About Plastic Bumper Covers

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About Plastic Bumper Covers
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Auto designers today manufacture plastic bumper covers as a guard to shield the bumper from everyday wear and tear. Plastic bumper covers can be painted and decorated to go with the present colour design of just about any motor vehicle. However, the majority of automobile owners would rather have a bumper that is custom fitted to their vehicle. Using a custom fitted bumper will ensure that bumper will fit the vehicle's bumper precisely and securely.

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Features

Plastic bumper covers consist of a plastic cover positioned above a strong bar support. The bar support consists of a fibreglass compound, plastic, steel or aluminium.

Benefits

Some consider plastic bumper covers to be a superfluous accessory. However, they provide supplementary protection as they guard the vehicle's bumper from crashes. Plastic bumpers are also capable of keeping the headlights and back lights from incurring damage. They protect other areas of the vehicle such as the fender, exhaust and cooling system, and the hood. Damage to these areas can be very costly to fix.

Types

In the automotive business, there are four kinds of plastic. There is the TPO, which looks like sand in large portions. It dissolves quickly with the use of high-speed grinders and feels a lot like wax. The second kind of plastic is thermo-set. Thermo-set plastic can be flexible at times and sometimes inflexible. It does not dissolve with the use of high-speed grinders like TPO. However, thermo-set plastic is easy to repair. The third type of plastic is SMC plastic, which is a sheet moulded compound. You will see this type of plastic on new Corvettes. It looks like fibreglass. Polypropylene plastic is the fourth type. It is used for fenders on dirt bikes and should not be considered for painting or for repairing.

Warning

Bumper covers are not all alike. Automakers use a diversity of designs and methods, but they must comply with the federal requirements intended for car bumper covers. Some plastic bumper cover designs are a drawback to vehicles because they do not safeguard the costly parts on many vehicles from low collision impacts. Many plastic bumper covers on most present-day cars fit very securely onto the body of the vehicle, and they also provide the vehicle with a more trendy look. However, the vehicle is not protected from low-impact crashes.

Considerations

When purchasing a bumper cover for your vehicle, it is important to make sure that it is a bumper cover that will help to keep your car from as much damage as possible. Bumper covers must be able to absorb and take in an adequate amount of space to be able to absorb and handle a crash force prior to reaching the body of the car and injuring the car.

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