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Hit a Burning tree, chipped my bumper paint, next course of action?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Brianlovestaco, Jun 10, 2015.

  1. Jun 10, 2015 at 6:35 AM
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    Brianlovestaco

    Brianlovestaco [OP] Too weird to live, too rare to die

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    To start off with some backround, I went wheelin with a couple of members a couple of weeks ago. While we were out there we came across a burning tree. Long story short I thought I was it would be funny if i bumped the tree to make it fall thinking that my brush guard would connect first...lesson learned, not a great idea. Here's the damage.
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    As you can see not only did the paint chip but it also burned the bumper. So what should I do?
    I washed it the other day and the hose started stripping more paint. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Jun 10, 2015 at 6:46 AM
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    bjmoose

    bjmoose Bullwinkle J. Moose

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    Basically two choices:

    1. First class repair at body shop -remove bumper cover, sand, repaint, and reinstall. $1000+

    2. DIY quality repair. Sand it out, use a tiny bit of filler, sand it again, feather the edges, and use auto store touch up primer and a can of touch up paint. You'll still be able to see the repair, but depending on how good a job you do, it can camouflage really well.
     
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  3. Jun 10, 2015 at 6:55 AM
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    Brianlovestaco

    Brianlovestaco [OP] Too weird to live, too rare to die

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    yeah i figured. Might as well do the grill while im at it. Thanks
     
  4. Jun 10, 2015 at 6:58 AM
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    Could have been worse.
    Burning tree gets hooked under frame and immolates truck. :bananadead:
     
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  5. Jun 10, 2015 at 7:01 AM
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    Brianlovestaco

    Brianlovestaco [OP] Too weird to live, too rare to die

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    Very thankful it wasn't, could have f**cked up my signal lights too if I went at it a little harder :burnrubber:
     
  6. Jun 10, 2015 at 7:08 AM
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    First course of action seek help from mental health professional. Who in their right mind deliberately crashes into a burning anything.
     
  7. Jun 10, 2015 at 7:12 AM
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    Brianlovestaco

    Brianlovestaco [OP] Too weird to live, too rare to die

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    Me :facepalm:never said I was sane lol
     
  8. Jun 10, 2015 at 7:13 AM
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    yotastaco

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    You were right. It is funny. Only course of action is to buy a Pelfreybilt front plate.
     
  9. Jun 10, 2015 at 7:20 AM
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    Brianlovestaco

    Brianlovestaco [OP] Too weird to live, too rare to die

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    I dont think they make first gen products. Could be wrong tho, was thinking of just ditching the bumper and try to find someone to help me fabricate it.
     
  10. Jun 10, 2015 at 7:22 AM
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    yotastaco

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    Sorry, thought the solution was obvious. Buy a 2015 2nd gen before the 3rd gens ruin the Tacoma name!
     
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  11. Jun 10, 2015 at 7:31 AM
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    Brianlovestaco

    Brianlovestaco [OP] Too weird to live, too rare to die

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    Lmao, hell naaaaa, i love my truck, i would probably get and older 1st gen with the boxy front end if i found a nice one
     
  12. Jun 10, 2015 at 8:51 AM
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    ToyRyd04

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    Is that really paint on the lower valence on the bumper? Looks more like plasti-dip to me :notsure:
     
  13. Jun 10, 2015 at 8:58 AM
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    Brianlovestaco

    Brianlovestaco [OP] Too weird to live, too rare to die

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    Nope, its paint, comes off like plasti-dip tho :confused: blessing or curse?
     
  14. Jun 29, 2015 at 11:22 AM
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    Leave burning trees to Smokey the Bear. Good luck with the repair.
     
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    Sorry for your damage.. but I have to ask, why was the tree burning, and did you put the fire out?

    Sincerely hoping you and your trail mates didn't light something on fire while wheeling, except fires in camp, but admittedly this story sounds a bit too much like a "HOLD MY BEER, WATCH THIS" kind of thing.
     
  16. Jun 29, 2015 at 11:34 AM
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    Good thing it wasn't a burning bush, might call you Moses.
     
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    TashcomerTexas

    TashcomerTexas Bwaaahh Stutututu vs Weeeeeeee

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    Hold my beer, watch me reply about burning trees to someone online wondering about how to fix a repair from hitting said tree.
     
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    Brianlovestaco

    Brianlovestaco [OP] Too weird to live, too rare to die

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    The tree was burning all day from when we got there at about noon to about 4:00 thats when I tried love tapping it
     

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