Realigning the bumper cover on a BL/BP Subaru Outback

A few months ago, someone with a distinct lack of ability in navigating car parks gave the Outback a blow to the face. My wife was out at the shops and returned to the car to find this big mark on the front bumper cover. When she got home, I took a good look at it and, in addition to seeing a big crack, discovered the cover was hanging a bit loose, owing to what I surmised was probably a couple of broken clips.

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The E39 has been hit

(Post updated – see addition below)

My wife was out the other day and had stopped waiting to turn right when she was hit from behind by a Citröen Nemo. Thankfully, the impact was at quite a low speed, so no one was injured.

Here is the damage to the E39. As you can see, the damage consists of a large scuff to the bumper, some scratches to the tail light and the edge of the boot lid, and the bumper on the driver’s side being ever so slightly out of alignment with the rear quarter panel.

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Typically, the guy had no insurance information with him and found a hundred different ways to blame all the other drivers around him. I’m not going to worry about that, though, as today I went to see a friend who used to work in a body shop, and he thinks the damage is easily repairable, and that a product like T-Cut should easily deal with the scratches and scuffs.

It’s frustrating, of course, but a car can be repaired. Ultimately I’m just glad my wife and kids were okay.

 

UPDATE:

The rain has finally stopped, so I went outside this afternoon to assess the damage to the E39 more closely, and see if I could do anything about it. I was surprised to find that the scuff on the bumper was actually residue from the Citröen’s bumper, and peeled off quite
easily.

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Underneath, it was better than I expected. One significant scuff, and some light scratches. There is a small crack on the underside of the bumper as well.

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In lieu of T-Cut, I remembered that I had some AutoGlym Paint Renovator sitting in my garage, so I thought I’d give that a try.

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The results were surprising. Whilst it hasn’t removed the scratches entirely, it has certainly masked them a good deal. I’ll have to deal with the scuff at some point, but at this point, I’m very pleased with how much the AutoGlym restored the surface.

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Next time I wash the car, I’ll polish the spot a few more times and see if it can’t be restored any further.