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    Need to Replace My Rear Bumper. What Issues?

    Well, after going almost 30 years without any type of accident or ticket, I was rear ended last Sunday. It appears the only damage is a crack across the entire width of my plastic rear bumper. The other guy's insurance company is being very fair (I know I am surprised), but I believe I can do the replacement myself and pocket a few bucks.

    Here are my concerns (one detailing related, and one not so much):
    1) I would be purchasing a "painted to match" rear plastic bumper. Is there any reason to be concerned about the finish on this? Should I worry about orange peel?

    2) For you guys who are more "car guys" than me, if there appears to be no other damage - all the panels still line up, car tracks properly, etc. - Is there any reason to be concerned about damage under the bumper to the absorber components?

    Thanks for any guidance you can provide.

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    Re: Need to Replace My Rear Bumper. What Issues?

    Hey mk9750.

    1, yes paint to match doesn't always match, you will usually have 3+ alternates for 1 paint code. Orange peel is usually not a big deal, unless its a tri coat color.

    2, behind your bumper cover you will usually have an impact absorber ( foam or plastic ) that can be damaged,

    and if it is front wheel drive or independent rear suspension i would think about a 4 wheel alignment.

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    Re: Need to Replace My Rear Bumper. What Issues?

    Strong,

    Very helpful, thank you!

    The insurance estimate included $47.00 for an absorber, so I assume at least they think what's in there is foam. I've been able to find those online for $51.00 - $57.00, so I bet they're right. The plastic one I found as an option is about $125.00. For that amount, I might include one of those when I order the bumper, just so I don't have to do the job twice.

    Car is probably due for an alignment anyway, so getting one done now is a great idea. I'm not feeling any issues, but it never hurts to make sure. And technically, someone else is paying for it, I guess.

    Any opinion on how to prevent the paint match issue?

    Again, thanks much. I do appreciate the help!

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    Re: Need to Replace My Rear Bumper. What Issues?

    Any opinion on how to prevent the paint match issue?

    Again, thanks much. I do appreciate the help![/QUOTE]


    You could buy a primer colored bumper and bring it to a pro paint shop with your color code and that would probably ensure a better color match



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    Re: Need to Replace My Rear Bumper. What Issues?

    Hey mk9750

    The paint match issue is very difficult and i don't have a good answer other than having it blended on the car.

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