1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Removing or Hiding Front Bumper Scratches

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tunnelpumper, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. Aug 19, 2010 at 1:34 PM
    #1
    tunnelpumper

    tunnelpumper [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    Member:
    #41923
    Messages:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    This is just my luck. I got an 07 TRD Prerunner about a month ago. I came back from class to where my truck was parked on campus and noticed about 8 nice, black scratches on the lower drivers side of my front bumper. No note, nothing. I have been weighing my options:

    1) Touch up paint
    2) Bumper cover
    3) Brush Guard (to take the eyes off the ugly scratches)
    4) Paying to repaint it (estimate was roughly 500 bucks)

    I am furious about my situation and it makes me even more mad because I have only had the truck for a short time.

    Do I have any other options? and which is the best to make my baby look good again?
     
  2. Aug 19, 2010 at 1:48 PM
    #2
    stroM-

    stroM- Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2009
    Member:
    #19479
    Messages:
    2,399
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jason
    Santa Rosa, California
    Vehicle:
    2006 4X4 TRD OR
  3. Aug 19, 2010 at 1:55 PM
    #3
    tunnelpumper

    tunnelpumper [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    Member:
    #41923
    Messages:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    Would the spray touch up can make it look like new? I dont have any tools to sand anything, but id def prefer the cheap route.
     
  4. Aug 19, 2010 at 1:55 PM
    #4
    MattN03

    MattN03 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2009
    Member:
    #12571
    Messages:
    716
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Bluegrass State
    Vehicle:
    07 DC 4x4 TRD Off-Road
    20% window tint, beep mod, hardwired V1, TSB springs, AVS Bugshield-21803, USA Spec PA15, OEM Tacoma scuff plates, Weathertech mats, Truxedo LoPro, TRD skid, GY Duratrac's 265/75/16 C Range, locker mod (switch method)
    Depending on how bad it is, you might be able to just buff it out. Is it all the way through the paint or just on the surface?
     
  5. Aug 19, 2010 at 1:57 PM
    #5
    KaoskrewPB

    KaoskrewPB -Empty-

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2009
    Member:
    #22370
    Messages:
    600
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Aaron
    Went from: Icon coilovers, Light Racing UCA's, SpiderTrax Wheel spacers, T Rex Eye lids color matched, Rear AAL, Iron Dirt light bar, Hella 500's, Blacked out door badges and front grill badge, Blacked out Hella light covers, Trailer Brake controller, JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69 HU, Sony Xplod Amp To completely stock :(


    Who knows?
    You should be the guinea pig and try it and let us know how it goes!!
    :D :cool:
     
  6. Aug 19, 2010 at 2:00 PM
    #6
    KaoskrewPB

    KaoskrewPB -Empty-

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2009
    Member:
    #22370
    Messages:
    600
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Aaron
    Went from: Icon coilovers, Light Racing UCA's, SpiderTrax Wheel spacers, T Rex Eye lids color matched, Rear AAL, Iron Dirt light bar, Hella 500's, Blacked out door badges and front grill badge, Blacked out Hella light covers, Trailer Brake controller, JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69 HU, Sony Xplod Amp To completely stock :(
  7. Aug 19, 2010 at 2:01 PM
    #7
    tunnelpumper

    tunnelpumper [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    Member:
    #41923
    Messages:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    Its all the way through the paint. Some jackass never learned to parallel park.

    And Kaoskrew, If it was my old four runner then id take the risk, but since this is a truck ive had for less than a month (after someone totaled my 4runner), im trying to go to less risky route.
     
  8. Aug 19, 2010 at 2:01 PM
    #8
    tunnelpumper

    tunnelpumper [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    Member:
    #41923
    Messages:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    And ill go get pics now

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Some of the scratches look like scuffs, and some of the smaller ones are. But most of the dark scratches is where the paint has been scratched all the way through to the plastic black bumper.
     
  9. Aug 19, 2010 at 2:48 PM
    #9
    MattN03

    MattN03 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2009
    Member:
    #12571
    Messages:
    716
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Bluegrass State
    Vehicle:
    07 DC 4x4 TRD Off-Road
    20% window tint, beep mod, hardwired V1, TSB springs, AVS Bugshield-21803, USA Spec PA15, OEM Tacoma scuff plates, Weathertech mats, Truxedo LoPro, TRD skid, GY Duratrac's 265/75/16 C Range, locker mod (switch method)
    Sorry to hear that. FWIW, the local Toyota dealer just paid to repaint my front bumper because they scratched it during an oil change. The shop charged them $250, so maybe check out some local shops to have the whole thing repainted. That, or touch up.
     
  10. Aug 19, 2010 at 3:39 PM
    #10
    chilic82

    chilic82 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2007
    Member:
    #1854
    Messages:
    78
    Gender:
    Male
    TX
    Vehicle:
    07 DC PreRunner SR5
    I would get a bottle of Meguires Cleaner Wax.Wash the bumper. Wax off any smudges, then apply the touch up paint to area where paint is missing. Then once it has dried I would wax over t/u paint. Other than that you will have to get it repainted professionally.
     
  11. Aug 19, 2010 at 4:27 PM
    #11
    tunnelpumper

    tunnelpumper [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    Member:
    #41923
    Messages:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    Damn. Well I found a "bumper cover" online, which looks just like a plastic piece that fits over the front bumper, but im not sure how well that would look/work.


    Chilic, are you talking the brush type of touch up paint or the spray kind?
     
  12. Aug 19, 2010 at 4:30 PM
    #12
    MattN03

    MattN03 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2009
    Member:
    #12571
    Messages:
    716
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Bluegrass State
    Vehicle:
    07 DC 4x4 TRD Off-Road
    20% window tint, beep mod, hardwired V1, TSB springs, AVS Bugshield-21803, USA Spec PA15, OEM Tacoma scuff plates, Weathertech mats, Truxedo LoPro, TRD skid, GY Duratrac's 265/75/16 C Range, locker mod (switch method)
    As bad as that looks, I'd have it repainted.
     
  13. Aug 19, 2010 at 4:40 PM
    #13
    tunnelpumper

    tunnelpumper [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    Member:
    #41923
    Messages:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    I wish I could find the fucker who did this and beat him to death.

    Like I said, the dealer was going to charge around 500 to paint it. Would it be worth going to a smaller shop to get it done for less or fork out the money to get it done by a dealer?

    This sucks.
     
  14. Aug 19, 2010 at 5:17 PM
    #14
    chilic82

    chilic82 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2007
    Member:
    #1854
    Messages:
    78
    Gender:
    Male
    TX
    Vehicle:
    07 DC PreRunner SR5
    I use the brush type. Never have used the spray kind. In my town I could probably find someone to paint that for no more than $200, and it look nice.It really depends how picky you are and how you want it to look. You might try the wax and T/U paint, wouldn't cost over $20. If you don't like it, get it professionaly painted.
     
  15. Aug 20, 2010 at 12:02 AM
    #15
    tunnelpumper

    tunnelpumper [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    Member:
    #41923
    Messages:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    Ill probably try looking around my town (pretty small, also) and see what I can find. If I cant find a lower price ill try touching it up myself. Normal people probably wouldnt even notice it but it drives me fucking insane.
     
To Top