TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker or making a Paypal contribution here: paypal.me/SupportTMC

Rear Bumper Scrape - How to Fix?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by hadfiiw, Aug 30, 2015.

  1. hadfiiw

    hadfiiw Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2014
    Messages:
    40
    Location:
    Cary, NC
    So I got a bit of a scrape while in a parking lot today. Luckily, it did not scrape the paint or light - just the rear bumper (plastic?)

    What would be the best way to fix that? I'm thinking I can just clean it up but wasn't sure what cleaner to buy.

    Thanks!


    IMG_3963.JPG

    - - - Updated - - -

    (now onto finding a thread on why the picture is upside-down)
     
  2. mspohr

    mspohr Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2014
    Messages:
    1,803
    Location:
    California
    Rubbing compound should take off that paint you stole from whatever you hit. I'd give that a try first.
    Lots of different brands. Turtle Wax, 3M, Meguiers, etc. Any should work. You don't need to spend more than $10.
     
  3. Tampaukfan

    Tampaukfan Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2015
    Messages:
    206
    Location:
    Tampa, Fl
    DONT use a compound, you can make the matte finish shiny or introduce scratches.
    Try using a microfiber and mild cleaner like Simple Green first, then try a polish.

     
  4. linkster

    linkster Member

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2013
    Messages:
    989
    Location:
    USAX2
    +1 !

    start with the LEAST aggressive technique/pressure/soaps/cleaners first such as car wash soap -> simple green -> waxes that contain a minute amount of cleaner
     
  5. hadfiiw

    hadfiiw Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2014
    Messages:
    40
    Location:
    Cary, NC

    Sorry, should have been a bit more clear. Someone hit us while we were away from the car.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Thanks all!!! Will give that a shot.
     
  6. kevincwelch

    kevincwelch Active Member

    Joined:
    May 13, 2012
    Messages:
    2,018
    Location:
    Chicagoland
    You definitely don't want to use a compound or polish (or wax or sealant) on trim. It can make it look worse. That's why these areas are taped off when paint correction is done. Try Goof Off, Stoners Tarminator or Carpro Tar-X. You can try soap and an APC, but you'll probably need something more potent. After you're done, hit the trim with Carpo DLUX.
     
  7. MoeMistry

    MoeMistry Local Vendor - SoCal

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2013
    Messages:
    428
    Location:
    Southern California
    Excellent advice...you can even try just rubbing alcohol on mf towel. If you're lucky, it's just paint transfer and it'll wipe right off. As mentioned, protect it with a plastic conditioner like CarPro Perl or a nano coating such as CarPro DLUX.
     

Share This Page