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    Last night a neighbour reversed his borrowed car with a tow-bar into my front bumper. I now have a neat golfball-sized circular impression next to my numberplate which catches the eye nicely. Does anyone have any suggestions for sorting this that does not involve replacing the bumper?

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    take the bumper of and heat with gently heat with a heat gun and push the dent out from behind. because the bumper is plastic it has "memory" so when heated it will go back.

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    That's gleaming mate, thank you. I need to swap indicator bulbs over so I could do that at the same time if taking the bumper off. Would a hair dryer be hot enough?

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    No m8 needs to be higher heat. just becarefull not heat to much ie start to crinkel the paint. as said just a gentle even heat over the dent.

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    I had the same, A decent powered hair dryer on the hottest setting just about succeeded,

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    I also have done this, and it is a balancing act between enough heat and too much., probably because I used a paint gun, which can get much hotter.
    The bumper is big when removed and it is easy to bash it on things.
    The safest thing to place it on is probably short grass, with a sandbag (and sheets of newspaper) to match the outside shape.
    A piece of wood, which has been shaped to match the same place of the bumper, can be applied inside and held on whilst the plastic cools.
    My attempts on a rear bumper did not succeed 100%, mostly because it was the 90 degree bends one side of the number place recess, so I still had to use filler and paint.
    Good luck with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gubmint Agent View Post
    Does anyone have any suggestions for sorting this that does not involve replacing the bumper?
    Why not just let his insurance company sort it out, or get him to pay for the repair out of his own pocket - even if it means replacing the bumper?

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    I have a similar issue - Can we not heat it from the back with bumper off for added safety?

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