Repairing The Body Kit of A 4X4
A body kit is an assortment of external alterations to a vehicle. The kit can comprise side skirts, bumpers, paint jobs, side guards, roof scoops and spoilers. Modifying your 4×4 personalizes your vehicle. All the components complement one another but you can also mix parts from different car models. These kits are made of different materials including fiberglass, polyurethane and carbon fiber. The latter is very expensive and this makes fiberglass and polyurethane more suitable. Your 4×4 is exposed to hazards every time it is one the road therefore you need to know how to repair the body kit. The front and rear bumpers are modified in several 4×4 vehicles. Here are step-by-step instructions to help you repair your modified bumpers.
· Remove your modified bumper. Most of them are attached using rivets, screws or plastic pins. Examine it carefully to determine the exact location of the fasteners. Check the boot if you are removing the rear bumper. You may need some help to remove it because some of them tend to be heavy.
· Clean the bumpers to remove dirt and grease. Liquid soap will be very effective. If there is any grease left on the body kit, use a degreaser. It is important to remove all the grease to reveal the extent of the damage on the vehicle part.
· Use sandpaper to remove paint from the front part of the bumper. Use compressed air to blow off the sanded paint. Check for any holes on the bumper and if you identify some, drill holes on their edges to prevent them from spreading. Use the sandpaper to smoothen the backs of the holes.
· Use bonding adhesive on the back of the holes to seal them. Apply some adhesion promote before using the adhesive. The adhesion promoter should also be used at the front to seal the holes. It should be allowed to dry for about 10 minutes. Once all the holes are dry, use a body filler to fill them in and leave the bumper to dry for a few hours.
· Sand the body kit to get rid of any excess body filler and use an air compressor to remove the dust.
· If your body kit had a textured design, you need a texture spray. Use the spray generously on the bumper. Make sure the can is about 15” away from the bumper when you do this. It is important to move from one end to another to achieve consistency. Your motion should be fluid as you spray the bumper. Once you cover the entire surface, sand the kit and use the texture spray again.
· You need a body kit colour coat once you use the texture spray. This step will only apply if your kit was colored. Find a colour that complements your 4×4. Allow the colour coat to dry and then sand it. This step should be repeated about three times. It is important to note that you do not sand the bumper after the last colour coat. This will give your bumper an amazing glow.