Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
Between a plastic and steel bumper cover, which one can provide the GMC Sierra 1500 pickup with better look and greater protection?
Answer: When it comes to bumper protection, a steel bumper cover is stronger and tougher than a cover that's made from plastic. Although a plastic bumper cover provides a cushioning effect when hit, it can be easily damaged. When it comes to the appearance, a plastic bumper cover can give a better aesthetic appeal than a cover that's made from steel. First, plastic can be quickly painted to match the color of the truck; and second, it can also be easily shaped to perfectly fit the contours and corners of the bumper for a smoother appearance.
How should the clips that hold the front bumper cover of the GMC Sierra 1500 be properly removed?
Answer: Since a stock GMC Sierra 1500 bumper cover has about a dozen clips that have buttons on top that almost have the same size as a quarter, these can be really tough to remove one by one because the bumper cover is still attached to the vehicle. The technique is to pull them straight up to release them. The clips should have been detached by half an inch after that. To remove it completely, careful prying must be done on the clips afterwards. Remember to do it slowly to avoid damaging the clips.
When fixing a scratched GMC Sierra 1500 plastic bumper cover, what can be done to make the new paint adhere better into its surface?
Answer: Surface preparation is the key to make the paint adhere on the bumper cover. It is done by using 300-grit sandpaper. A dual-action sander can make the process faster, but hand-sanding is the only option for bumper covers that have various shapes and designs. The entire bumper cover must be sanded completely including the crevices and edges. Otherwise, paint will not stick that well. The application of wax and grease remover is another part of surface preparation.The last one involves the use of automotive plastic sealer.