Puncture hole in rear bumper
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    Puncture hole in rear bumper

    So DW was backing the van up and didn't see the trailer off to the side of the driveway and backed into the hitch, which poked a hole.
    No pieces broke off so it looks like it's intact. From the reading we've done, it looks like we can heat the area up with a hair dryer and reach in with a hook-like tool and carefully pull it back out, then maybe cover the area with clear tape. It doesn't feel like we can reach underneath to push it out from the inside. FYI cost of new bumper replacement is $940 (mostly labour). Any advice?
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    Take it off, heat, pull/push to align, use epoxy to glue it in place, sand and paint, it may work or may not.


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    Affix something to the trailer so DW doesn't do it again.

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    Gee, I would be reluctant to Macgyver a fix on a new van.

    Get an opinion from a body shop. They may be able to restore the contour of the bumper, then use body filler to smooth it out, and finally blend paint over the area.

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    Unfortunately it is more than a simple puncture, looks like there are irregular tears extending from the top and bottom of the hole towards the middle of the van, the edges of the puncture are torn at an angle, numerous parallel curving cracks in the paint surface both near and far from the puncture--I think there is some creasing and deformation around the puncture site and may extend a foot from the puncture. It would be possible to heat the parts and bring them sort of together, however due to the deformation and creasing in the surrounding area and the tendency for plastic to return to its deformed state, the edges may turn inward again requiring subsequent/repetitive repairs (and costs). The cracks over time will worsen and most likely will flake off due to the plastic bumper heating up and cooling. Depending on how you'd like the van to appear it may be good to turn to a professional for assistance.

    You may want to consult a body shop (probably get quotes from 2 or 3 different ones) and get their opinion on repairing this vs replacing the rear bumper cover. They should be able to get a non-OEM new or a salvaged OEM bumper cover and be able to paint to match your vehicle. When you are getting quotes, mention that you will be paying cash (more specifically that this will not involve an insurance claim). Here in the US, body shops and windshield shops charge the paying customer far less than what they can charge the insurance companies.

    When I have had windshields replaced (I think the gravel companies are in cahoots with the windshield folks) in the past and told the replacement companies that this was a non-insurance transaction, they essentially gave me a 60% discount. The amount that I paid for each windshield was actually less than my deductible would have been (no, our insurance company does not waive the deductible for windshield replacement)!

    Good luck, hope this helps. Let us know what happens.

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    Is this a 2018? Would be nice to replace and look like new. Check out you tube. Might be easier to replace yourself then you would think.

    Working on my old 2001, front end. Was surprised entire front bumper is just one long piece of "plastic", held in place by a few bolts, and a lot of snap in place "plastic" plugs. ( you can order bags of plastic plugs on Amazon, just be sure to get the correct size ).

    Check out instructions for removing the rear bumper. Again, might be a lot easier than you think.

    Has anyone done this replacement on a new vehicle? Are there any issues with sensors?

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    Easiest solution is to buy a rear bumper cover from a totaled 2018, preferably in the same color.

    Try copartfinder.

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    That’s a replacement all day long. Could try to reshape and back it with a fiberglass patch and fill but I wouldn’t count on that lasting very long. I’d bite the bullet and replace the cover OEM if you can afford it. Rear bumper cover is an easy swap, you’d just need to take a section of the old cover along with the new one to a body shop so they can color match it. Half the time bumper covers don’t match the sheet metal anyway due to different substrates.
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    Go rent exact same Honda buy the extra coverage, remove that bumper and put on the damaged one

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    I would repair the bumper using Bondo if necessary and repaint the entire bumper using spray paint from cans. There is a place that sells matching paint and I used their spray cans to paint a repair of the right rear of our 2002 Sienna. The paint was an EXACT match and no one was able to even tell that the right rear of our Sienna has been smashed in. If you decide to repair your bumper, I'll find the name of the place that sells the primer, paint and clear coat and post a link. Really good paint cans too since the spray is like a fan with no squirts of drops of paint or anything bad.

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    There are bumper repair specialists out there and you can likely locate one of them in your area with a Google search and a few phone calls or by getting a referral from your dealership. Very likely the used car department has bumpers repaired frequently and the cost will likely be 1/3 of a replacement cover. Most of them are very skilled at matching color. Just ask about their repair technique. You don't want a filler like Bondo. It's needs to be done with a material that will flex the same as the original cover because some fillers will not flex the same way the bumper cover will in the event you have a future incident where normally the cover would flex and leave no permanent damage. If it doesn't flex right you will be right back in the same boat needing a repair that you wouldn't otherwise need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pkrface View Post
    There are bumper repair specialists out there and you can likely locate one of them in your area with a Google search and a few phone calls or by getting a referral from your dealership. Very likely the used car department has bumpers repaired frequently and the cost will likely be 1/3 of a replacement cover. Most of them are very skilled at matching color. Just ask about their repair technique. You don't want a filler like Bondo. It's needs to be done with a material that will flex the same as the original cover because some fillers will not flex the same way the bumper cover will in the event you have a future incident where normally the cover would flex and leave no permanent damage. If it doesn't flex right you will be right back in the same boat needing a repair that you wouldn't otherwise need.
    Finding a bumper repair specialist to repair cheaper than a replacement bumper would be ideal. (Unless the original poster is a handy type and enjoys repairing stuff at the cheapest possible cost (like me ... wink)).

    My previous suggestion of repair using Bondo is under the premise that the bumper won't be flexed again as lesson learned plus backup camera should prevent bumping the bumper again.

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    Have you ever looked into repairing bumpers with extreme heat air gun using solvents/cleaners on plastic and selecting the correct plastic rods matching your bumper? They make different levels of plastic rods and you can preheat your bumper and plastic rods together, leveling off plastic rods than sanding it down and put on a sealer, than finally sand bumper down to paint. This method has been proved and you will never have to worry about crack happening again. Unless some backs into a trailer hitch again.
    This procedure can repair a lot of cracked or broken pieces such as fan shrouds, windshield washer tanks, radiators, plastic water tanks, with practice a threaded plastic hole with damaged threads. You are truly doing the repair with the same material rather than a bondo kit that can recrack again and brake off as well in cold temperatures.

    Video to watch:

    Website for materials and a high heat air gun: https://www.polyvance.com/video/nitr...plastic-welder
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novalight View Post
    Go rent exact same Honda buy the extra coverage, remove that bumper and put on the damaged one

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    I second this suggestion...

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    How to repair your bumper:


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