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Default Viggen bumper cover repair

I picked up a set of Viggen bumper covers from Messiguy01 a few weeks ago. Repair was a bit slow going. But, between other commitments, I managed to get the cracks welded and everything paint-matched to my laser red '02 'vert...

Before:
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Front

Front

Rear

#220 sanded:
Front

Front

Plastic welds:
Front

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Wow, great job!
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Nice, now you just need some side skirts
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That is seriously impressive work. The paint looks great as well.
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How about some details of how you fixed them? I have a similar repair needed on one of my bumpers.

I have considered purchasing this kit:
https://www.polyvance.com/Airless-Welders-1/5210/

Polyvance has a good repair demonstration here:
https://www.polyvance.com/camry.php
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I also noticed that you didn't reuse the mesh lower grille piece. That is worth some money if you don't want to use it.
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I also noticed that you didn't reuse the mesh lower grille piece. That is worth some money if you don't want to use it.
I simply did not install it nor the fog lights, yet. I will. This was simply a test fit as I don't have all the under-body Viggen pieces. So, I had to determine what I needed to manufacture.

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How about some details of how you fixed them? I have a similar repair needed on one of my bumpers.

I have considered purchasing this kit:
https://www.polyvance.com/Airless-Welders-1/5210/
I used something similar. I would not recommend anything less than 200w.
If you do not want to plastic weld - not sure why not. SEM has a good two part adhesive product (#68422). In either case, I recommend reinforcing the back with stainless steel mesh.

Process:
Note: after every sanding step, wipe clean with clean water and cheese cloth or similar. Some folks like to use isopropyl alcohol (IPA). This is fine. However, it could adversely dilute your primer, paint or clear coat - so could water - if not completely dry before applying first and subsequent coats.

For all primer, paint and clear coats, I used a high volume low pressure (HVLP) spray gun with a 1.4mm tip @ ~30psi

1) dry sand #80-120 with orbital sander
2) repair cracks - there are plenty of plastic welding videos out. Ignore any of them that do no include sanding in a 'V' on both the front and the back as well as any that do not include the application of a reinforcing mesh on the back side.
3) dry sand #220

- Primer application. Each coat of primer required 6hr cure time @ 100% coverage
4) apply heavy filler primer
5) wet sand #400
6) apply light filler primer
7) wet sand #400
8) apply light filler primer
9) wet sand #800

- base coat. Each application required 12hr cure time @ 100% coverage
10) apply base color coat
11) wet sand #800
12) apply second color coat
13) wet sand #800
14) apply third color coat
15) wet sand #800

- clear coat. each application required 24hr cure time @ 100% coverage
16) apply clear coat
17) wet sand #800
18) apply second clear coat
19) wet sand #800
20) apply third clear coat
21) wet sand #800
22) apply final clear coat
23) wet sand #1800
24) buff with light cutting compound
25) wash whole car
26) apply sealant/ glaze/ wax as desired
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I simply did not install it nor the fog lights, yet. I will. This was simply a test fit as I don't have all the under-body Viggen pieces. So, I had to determine what I needed to manufacture.
Many of the Viggen specific under body pieces are NLA. The driver side splash shield is available at $50 to $60. The bumper to splash shield filler strip is available at ~$200.

The passenger side splash shield, and the small plastic pieces at the leading edge of each inner fender (inner fender to splash shield) are NLA.

I have a brand new driver's side non-Viggen splash shield in my spares. Ordered the wrong one the first time. I don't know how much difference there really is.
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If you need any of the nla trim pieces for underneath let me know as I have some spares I could sell
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Awesome job!

This gives me hope with my own bumper, although it's in much worse condition.
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If you need any of the nla trim pieces for underneath let me know as I have some spares I could sell
messiguy did provide a complete set, on loan. I plan to make some molds and reproduce them. However, my budget for this project is stretched already and I may not have sufficient funds for the molds much less the cast. I may just do a quick fab out of galvanized steel.

What are you selling for?
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messiguy did provide a complete set, on loan. I plan to make some molds and reproduce them. However, my budget for this project is stretched already and I may not have sufficient funds for the molds much less the cast. I may just do a quick fab out of galvanized steel.

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Molds to reproduce for others??!! Or just for you?
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Molds to reproduce for others??!! Or just for you?
Molds are reusable and casting is trivial. So, I would make the bits available to all... If I can get it done before messiguy calls the mark on the loan
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Molds are reusable and casting is trivial. So, I would make the bits available to all... If I can get it done before messiguy calls the mark on the loan
No deadline. But that 3-ish week turnaround from pick-up to installed on the covers...impressive to say the least. They went to the right home.
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