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      10-09-2019, 04:19 PM   #1
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filling/shaving the bumper reflectors

I know IND sells the body coloured replacement for the ugly reflectors on the side of the front bumper. But I'm going to get my bumper repainted anyway so I was thinking I could just shave them.

Can that be done? Pros, cons? Has anyone tried?
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I know IND sells the body coloured replacement for the ugly reflectors on the side of the front bumper. But I'm going to get my bumper repainted anyway so I was thinking I could just shave them.

Can that be done? Pros, cons? Has anyone tried?
I think they would fill them with bondo. As the plastic bumper flexes, the bondo will crack and the paint will be ruined.
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I know IND sells the body coloured replacement for the ugly reflectors on the side of the front bumper. But I'm going to get my bumper repainted anyway so I was thinking I could just shave them.

Can that be done? Pros, cons? Has anyone tried?
I think they would fill them with bondo. As the plastic bumper flexes, the bondo will crack and the paint will be ruined.
There's plastic epoxy filler that could be used. It's paintable and flexible like plastic.

That being said, I wouldn't bother. Just get the color matched pieces or a euro spec bumper.
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Wouldn't the process consist of plastic welding a plastic piece on the back and fill it in. Not sure about longevity but if done right I'm sure it should be fine.
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Wouldn't the process consist of plastic welding a plastic piece on the back and fill it in. Not sure about longevity but if done right I'm sure it should be fine.
Yes plastic welding is the best option for this. If done correctly it should be very strong and last. The downside is that to do it properly can get expensive. I am not sure the cost of a euro spec bumper but that might be a better option.
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