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How-to » Body & Interior » Exterior » How to Repair a Valance
 Note: This is a general guide for all vehicles.

How to Repair a Valance

PARTS
  • Buffing Ball
TOOLS
  • Sander
  • Screwdriver
  • 6 more tools
STEPS
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Safety Tip:
Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or closed toe shoes.

1
Using a door trim panel tool (for clips) or a torx head driver (for torx screws), remove all the clips/screws that are holding the bumper cover to the vehicle. Remove the bumper cover.
2
Remove the valance from the bumper cover by removing the clips that hold it on. Remove any lamps or reflectors that may be attached to the panel.
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3
Once the valance is removed, lightly sand the area that is scuffed. Start with a heavier grit sandpaper working up to a lighter grit paper until the scuff is removed and the surface is smooth.
4
Clean the area so that it is free of dirt.
5
Apply a thin coat of body filler to the sanded area.
6
Sand the body filler until it is smooth and matches the rest of the bumper.
7
Prep the valance for paint by cleaning the entire panel with an alcohol/water mixture. Do an initial wet sand and scuff of the paint with a Scott's bright pad and clean the entire panel again.
8
Spray primer to the damaged area on the valance.
9
Mix and apply the basecoat paint onto the damaged area. Use a blending technique to blend the paint into the rest of the valance. This will allow a smooth transition of the new color into the old color.
10
Allow the paint to dry before clear coat is applied. The best technique is to bake the paint in a booth to help speed up and dry the paint for reapplication.
11
Apply the clear coat application across the entire valance panel with a similar technique as the basecoat.
12
Allow clear coat to dry. Bake to help speed up process.
13
Check for nibs in paint (nibs are trash that has become stuck in the clear coat during application).
14
Remove any large nibs with a sharp razor blade.
15
Soak 1500 grit sandpaper in soapy water.
16
Add soapy water in a spray bottle and spray on the painted surface.
17
Use a block with the sandpaper to help apply even pressure when sanding.
18
Sand the area in a circular motion until all the trash is removed.
19
Repeat the process with 2000 grit sandpaper that has been soaked in soapy water.
20
Wipe the part down with an alcohol water mixture and inspect for trash.
21
Use a three stage compound polish to remove any swirl marks left from the sanding.
22
Reinstall the valance panel to the bumper cover with new clips.
23
Reinstall the bumper cover to the vehicle.
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