A cracked fender is one of the very most familiar car body repairs carried out by bright (Small to Medium Area Repair Techniques) repair operatives. Bumpers are made to handle for example being hit by a shopping trolley, low speed scraping collisions and car park barriers as well as other minor impacts, low impact collisions. Frequently this kind of injury leads to scores, scuffs and scrapes which can be fixed easily and quickly by a mobile auto body repair technician with lacquer, primer, paint and some auto body filler. Occasionally nevertheless, a crack divide and will appear the fender and this has to be dealt with differently.
If there is a cracked bumper not repaired or the repair is carried out with regular filler, the structural integrity of the fender is compromised. It is very important the fender fracture is treated and rejoined having a hard yet flexible resin. A special technique is used to execute this which needs to be carried out every time.
Normally the crack doesn’t look serious, it often has the appearance of a hairline fracture and it is appealing to run a little filler as repaired, and treat that. The end result of that is that the next time the bumper is put under any pressure whatsoever, the crack will reappear and generally widen. The crack has to be widened, efficiently worsening the damage so that there is enough of an opening for the resin to fit in. There is a hole drilled at each end of the crack, half on and half off the very end. The crack forever ceases from jogging again. Next, a v-shaped groove has to be made right down the crack’s centre, wide enough without going off the boundary of the crack, to make Alloy Wheel Repair Billericay a hole.
A strip of mesh is subsequently put on the inside of the bumper all along the damage – this will hold the resin in place while it hardens and may be left there afterwards. A mix of hardener and resin, specifically invented for fender repairs like this, is then injected into each of the holes which have been drilled. The net backing offers the purchase needed to prevent the resin going direct through. The aim here is to efficiently “stitch” the repair together.
Caution should be taken if sanded as the bumper resin can melt down. After the resin has fully hardened the fender is structurally sound again and may be sanded, filled, primed, painted and lacquered as standard. Result – a perfect fender repair