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Fiberglass or plastic: what Ford F-150 bumper cover material is the better choice?
Answer: The thing about plastic Ford F-150 bumper covers is that their strength can also be their weakness. Since plastic can stretch and bend, a few hits and bumps won't faze them. However, this elasticity also causes them to buckle and contract due to heat and age. On the other hand, fiberglass bumper covers are rigid and resistant to heat. But they are also much more brittle and won't be as good with minor bumps as plastic ones. Lastly, while fiberglass Ford F-150 bumper covers are simpler to paint and customize, the plastic ones are much easier to install. Both are very good, lightweight options for bumper covers, so it really all boils down to preference.
Is it necessary to replace a plastic Ford F-150 bumper cover that got a few dents and cracks in a fender bender?
Answer: Minor damages such as a dent or crack that is only about a couple inches long does not require a full-on bumper cover replacement. Small dents can be fixed by heating up the bumper with a blow dryer before popping it back in place. Little cracks can be repaired by sanding the damaged area and using some filler or epoxy to fix it up. But for damages that affect the functionality of the Ford F-150 bumper cover such as a huge crack or a barely-attached bumper cover, law states that these would require the replacement of the bumper cover.
What are the advantages of getting a Ford F-150 bumper cover with a built-in air dam?
Answer: The short answer is that it will have all the advantages of having a separate air dam: better mileage, less noise, and a cooler pickup truck. On top of that, getting a bumper cover with a built-in air dam instead of installing an air dam on top of the stock bumper is much more economical, less heavy, and requires less installation effort.