How to fix a bumper scrape

Written by james melzer | 13/05/2017
How to fix a bumper scrape
Save money by repairing a scraped bumper yourself. (race car image by Andrey Kiselev from

A scrape to your vehicle's bumper can mean the difference between your car looking like new or looking like it's years older than it really is. Fortunately, you can repair a scraped bumper in your driveway or garage with the right tools. This procedure not only saves you money, you also won't have to leave your car at the shop and wait for it to be repaired.

Fill a bucket with warm water and car soap. Wash the scraped area thoroughly with a lint-free cloth. Dry with a second, lint-free cloth when finished.

Rub the scraped area with sandpaper until it is smooth. Wash the area again with car soap and water, then dry it with a lint-free cloth.

Create a border around the scraped area with masking tape. Tape down sheets of thick paper to protect the undamaged area of the vehicle from paint.

Spray a light coating of primer over the scraped area in a back-and-forth motion. Let the primer dry. Do this at least three times, and sand away any imperfections between coats with sandpaper.

Spray several light coatings of paint to the scraped area in the same manner used to apply the primer.

Peel away the masking tape. A slight border line may be present around the repaired area. Apply rubbing compound to remove it. Spray a coating of clear coat over the area, and let it dry.


Look in your vehicle's owner's manual to find the correct colour code for the car spray paint you will use.

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  • Look in your vehicle's owner's manual to find the correct colour code for the car spray paint you will use.

Things you need

  • Bucket
  • Warm water
  • Car soap
  • Lint-free cloths
  • 400-grit sandpaper
  • Masking tape
  • Thick paper
  • 1 can of spray primer
  • 1 can of car spray paint
  • Rubbing compound
  • 1 can of spray clear coat

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