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    Hi guys,
    A quick question...

    I've aquired a cheap front SRI bumper from a breakers.
    The bumper has slight damage in the fact it has had a small impact. It has do paint damage or dents, but where the impact bar is behind it, it has made an indent on the bumper (pushed it farward in the shape of the impact bar)

    So instead in inward dents, it has slight outward dents.
    Can this be fixed at the paint shop? or is it as good as scrap?

    What would the paintshop do? do they sand it back down level? It's only slightly pushed farward.. just enough to see a change in reflection when it's polished...

    Thanks
    Dan

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    i've got exactly the same thing when someone in a utility truck decided to reverse into my car whilst it was parked. i had vauxhall take a look aswell as a chipsaway bloke. the bodyshop said that they would sand it down and spray it back up but there isn't much to work with. the chipsaway guy said that he could try heating it up and hopefully it would take its original form but couldn't guarantee that it would stay that way.

    in the end, i gave the guy who hit my car the estimate from chipsaway and used the 150 quid to get my alloys refurbed. if it's as inconspicuous as what you make it out to be then i wouldn't bother trying to fix it.

    got any pics?

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    If you have enough plastic left you can file it back, or you could use some GRP to repair it.

    Easiest way if you're not too hot with that sort of thing, is to get some body filler or simular and past it on the back, behind the damage before you rub it down. That way, if the damage it greater than the depth of the bumper, then you'll still have matirial to paint.

    I would use some fiber glass bridging body filler, or...

    body filler,
    a piece of alliminium mesh,
    then a bit more body filler.

    lots of ways to do it, so it's definatly repairable.

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    Ah good stuff, thanks for letting me know.

    It's just that I want it respraying anyway because it looks a little run down, but didn't want to get it painted if it's still going to look damaged.

    The impression is not as big as the depth of the bumper, so if it's filed down, then it won't make a hole, so thats good.

    Thanks.
    Off to the paintshop this week then.

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    if it's, as you say, sticking out rather than a dent, then a DIY paint heat gun will warm it enough for you to push it back in, but it may crack the paint, so go careful..

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