Your vehicle's front and rear bumpers get a huge share of nicks and scratches after years of use. After all, they're at the frontlines whenever a car in front or behind you makes a mistake and accidentally hits your vehicle. This is why a bumper protector is a necessary accessory. Aside from the fact that it adds a more customized touch to your car's exterior, it effectively prevents minor dings and scratches from ruining your bumper's paint job. And with all the bills you have to pay, you don't want a scratched bumper in need of a touch-up to add to the list. Fortunately, installing one on your car is easy. Just follow these instructions:
Tools you'll need:
- Microfiber cloth or rag
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Erasable or water-based marker
- Masking or painter's tape
Step 1: Clean the bumper.
It's best to wash your car before starting the installation. Once the bumper is clean and dry, wipe it with a microfiber cloth dipped in isopropyl alcohol. If your bumper protector kit comes with pre-dipped cloths or wipes, use those to clean the bumper's surface. The bumper should be free from dirt, grime, or any residue in order for the protector's adhesive strip to properly stick in place. Depending on your car make and model, you might need to open the trunk first when installing a rear protector.
Step 2: Align the protector.
Whether you're installing a front or rear bumper protector, you need to get the exact position on where to stick the trim. Keep in mind that once the adhesive backing is removed and the protector is placed in position, you might have a hard time in removing and reinstalling it. Start by placing the protector in position without removing the adhesive backing yet. Then temporarily stick it in place with masking tape. Make the necessary adjustments, especially along the curves and edges.
Step 3: Mark the position.
Once you've aligned the bumper protector, mark its exact position with a water-based or an erasable marker.
Step 4: Attach the bumper protector.
Remove the adhesive backing and place the protector in position, making sure that you exactly follow the marks you've drawn in the previous step. Firmly pat the protector with a microfiber cloth as you stick it in place to ensure a smooth and wrinkle-free application.
- Don't use just any cloth or rag when cleaning the bumper. A cotton rag will surely leave lint that can prevent the adhesive strip from properly sticking onto the surface, while an abrasive fabric can scratch the bumper.
- If you're having problems in aligning the bumper, let someone help you as you mark the position of the trim.
- To maximize the protector's adhesive capabilities, do the installation when outside temperature is above 60 F. Keep in mind that in colder temperatures, the protector and its adhesive backing can become stiff, making it harder to install. If you really need to install the protector on a cold day, warm it up first with a hair dryer.