filling holes in a plastic bumper

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i've searched a fair amount to no avail, i'm wondering what the best way to fill 2 holes in my car's front bumper. the car has obnoxious amber reflectors on it courtesy of the DOT :realmad: leaving a hole on each side that are about 5 1/2" by 1 1/4". i'm told that the bumper is made of thermoplastic olefin but i can't confirm that.



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:58 am
Can you post a picture of the bumper? What kinda vehicle is it?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:13 pm
Thats a big hole. Consider a new aftermarket bumper. Gotta pic?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:56 am
Go to your local Auto body supplier & ask them what that have to offer as far as bumper repair kits.
There's 3M, Lord Fusor & others that offer kits to repair bumpers.It will depend on the size of the hole though
Another thing I've done is if it's a very large hole is find an old bumper made out of the same plastic (this is VERY important) & cut a piece out of it to fill the hole & use one of the bumper kits to fuse it all together.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:03 pm
evercoat has a wide range of products for fixing plastics.
http://www.evercoat.com/maxim/TSRepair/TSRepair.html
http://www.evercoat.com/productCategory.aspx?cat=6


I'd make a sheet of fiberglass squares and use one of their glues to glue it to the panel. then use a filler on the front. maybe even a another piece of fiberglass so you don't have too much body filler.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:40 pm
Guys these are 5 inch plus by 1 inch plus HOLES. If I done anything other than a new bumper it would be thunderbolt's suggestion.
just my 2 cents :mrgreen:
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:44 pm
yeah 5" is pretty **** big



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:38 am
timbo wrote:Guys these are 5 inch plus by 1 inch plus HOLES. If I done anything other than a new bumper it would be thunderbolt's suggestion.
just my 2 cents :mrgreen:

Like I said though, if your going to do this, MAKE sure the two plastics are the same material. I've done this before with bigger holes & haven't had a problem.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:51 am
Or plastic weld a filler piece in made out of the same material.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:17 pm
ding wrote:Or plastic weld a filler piece in made out of the same material.


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