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    Front bumper plastic molding scratched

    Does anybody know how to fix the plastic molding trims ? I scratched the molding on the front bumper they’re a little deep . Will post pics when I get a chance. Is there a way to get rid of the scratches or replacing just that part it self . I tried looking online but no luck, maybe I didn’t look hard enough. Any help would be appreciated.

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    I think if it's scratched, there's no way to repair it. I have some really minor scuffs on my rear bumper, can't even feel them with my hand, and I've been told by a couple of Mazda dealerships that they won't attempt fixing it and will only replace it.

    I have heard of using a 50/50 mixture of boiled linseed oil and paint thinner to refresh the black trim, but I think this only works if your trim has oxidized (looks whitish or chalky). I had planned to try this out, just haven't gotten to it yet.

    https://bimmertips.com/renew-faded-b...without-paint/

    I would try this method to "hide" the marks, then apply some 303 for UV protection and added durability. Without the 303, the oil will wash away after a few washes and you'll have to reapply.

    You can also try using a heat gun to "melt" the scratches away, but you may end up doing more harm then good.

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    The front bumper is one piece...the black piece is part of the bumper cover. Ask me how I know!!
    Last edited by wrxray; 10-02-2018 at 11:37 AM. Reason: added pic

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrxray View Post
    The front bumper is one piece...the black piece is part of the bumper cover. Ask me how I know!!
    lol ! yeah I checked this morning and saw that its not a separate part.

    Quote Originally Posted by sm1ke View Post
    I think if it's scratched, there's no way to repair it. I have some really minor scuffs on my rear bumper, can't even feel them with my hand, and I've been told by a couple of Mazda dealerships that they won't attempt fixing it and will only replace it.

    I have heard of using a 50/50 mixture of boiled linseed oil and paint thinner to refresh the black trim, but I think this only works if your trim has oxidized (looks whitish or chalky). I had planned to try this out, just haven't gotten to it yet.



    I would try this method to "hide" the marks, then apply some 303 for UV protection and added durability. Without the 303, the oil will wash away after a few washes and you'll have to reapply.

    You can also try using a heat gun to "melt" the scratches away, but you may end up doing more harm then good.
    I've seen videos for the heat gun method but I doubt it will do any good to the scratches or the bumper itself.
    also read about using buffing compound

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