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Old 10-20-2006, 11:14 AM   #1
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Default How to replace bumper covers and Paint shop in DC Metro area

I have a tan 94 Bonne SSE. The bumper covers either need to be replaced or re-aligned and painted. I was hoping that someone could tell me how to replace the bumper covers or at the very least line them up properly.

If someone knows of a good paint shop in my area (DC Metro) I would greatly appreciate a referral. Actually paint booth rental would be good also although I have little experience painting cars but willing to learn.

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I will send you the information on removing them when I get out of work tonight.
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Woulf you perfer a shop in DC, MD, or VA?
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ok, rear bumper:

You'll need a 10mm deep well ratchet, a phillips screw driver, and a flat head (or two) or a trim pulling tool.

There are 3 10mm bolts on each side on the inside of the trunk. Might be helpful to remove the power antenna while you do this to get to the last bolt, your choice. There are up to 3 phillips screws in each wheel well. might need to remove the wheels if you don't have an bent screw driver. there are 4 phillips screws to remove the cover panel on top of the bumper by the trunk. under that, there will be up to 5 push-in plastic pieces, or screws, or 10mm bolts. i've seen all. there are 3 or 4 push-in plastic retainers under the rear center between the tips to pull out. Lastly, there is 1 push-in plastic retainer behind the license plate.


for the front:

You need to remove the inner fender, which is a bunch of 7mm bolts, and then a couple phillips screws. Then you have to remove 3 10mm bolts from inside. This is usually tough if they have rusted. I have fought a lot with these bolts. There is the possibility of breaking parts. I have hoped to break the heads off the bolts when doing some very rusty ones. You then need to remove the lower air dam. may not have to though. then there will be two push-ins under where the front plate would mount.

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Thanks for your help. It is greatly appreciated! One my way to the junkyard to find some new bumpers!

As for the location of the shop. I would prefer DC but really not to partial being that I am looking for a place that does a good job at a reasonable price.
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This link has most of the shops in DC.

http://www.thecityofwashingtondc.org/auto/autobody.html

I had some work done in the early 80'* at a place called Taylor Auto Body but I do not see them listed. The work was a good price and high quality.
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Thanks for the link to autobody shops.

How much should I expect to pay for a decent paint job?
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