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Old 11-17-2012, 02:26 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Making A Hybrid Bumper?

It has always crossed my mind to make a hybrid bumper and how one would go on making it. They are not in stock at the moment and I really like the 07 look maybe I can buy both bumpers from ebay and make my own? bond them with fiberglass and such? I have already repaired a couple of bumpers and have some knowledge in the fiberglass process but I have no idea how I can make them hold together...
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Default Re: Making A Hybrid Bumper?

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It has always crossed my mind to make a hybrid bumper and how one would go on making it. They are not in stock at the moment and I really like the 07 look maybe I can buy both bumpers from ebay and make my own? bond them with fiberglass and such? I have already repaired a couple of bumpers and have some knowledge in the fiberglass process but I have no idea how I can make them hold together...
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Its actually crossed my mind to make one too..
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:33 PM   Thread Starter #3
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Yeah I know they have made them but they are not in stock.
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Default Re: Making A Hybrid Bumper?

there really isnt much of a difference, you can buy a regular 07-08 bumper and just fiberglass the gap from the headlight to the bumper, when you think about it, its not THAT much of work to do, you just gotta be careful
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:51 PM   Thread Starter #5
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Default Re: Making A Hybrid Bumper?

I have sen the gaps in some pictures and it looks like if there are some gaps were the hood goes. 2 bumpers run about 220. The 07 one is 120 so if i can maybe find a hood for an 07 I guess i can do that....I already have the material its just whether i should change the headlights and hood or just make a hybrid one...i am going to be buying a matching 07 rear and spoiler...
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Default Re: Making A Hybrid Bumper?

I wouldn't waste my time to bond 2 surfaces that are not fiberglass with fiberglass. It won't hold for too long. It'll look nice for a while, then it'll crack, bubble, etc. Any shop that knows what they're doing will tell you the same. Some will do it anyway to get paid, but whether a shop is doing it or yourself, it'll still be the same result.
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Default Re: Making A Hybrid Bumper?

Proper way to join poly (PP) is through plastic welding. You will need a plastic welding gun. They differ in price but a good quality gun with adjustable heat setting as different composition bumpers will begin to melt at different temps will set you roughly 300. Then you use the proper filler rod for the 2 types of plastic you are welding and bond them. There are also products by 3M Called Atomix as well as LORD FUSOR EZ100 (very popular) which is 2 part epoxy that is somewhat flexible and do not crack easy as it remains flexible and nice feather edge for sanding.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:27 AM   Thread Starter #8
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Default Re: Making A Hybrid Bumper?

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Proper way to join poly (PP) is through plastic welding. You will need a plastic welding gun. They differ in price but a good quality gun with adjustable heat setting as different composition bumpers will begin to melt at different temps will set you roughly 300. Then you use the proper filler rod for the 2 types of plastic you are welding and bond them. There are also products by 3M Called Atomix as well as LORD FUSOR EZ100 (very popular) which is 2 part epoxy that is somewhat flexible and do not crack easy as it remains flexible and nice feather edge for sanding.
So if i use that lord fuzor product i wouldnt need the welder? The only reason fiberglass came to me is that my trucks bed cover is fiberglass and i have never had.any issues cracking plus my car sits in the.garage all day too.
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So if i use that lord fuzor product i wouldnt need the welder? The only reason fiberglass came to me is that my trucks bed cover is fiberglass and i have never had.any issues cracking plus my car sits in the.garage all day too.
You can try but IMO there no easy way and no corner cutting when it comes to bodywork and making long lasting repairs.

I would recommend plastic welding then using Ez100 to cover the welded area and smooth it out. Make sure you read up on this.

Adhesion promoter application will be critical, also you need to clean and prep surfaces meticulously.
When you get a NEW bumper they are coated with mold release agents. You need to make sure you use plastic prep cleaner..
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Default Re: Making A Hybrid Bumper?

I have read up on the plastic welding and it seems its pretty much like a heat gun blow torch thing that can melt them together. My only question is I am going to be cutting each bumper around the middle how am I going to keep them in place while I am doing the welding?
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