Un-flexing the soft plastic in my Vue's front bumper

Discussion in 'Saturn VUE' started by Ed White, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. Ed White

    Ed White Guest

    It was bound to happen - my 16 year old son managed to run into the
    back of another vehicle with my Vue. No significant damage was done,
    but the center of the front bumper (or more correctly the front panel
    above the real bumper and below the hood) now has a "dent." This is a
    soft plastic area and it is not really a dent so much as a deformation.
    The paint is not damaged. I am thinking that I can heat the area with a
    hair drier and restore it to the original contour. WIll this work?

    Ed White, Nov 22, 2005
  2. Ed White

    timbirr Guest

    Probably won't work for you, but here goes. Had a "vertical crease" in
    the front bumper of my Toyota. I sorta squeezed from the top and bottom
    with both and it "popped out."

    You can still see it if you look closely, but mostly invisible.
    timbirr, Nov 22, 2005
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    John G Guest

    Had a similar problem with a new Commodore (Australian)
    Took it to a smash repairer and he removed the part, warmed it and
    pushed it out.
    Put it back with no damage other than the original to the paint.
    I think I paid mostly for the experience that he had to know how hot and
    where to push.
    Much cheaper than a replacement.
    John G, Nov 23, 2005
  4. Ed White

    marx404 Guest

    just a suggestion, but depending on how deep it is pushed in, you may be
    able to remove the front facia and pop the "dent" back out? Im sure someone
    has directions on removing and reinstalling the front bumper facia.

    marx404, Nov 23, 2005
  5. Ed White

    KjunRaven Guest

    i use the big end of a softball bat to pop out bumper dents.
    KjunRaven, Nov 23, 2005
  6. Ed White

    Laz Guest

    which way do you swing the bat ?

    Laz, Nov 23, 2005
  7. Ed White

    John S. Guest

    If you want to be very safe, swing it away from the car. Otherwise:

    Use the bat to take advantage of the inherent springiness of the
    plastic bumper guard. Standing in front of the bumper swing the bat as
    hard as possible directly at the indentation. Go for a home run. While
    the initial impact will severly deform the plastic inward if you strike
    it hard the force should set up a more than equal reaction in the
    opposite direction that will pop the dent right out.
    John S., Nov 23, 2005
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    timbirr Guest

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