Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
Is it possible to fit a bumper cover that is not made specifically for the car model and year?
Answer: If the Mitsubishi Eclipse that is involved in this particular situation was made between 2001 and 2005, then yes, the bumper cover can be fitted. However, there's a condition. The bumper covers can be used interchangeably only if there are no modifications made in the car's reinforcement bumper. Eclipses from 2001 to 2005 have the same chassis, so almost the same kinds of bumper can fit in these models. Some slight changes must be done though. For instance, the wheel liners and marker lights in 2001 models are different from 2003 Eclipse.
What are the best plastic primer options to use before repainting an ABS plastic Mitsubishi Eclipse Bumper Cover?
Answer: There is a wide variety of aftermarket ABS plastic bumper covers available in the market, which are made to tailor fit a Mitsubishi Eclipse. These are ready-to-install bumper covers, but some car owners like to repaint them to match the car's color. Paint application may be a little difficult because plastics have low surface energy, thus paint doesn't adhere quickly. There are two common types of primers: the lacquer primer and urethane primer. Among the two types, the urethane primer is the strongest. It works well on plastic materials because it doesn't lose gloss, shrink or swell, and crack.
What is the usual cause of swelling marks on the bumper cover after painting it?
Answer: Mitsubishi bumper covers are usually made from either plastic or steel. The cause of paint swelling in both bumper cover materials is the same--scratches and dents that were not treated properly. Before the paint application, it is necessary to sand the cover surface to remove stains and old paint, if there's any. After that, it's necessary to put epoxy putty to fill in the gaps on the bumper cover's surface to leave a smooth finish. When these cavities were not taken out completely, the air from those holes gets trapped once the paint is applied. This is the reason why bubbles become visible two to five days after the painting job. To prevent this, prepare the bumper cover well before painting.