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    Rear Bumper Dent

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    Because of construction I am forced to use street parking at work. When I was parallel parking I pulled into a spot where the guy behind me had front license plate screws sticking out about an inch which gave me this beautiful indenture. bumper.jpg

    Contacted paintless dent repair and that is not an option. Does anyone know the process of what they'd have to do at the body shop to repair this? How much should I expect to spend? Advice?

    Just bought my 2007 S4 a couple of weeks ago, and I neglected to buy a bumper bully. Will be ordering one later today...

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    Senior Member Three Rings ven0m's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by NinerZeroSeven View Post
    Contacted paintless dent repair and that is not an option. Does anyone know the process of what they'd have to do at the body shop to repair this? How much should I expect to spend? Advice?
    The paintless dent repair is intended for metal surfaces that can be bent/pulled outwards. The rear bumpers on our cars are ABS plastic. Professional repair on such body parts is done by sanding the paint at the dented area. Melting/soldering the dented plastic and adding new ABS plastic to the area to fill the hole. After that the surface is sanded, straightened and the complete bumper is painted. i don't know the rates in the US, they are mostly more expensive than the EU, so you can probably expect upwards of 500$ for a professional repair.

    Honestly, even if it was a clumsy mistake, I would leave it until you get a bit more used to the car, as you will most likely gather a few more dents/scratches over the first year and you can do a general paint correction later in the day.
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    Established Member Two Rings allroadmark's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ven0m View Post
    The paintless dent repair is intended for metal surfaces that can be bent/pulled outwards. The rear bumpers on our cars are ABS plastic. Professional repair on such body parts is done by sanding the paint at the dented area. Melting/soldering the dented plastic and adding new ABS plastic to the area to fill the hole. After that the surface is sanded, straightened and the complete bumper is painted. i don't know the rates in the US, they are mostly more expensive than the EU, so you can probably expect upwards of 500$ for a professional repair.

    Honestly, even if it was a clumsy mistake, I would leave it until you get a bit more used to the car, as you will most likely gather a few more dents/scratches over the first year and you can do a general paint correction later in the day.
    Are you sure they are ABS, usually a nylon blend (PA) is used for bumper covers. Anyhow yes, that's a sand fill and paint job but You could probably use some heat and massage it out to lessen the visual impact a bit.

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    Or wait for someone who's parting out a silver B7 and swap the rear bumper... keep the valence to match your exhaust.
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    Senior Member Three Rings ven0m's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by allroadmark View Post
    Are you sure they are ABS, usually a nylon blend (PA) is used for bumper covers. Anyhow yes, that's a sand fill and paint job but You could probably use some heat and massage it out to lessen the visual impact a bit.
    Correct PA plastic, my bad!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ven0m View Post
    The paintless dent repair is intended for metal surfaces that can be bent/pulled outwards. The rear bumpers on our cars are ABS plastic. Professional repair on such body parts is done by sanding the paint at the dented area. Melting/soldering the dented plastic and adding new ABS plastic to the area to fill the hole. After that the surface is sanded, straightened and the complete bumper is painted. i don't know the rates in the US, they are mostly more expensive than the EU, so you can probably expect upwards of 500$ for a professional repair.

    Honestly, even if it was a clumsy mistake, I would leave it until you get a bit more used to the car, as you will most likely gather a few more dents/scratches over the first year and you can do a general paint correction later in the day.
    Haven't yet brought it in for a quote but wait until more dents accumulate while I'm in the city for the next year then repair when possible. Thanks for the info



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