Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
Can a Nissan Maxima bumper cover be painted?
Answer: Yes, it is highly advised that you do so. Retail bumper covers come in a dull black finish, and it definitely will not suit your car. However, you need to follow a certain procedure first before you begin painting your part. You need to sand the bumper cover first, and apply a grease remover. Before painting with color, let it sit with a thin coat of automotive primer first. This process is applicable for both plastic and fiberglass bumper covers.
Is it okay to buy a used Nissan Maxima bumper cover?
Answer: No, it would be too much of a risk. There is no way to know what a used bumper cover has been through; it can just as easily been taken out from a car wreck and has been reconfigured for it to appear in good condition. The material might already be brittle from all the reconfigurations it underwent to revamp its style; hence, a used bumper cover might not provide the protection required during a crash.
Is it required to install a bumper cover for both ends of the Nissan Altima?
Answer: That is a question of taste. It is not required; but most people often opt for that, to achieve a more balanced look from front to rear.
Which is better for the Nissan Maxima, fiberglass or plastic bumper cover?
Answer: Fiberglass and plastic both have their fair share of pros and cons. Fiberglass is more durable against stone hits, dents and scratches; but it is also sold at a steep price. On the other hand, plastic may show signs of wear earlier than fiberglass, but it can easily be repaired by heat-treatment; it is also a cheaper alternative. In the end, budget and driving habits will dictate which bumper cover will work best.