
    Bondo Bumper Repair Kit:
    Bondo Spreaders:
    Sandpaper Kit:
    The Random Orbital Sander I Used:

    Check out my 2 1/2 year update to see how the repair has stood up:

    Or if you just need to repair a small bumper dent, check out this video:
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  • Barry


     5 months ago +251

    First off, always use a block when sanding otherwise the sandpaper will cut more material under your fingertips.
    Prep sol is essential before painting. It promotes adhesion by removing oil and grease.
    When you use tack rags, work in one direction. If you work back and forth like he did, the captured dirt will be left behind on the panel. Rotate the tack cloth so the inner surfaces are used too.
    When you squeeze the trigger on the paint can, don’t start painting in the middle of the panel. Always start off the edge and finish off the other edge.
    Mask those areas you don’t wish to paint. If you use newspaper, be wary of the small holes found in newspaper. I use butcher block brown paper.
    If you paint the first coat in a horizontal direction, paint the next coat using vertical strokes. On a metallic job, the final coat is known as a fog coat and is not directional.
    Wear a painter’s mask. Cancer is not fun.
    Don’t paint outside.
    Orange peel is caused by too much material applied too quickly.
    The first coat of rubbing compound is coarse. You can also use 1500 grit wet sand.The second and third application of rubbing compound uses a less abrasive compound.

  • Lyndon2020 Yeah

    Lyndon2020 Yeah

     4 hours ago +1

    Looks awesome! Well done

  • Sam Sen

    Sam Sen

     11 hours ago +1

    If she liked it, then the Mission Accomplished. In short, well done.

  • Thomas Heil

    Thomas Heil

     14 hours ago +1

    Looks Good Dude

  • Michael Ott

    Michael Ott

     yesterday +1

    Just leave the scratches in there. Its only plastic. It won't rust.. There's always going to be something happening to the car's exterior.. :--)

  • Olga Shabliy

    Olga Shabliy

     yesterday +1

    Awesome! Good job!

  • M Perongo

    M Perongo

     2 days ago +1

    Wanna do mine???

  • Mearyeaurng


     2 days ago +1

    Do we have to do that with bare feet?

  • Eddie cabrera

    Eddie cabrera

     3 days ago +4


  • Ricky Woodliff

    Ricky Woodliff

     4 days ago +1

    You did an awesome job!

  • Phil Brazier

    Phil Brazier

     4 days ago +1

    I have done some car repairs and did not do bad at all very good

  • J. J. H., II

    J. J. H., II

     5 days ago +1

    The first thing that comes to mind after watching this video, "Paint Mist". I would have covered the back door, down to the bumper. Also I would have included covering the drivers side of the vehicle as well. All things considered, not a bad job for under one hundred dollars. I have two little nicks in the center portion of the back bumper. I was quoted 675.00 for repair and paint. They would remove the bumper, and naturally that increases labor costs.

  • Ky B

    Ky B

     6 days ago +1

    This is why I need a

  • Melvina Gresham

    Melvina Gresham

     7 days ago +1

    Great job



     7 days ago +2

    I personally think you did a awesome job for a beginner and you inspired me it looks great .And Those who had something negative to say tell them their not having to ride in it if their so worried about what you did or didn’t. Do right with the repair.

  • MattinMalaga


     7 days ago +4

    I'm a clueless newbie spooked at the thought of 'sandpapering' my car but after watching this I'm going to give it a go, great, easy to follow instructions without any technical jargon, awesome job, hope mine turns out as good!!

  • Ngoc Long

    Ngoc Long

     7 days ago +2

    Wow, amazing knowledge & experience, thank you

  • Aaron pittenger

    Aaron pittenger

     7 days ago +1

    Nice job ! 👍🇺🇸



     7 days ago +3

    GOOD JOB no mistakes just skills.. you used your brain i wish there more people like this..

  • Lupus288


     7 days ago +1

    Great vid, thanks. WHen You say that you made few mistakes, name them, so we don't make them following your video...