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Old 07-23-2012, 05:20 AM
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Scratched rear bumper, repaint or replace?

Hi I have a silver 2012 altima. Yesterday the rear bumper was scratched by another car in the parking lot, and the scratch is quite observable...never had this kind of problem before, and I'm not sure how much it is going to cost to repaint the bumper or to replace it. Shall I go to a body shop to repaint it, or find a replacement bumper in this case? Any suggestions will be highly appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 07-23-2012, 06:19 AM
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would help if you had pix

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Old 07-23-2012, 10:53 AM
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I would just repair it. I just had my rear bumper repaired from my wife backing into a wall, closing the garage door on the bumper and hitting a stucco pillar on the right side of our garage while backing out damaging the side bumper and the right rear splash guard. It costs $300 bucks to repair and it looks 99% like new.


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+1 on repair.. unless you are able to find a OEM bumper for cheap.. almost all the aftermarket bumpers that I have seen have some fitment issues.. Bumpers are just that.. it takes bumps.. it used to drives me nuts if I see scratches or dings on the bumpers.. but thanks to Nissan's soft paint and 10+ scratchs/small dings later.. now i'm immune to them..



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Try clean it. I mean some scratches aren't real. Could be paint rubbed on and just needs a good car wash and elbow grease. My moms boss had a few black scratches from another car so I tried using my nails to remove it off and it looks like new lol! But it would be very helpful with some pictures at different angles.
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A bumper is either repairable or it's not
Have a shop look at it.
I am betting it's repairable.
The nice thing about bumpers is that they are painted off the car, meaning they don't have to blend it with the adjacent panels, meaning a cheaper bill.

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Thanks everyone for the input. One thing to clearify is that the part scratched is the bumper cover not the bumper, and there is no deformation. Attached is a picture I took earlier today. How much do you think it is going to cost to repair it? If they repaint the bumper, will they just paint the scratched area or the whole cover? Thanks!


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They could prolly just spot paint it since your car is so new. I'de guess $100-$150.

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Do the above but I think it is better to take it off and spot paint it. much easier and it dries better. Try put painters tape around it and use it as a guide to fill those holes.
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I would try to touch it up with OEM Nissan touch up paint, I would have it professionally done. (I had mines professionally touched up for free from a Nissan Dealership Autobody). I think its because my car has the pearl white, they can't spot paint it. Silver might be different.
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I've got the same issue, front bumper. Just a little scuff where the guy backed into me. He got out, had a look, got back in and drove off while my wife and I and a witness were walking up to my alti. We think he'd been drinking on the beach earlier so there's his excuse to buggar off--fear of being caught. I've made it a police and insurance issue - hit and run - because of his cowardice. Unfortunately the car isn't registered to him (maybe his wife) so he'll probably get away with it and it'll be on her record instead. Anyway, I'll get my bumper repaired...

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I would try to touch it up with OEM Nissan touch up paint, I would have it professionally done. (I had mines professionally touched up for free from a Nissan Dealership Autobody). I think its because my car has the pearl white, they can't spot paint it. Silver might be different.
Silver is hard to paint up as well. OEM paint is just like the touchup paint you get at any auto part store. Its not OEM but the color is darker than OEM paint. Professional auto repair shops would say it all depends how much paint and thinner was added and how close they sprayed the paint at the time.
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:45 PM
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Body Shop

I would take it to a body shop. Do not attempt to fixed this your self watching a youtube video. You could make things worse. Just take the car to a reputable body shop.

Maybe your insurance company can recommend a good body shop. Good Luck
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Actually by looking at it carefully again I would try touch up paint as a temporary fix until you want to repaint that rear bumper. If you are going to keep it then it is prone to scratch again from something else.
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