Cost to Repair a Car Bumper

BUMPER REPAIR COST

Assume that your car was crashed, has bumper damage and now it needs to be fixed. How much does it cost to repair a bumper? $200? $400? When the payment bill comes you will surely get surprised.
This happens because of the outdated understanding of a car bumper. In the past, the bumper was a piece of wood, bolted onto metal at the ends of the car. They provided protection if a car bumped into nearby objects. Furthermore, it was easily replaceable, just unscrewing the bolts allowed it to detach.
Now bumpers are more complex. Today, bumpers are integrated with components of the vehicle and have more functions than just protecting. This causes the bumper repair cost to rise. In order to know the cost, you need to understand a modern bumper’s purpose, and the process of fixing or replacing one.

Subaru Bumper Paint ScratchLabor Time

Today’s system of repairing or replacing is much harder than it was in the past. Before taking out the bumper, professionals need to disconnect it from numerous vehicle systems. It does not only consumes time but it also takes trained skills. You must be wondering what kind of systems are in the bumper, below is the list of all systems:

  • Lights
  • Trim
  • Warning Systems
  • Airbag Sensors
  • Air Intakes

Removing all the above parts takes almost 2 – 3 hours and sometimes even more. The average labor cost is $100 per hour.

Paint Labor

After the removal of bumper, it’s time for the paint job. This job starts when the damage to the bumper is repaired. It also includes using body filler(putty), plastic repair material or other materials to repair dents and cracks. The primary objective is to create an exact copy of the original bumper.
After the repair job, sanding is done to the surface of the bumper. Before painting, trim or cutouts are removed. Now it’s time for painting and this includes laying a base coat, coats of colors and clearcoat.
The average time spends in this whole job is around 3 – 4 hours. The paint labor cost almost $100 per hour.

Paint Materials

This includes masking tape, plastic repair material, basecoat paint as well as body filler. You must be thinking that the measuring tape and paint also includes in cost? Yes, auto-body shops charge a flat rate for materials. They charge around $45 per hour on average.

Parts

In any collision, there must some part or component that was damaged. In the worst scenario, because of high damage, a replacement will be made. A replacement of bumper will cost you around $300 – $700. If sensors, lights, cameras or any other component are damaged, then you can expect an increase in overall cost. Even a low-speed collision of a new car could cost up to $1,000.

Overall Bumper Repair Cost

Car bumpers have changed from very simple to complex. Not just tools and parts cost but also time and effort the person whom you hired.
If we sum up all the expenses, you can easily see why car bumper repair costs so much.

  • Labor Time: 2 – 3 hours (rate= $100/hour) will cost= $200 – $300
  • Labor Time: 3 – 4 hours (rate= $100/hour) will cost= $300 – $400
  • Paint Materials: 3 – 4 hours (rate= $45/hour) will cost= $135 – $180
  • Parts: Average cost of parts = $300 – $700

The average bumper repair will cost between $935 and $1,580.
Does this blow your mind? Well, you are not alone. Do you know you can fix a damaged bumper yourself? If you have small scratches or dents then you can easily fix it yourself, but if the bumper is heavily damaged then consider getting it fixed by a professional.
IN THE END, WE KNOW YOU CAN DO IT YOURSELF.
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How Much Does it Cost to Paint a Car Hood?

If you have decided to get your car hood painted, you have two choices to get this paint job done, either you can do it yourself or you can hire a professional to do it for you.  Having it done professionally can cost upwards of $500, but the do it yourself method could cost as low as $70. Read on for an in-depth view on the differences of the cost to paint car hood by yourself and professionally.
When you go in for car paint repair, you should be aware of the cost for common types of paint damage. It doesn’t matter whether you simply need to have touch-up paint for a small scratch or you need the entire body painted. Always having an idea of how much will that job cost you is valuable knowledge.

Cost to Paint a Car Hood the DIY way

Most people consider doing the paint job themselves because this method costs less. The materials you will need are primer, basecoat and clearcoat. You can get these supplies easily at https://www.erapaints.com/ and the cost to paint car hood won’t be more than $100.
Painting the car hood is an easy job, just check out our blog by clicking here. All of the instructions are written in steps and are very clear. The blog will help you paint your car hood and do a quality job.

Cost for a Professional to Paint your Car’s Hood

Hiring a professional has its own advantage, by hiring a professional for a paint job will assure you of high-quality. This means that the result will most likely be perfect. On the other side, it can cost a lot of money.
A rough estimate for a professional to paint a car hood ranges between $300-$500.  

What method should I use?

It depends upon the car as well as the damage. If your car contains high damage such as big dents, the full paint job on the hood then better go to a professional. In other words, he will repair your car hood with dedication and skill. Not only that, he will repair paint damage as well. Without compromising the quality, he will work flawless and guarantee to make the car hood as if you bought a new one.
If your car hood has little scratches then you should do it yourself. Don’t worry, we believe that you will do an amazing job while following our instructions. With little effort the DIY route will save a lot of money and time too. You can get the paint and touch up paint kit from ERA Paints. This won’t take more than a couple of hours and you will be spending about $30 to $60 for the whole job. Check out more about DIY vs Autobody by clicking here.

How to Prevent Clearcoat Orange Peel

One of the most common problems faced is the clearcoat orange peel when doing touch up projects. It happens when impeded flow of paint occurs. The result is that it starts peeling, and gives a slight yellow/orangish tint to the clearcoat that is similar peeling an orange. Don’t worry, were here to show you how to prevent clearcoat orange peel!

What Are the Causes of Clearcoat Orange Peel?

There are 3 causes that will cause clearcoat orange peel to effect your paint job or it is possible that you may already have it on your stock vehicle. Below are the 3 reasons:

Your Ambient Temperature

This also means that the temperature in the room (in which you are spraying) when you are spraying on the car is not equal to the temperature of your panel.

Low Grade Clearcoat and Supplies

This is extremely common, when DIY’s buy cheap clearcoat that comes with a nozzle not made for delicate application. Your traditional spray can nozzle does not spray as smooth or clean as a nozzle we provide you in our kits.

Not Following Instructions

Another problem is that people don’t read instructions or labels. We hope that if you’ve made it this far you’re not one of those people!These labels contain very important information such as about temperature or how to use it. Car paint is all about application, so if you don’t follow the instructions provided, you will most likely have bad results!

How to Prevent Clearcoat Orange Peel?

In this article, we will talk about 4 tips which will prevent orange peel.

1.    Practice Spraying

Practice makes perfect. Clearcoat being the most difficult to spray, it’s always a good idea to practice on cardboard or another area before going directly to your car’s surface.

2.    Use the spray can trigger grip provided in our kit to apply 2-3 coats!

This is not a gimmick! Smooth and even application is extremely important for a good end result! You’ll want to apply multiple coats, allowing each layer to dry before applying the next. This usually takes about 20 minutes!

3.    Keep the can 6-8 inches away from the panel. Not too close, Not too far!

When you are spraying, keep the can 6-8 inches away from the body of the car. Painting too close can result in drips because the clearcoat is applied to heavily. Too far away can result in light coats which can create uneven layers on the car.

4.    Consider wind or temperature

Last but not least, the environment also plays a role when you are doing a touch up paint job. Especially with clearcoat. In hot weather, the paint will dry quicker. This can cause an improper distribution of paint. You also don’t want it to be cold! The best conidition is early morning in the evening around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Strong winds can also create problems such as, it will dry out the clearcoat before the whole body gets a sufficient amount of coverage or cause uneven layers! If your can has been sitting directly in the sun, or outside in the cold you’ll want to get the can to room temperature of around 75 degrees. You can do this by pouring water into a large glass. The water should be around 80 degrees since we want to get the can to 75 degrees. Submerge it and leave it in the water for at least 20 minutes before spraying.

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Remember! At the end of the day, applying clearcoat doesn’t have to be difficult! Follow the instructions provided, and practice before going straight to the cars surface!
We know you can do it!

Automotive Touch Up – What Not To Do

At ERA Paints we’ve seen it all, if you’re using high quality automotive touch up paint then the problems that occur are usually due to product application. This is true whether you’re using ERA Paint products or someone else’s. We are proud to say that we use premium paint that has set us apart from our competitors at an early stage. This doesn’t mean every project goes smoothly. This indicates error in application or someone not following the directions properly. To help smooth this process out here are some of the most common errors we see in automotive touch up!

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Don’t let this happen to your car paint!

What Not To Do When Applying Automotive Touch Up Paint.

Touch Up Paint Quality

What I stated above about using quality paint is probably the most important factor, so why not discuss this first. To start, remember to not use old car paint! Car paint is much different than what you would paint your house with. If the paint is over 6 months old, do not use it! That’s why touch up paint should be mixed AFTER you order it and shouldn’t be bought off the shelf.

Now there are numerous paint companies out there. What people don’t know is that the majority uses only 3 different manufacturers to mix the paint. When you send the order in the paint is then made that day(or at least it should be). Typically each manufacture sells different grades of paint. When looking for a paint company don’t automatically assume the cheapest is the way to go. There’s an old fashioned saying – Buy nice or buy twice! This holds true for automotive touch up paint. If you buy cheap paint, it’ll fade quickly, fall off or crack/chip. This means you’ll be buying paint again and you’ll be paying double what you would have the first time. ERA Paints sells premium quality paint, and some other companies will too. But we also pride ourselves on our customer service, so we ask, please give us a chance!(shameless self plug?)

The Wrong Sandpaper Grit

Using sandpaper on a touch up job is great, but many pick up anything laying around the house. This can cause more damage to the paint which of course, we do not want. In our touch up kits we include 600 grit sandpaper, this is a very fine sandpaper and works great for touch ups. It’s great you’re using sandpaper on your project! But please remember, wash and clean the area afterwards! If you don’t do this then you’ll be applying paint to loose particles over the sanded area making it very hard for the paint to stick.

Touching Up in Inappropriate Weather

Something many people are unaware of when touching up a vehicle for the first time is that they don’t wait for the right weather conditions. It can’t be to hot or to cold. Your paint’s behavior will change based on the weather. If it’s too hot or too cold the paint can bubble, discolor itself, blotch and more. The best conditions will be on a dry day around 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit.  

Not Adding Enough Coats or Adding Paint to Thick 

This one isn’t always to obvious for first timers. Automotive touch up paint might seem more simple than completely painting a new car and in most ways it is. But the process is still the same most of the time. You want to sand away any rust spots, clean the area, apply primer, apply the base coat and finally add clear coat to give it a nice shine. What most don’t understand is that taking a little extra time and being patient can help you get the best look and results. If you can, ALWAYS apply multiple thin base coats allowing each coat to dry before applying another. Just 2-3 coats will work just fine. Make sure you level out the automotive touch up paint with the rest of the vehicle.

To Quick to Wax Your Vehicle

This one is a bit more rare, since come on, how many of you guys actually wax your car!? While you should wax your car, many don’t, and that’s okay. If you do plan on waxing your car to give it that extra boost in appeal remember to wait at least 25-30 days after applying new paint. This is because the paint can absorb the chemicals in the wax and can cause issues with the paint drying, rippling or thinning out. 


TLDR; Remember your car paint is complex and specialized made to withstand the elements in the long term while maintaining a great look. Take the time to learn how to apply it properly so you don’t have to do it again. I hope this helps you guys and remember to use ERA Paints for premium paint and accessories! 

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