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

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  • Published on:  Thursday, December 29, 2016
  • Color Matched Paint Available Here: http://www.automotivetouchup.com/?A=569

    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: https://amzn.to/2So5p3V
    Tack Cloth: https://amzn.to/2VdgRRS
    Bondo Bumper Repair Kit: https://amzn.to/30ggsnX
    Bondo Spreaders: https://amzn.to/2LAtH8k
    Sandpaper Kit: https://amzn.to/2CBVdPN
    The Random Orbital Sander I Used: https://amzn.to/2V8KpAe

    Check out my 2 1/2 year update to see how the repair has stood up: https://www.ruhot.net/video/Z9lny1uA_To/video.html

    Or if you just need to repair a small bumper dent, check out this video: https://www.ruhot.net/video/1Y9kshx3sRY/video.html
  • Source: https://youtu.be/6dP4WAXqBtc


  • Barry


     5 months ago +249

    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.

  • Michael Ott

    Michael Ott

     an hour ago

    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

     7 hours ago

    Awesome! Good job!

  • M Perongo

    M Perongo

     yesterday +1

    Wanna do mine???

  • Mearyeaurng


     yesterday +1

    Do we have to do that with bare feet?

  • Eddie cabrera

    Eddie cabrera

     2 days ago +3


  • Ricky Woodliff

    Ricky Woodliff

     3 days ago +1

    You did an awesome job!

  • Phil Brazier

    Phil Brazier

     3 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

     3 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

     5 days ago +1

    This is why I need a husband...lol

  • Melvina Gresham

    Melvina Gresham

     6 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...

  • Dragoness Nat

    Dragoness Nat

     7 days ago +1

    Awesome job!

  • Michael Lyon

    Michael Lyon

     7 days ago +2

    Well done! I've done a few minor repairs but I have a bigger one that I want to tackle. Thanks for the video!

  • Jose M Colindres

    Jose M Colindres

     14 days ago +1

    How you matched the colors so well.....?