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So, I take it the gods have declared war on my RL. A couple of weeks ago some %#$#! swiped the back of my truck while it was parked at work and scratched up the corner of the bumper on the driver's side. My truck is black and it looks as if a white car cut the corner and just ran right into me.

Then, of all things, I got hit by a mail truck. I was going straight in the far left lane when the driver decided to make a left turn out of the middle lane, right in front of me. No major damage, but now my front bumper is popped out a bit and has white paint marks on it.

So, my question is, can the bumpers be smoothed over and repainted or is it something that will just need to be replaced? In the past, I know a plastic bumper could not really be repaired but I didn't know if the newer ones are more capable of being worked on.
 

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A body shop can indeed repaint them, but if the gouges are deep enough, they'll probably recommend replacing the cover. The part isn't tremendously expensive ($300-400, IIRC) but it will need to be painted to match.

So take it by one or two body shops for estimates.

Chip H.
 

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Yup. It depends on the depth and over all size of the damage.

Can you post a pic or two ?
 

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Check out my thread earlier this year where I was rear ended by a Toyota Tundra (There's a good pic). While the damage looked minor, basically the Tundra's license plate imprint was left on my bumper and a couple holes poked into the bumper by the license plate screws, they replaced/repainted the bumper. Total cost was a little over $1,100 (insurance cost anyway). Her's a link to the thread.

http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=104473&highlight=wrenrj1
 

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K-dog have you ever heard of this company?

I posted this in the other bumper thread....

Just curious if anyone has used them?

Supposedly OEM painted?

http://www.paintedautomotiveparts.c...cover-front-primed-2006-2008.html?painted=yes

http://www.paintedautomotiveparts.c...-cover-rear-primed-2006-2008.html?painted=yes
Nope. Never herd of them, but I did click on your links last night.
I didnt see anything on there that said OEM though. Granted I didnt look too hard.
The one problem I see is this. Many colors, even with the correct paint code will have two, three, four, twelve, fifteen or more color variances. Some will be oh so very very close, others will be worlds apart.

I recon with these guys its a bit of a gamble.
 

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K-dog have you ever heard of this company?

I posted this in the other bumper thread....

Just curious if anyone has used them?

Supposedly OEM painted?

http://www.paintedautomotiveparts.c...cover-front-primed-2006-2008.html?painted=yes

http://www.paintedautomotiveparts.c...-cover-rear-primed-2006-2008.html?painted=yes
Nope. Never herd of them, but I did click on your links last night.
I didnt see anything on there that said OEM though. Granted I didnt look too hard.
The one problem I see is this. Many colors, even with the correct paint code will have two, three, four, twelve, fifteen or more color variances. Some will be oh so very very close, others will be worlds apart.

I recon with these guys its a bit of a gamble.
Judging by their area code, it looks like they are in the Chicago area. 'Don't know what part of Wisconsin you're in, but it may not be "terribly" far for you to get down that way to check things out color wise??? (or give them a call)
http://www.paintedautomotiveparts.com/auto-body-parts-painting-services.html
 

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Yup. It depends on the depth and over all size of the damage.

Can you post a pic or two ?
It's more of a "scrape" on the bumper portion. You can feel it when you run your hand over it, but they aren't really bad grooves. Of course, the bumper has been hit a few other times so maybe it is time for a replacement. The quarter panel will definitely need to be fixed at a body shop.

I FINALLY got the post office to respond about it, although I'm still rather mistrustful of them. I am receiving a claim form in the mail and have to take it to a repair shop for an estimate. They say they will pay based on the estimate, but my concern is whether or not they will accept the claim for damages and admit fault or try to deny responsibility. I don't know how they could considering the fact that their employee turned left out of the middle lane into me, but thus far I've had to be the proactive one and call/harass them.
 
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