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Old 02-10-2017, 04:28 PM   #1
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SAP front bumper - can crack be fixed?

I've been looking for a SAP front bumper cover to add to my 2007 wagon. I found one in a local wrecking yard, but it has a couple of structural cracks in it. At the bottom of the bumper cover, the painted portion between the fog lights is broken on one side and cracked on the other. The rest of it is in pretty decent shape.
I believe this part is made of ABS plastic (not sure that's what it's called) and not fiberglass. I'm pretty sure that I've seen stuff on a car fixit show, or on the web, where that material can be repaired by a do-it-yourself Focus monkey, like me.
If you have gone through this process and can share some wisdom, knowledge, and web links, please do so.
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Funny thing about the car this bumper is on: it appears that the only interesting pieces on this sedan is the front bumper and the rear spoiler on the trunk. The interior is very plain. The wheels are 15" steelies with wheel covers. I didn't know there were any of these out there.


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Old 02-10-2017, 07:27 PM   #2
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For sure there are products that 'claim' to fix that stuff everywhere but doing it in reality and for a long duration is something altogether different.

I used to sell plenty of stuff that people brought back saying it didn't work, the skills doing the work figure in as much or more as the products used.

Look on the back of part long enough and you will find the marking showing what type of plastic it is, Ford marks pretty much all of that stuff for recycling reasons.
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If it's ABS plastic, it can be "welded" by someone qualified to do it. Once done, the repair is sandable and takes paint just like the original bumper.
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X2, plastic welding is generally the strongest way to do that. By that I mean true heat welding, not some simple glue that claims to. ABS can be glue-welded but it only has so-so strength doing it. If the plastic is older and beginning to bio-degrade on the outer layers then glue-welding will quickly come undone when the outer layer comes loose, the adhesion does not penetrate deep enough.
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it can be repaired im in the process of repairing my Black 06 SAP bumper which looks like its been curbed a few times..

for plastic welding you need to know what your doing and use the correct filler and prep the area properly.. bumpers are flexible soft plastics, headlights are rigid plastic. 2 totally different types

i bought a set of 03.5 grey headlights off a fellow FF member in 2010 that one of the rears of the lights was broken it took me 8 hours to weld it back then i had only welded a few times and till this day the headlights are still in my car and hasnt re-broken or leaked


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There you go, skills there are everything and often bypass mountains that way..........much has to do with if the plastic is turning into dust yet or not.

I have a fan shroud that was broken into like 15 pieces once and still running now since '07 and fixed the same way.
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There you go, skills there are everything and often bypass mountains that way..........much has to do with if the plastic is turning into dust yet or not.

I have a fan shroud that was broken into like 15 pieces once and still running now since '07 and fixed the same way.
quick ways of seeing, run your hand and see if dust is produced or use yor nail and scratch if it leaves an indent and you get powder then you need to dig deep and see if their is any viable plastic under it.

i made special tools for plastic welding on top of learned a few more better ways to get a better finish

as for the headlights i couldn't give a care about its finish because well its buried and no one sees it..

also i also used a black resin epoxy on top of the weld to get a much better finish and also add additional sealing to it those pictures were showing the actual weld i have no idea where the pictures are of it fully finished.
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The sap bumper covers are nice looking, you'll find steep driveways you'll need to drive up diagonally as the lower corners scrape/scuff even at stock height.
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Thanks to all of you for taking the time to share your knowledge and experience!
I need to go back to that wrecking yard for a second look. I'll try to do that this weekend.
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