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Front bumper damage: repaint or replace?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by stretch85, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. Nov 5, 2011 at 7:31 PM
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    stretch85

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    A couple weeks ago I'm ashamed to admit I managed to ding the front right corner of my bumper attempting to secure a deceptively narrow parking space. Go me.

    I got two quotes from body shops for buffing and painting: one from Maaco for around $250 and one from an independent shop with great reviews for around $500. Not horrible, but now I'm wondering if it may be cheaper, or at least equally expensive, to simply buy a new bumper cover. It seems like I could get one shipped from Parts Geek for under $200 and install it myself, but I'm not sure what to expect to pay to get it painted to match the OEM gray (a good chunk of the ~$500 quote was assembly/disassembly labor).

    Thoughts? Is it worth getting a quote through a local dealer? Or should I just suck it up and have the body shop take care of it? Any advice is much appreciated.

    (This is a 2011 V6 Double Cab TRD Sport.)
     
  2. Nov 7, 2011 at 4:14 PM
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    stretch85

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    Bump with a photo of the damage

    Tacoma front bumper damage.jpg
     
  3. Nov 7, 2011 at 4:22 PM
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    KenLyns

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  4. Nov 7, 2011 at 6:34 PM
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    Yep, take your front bumper off yourself & bring it in for paint and save the extra expense of a new bumper.
     
  5. Nov 7, 2011 at 6:42 PM
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    Alternatively you can take it to a shop that does Line-X color-matched bedliner spray. This is usually done right on the truck with careful masking.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Nov 7, 2011 at 6:42 PM
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    ANGUS

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    put a steel plate bumper on and u wont have to worry bout little stuff like that anymore
     
  7. Nov 7, 2011 at 6:43 PM
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    I just went out and got 5 or 6 quotes for R&R and paint for the front bumper cover. Mine has to be replaced because it has a 6" gash in it. Went to dealers and independant shops..... $800. - $1000.
     
  8. Nov 7, 2011 at 6:44 PM
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    Steel.
     
  9. Nov 7, 2011 at 6:46 PM
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    It takes time to undo all the little plastic bits on the bumper. Typical shop rate is $100/hr, hence the cost.

    @stretch85: Ironically, if you actually had Jandrew's hybrid-style bumper, it would have probably cleared the parking space with no contact.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Nov 7, 2011 at 6:46 PM
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    So did you hit another car? Line-Xing the front bumper is a good idea, but frankly a good buffing is all you need. Just wait it out for a little bit. It doesn't seem that noticeable.
     
  11. Nov 7, 2011 at 6:51 PM
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    Removing the lower bumper cover takes about...2 minutes? I'd think the shop was gouging.
     
  12. Nov 7, 2011 at 6:57 PM
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    ^If you've done it once on this truck, it's quick. A mechanic working on the Tacoma bumper for the first time, following the FSM, will probably take an hour.
     
  13. Nov 7, 2011 at 6:58 PM
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    I could see that.
     
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