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Scratches on bumper (how to hide)

I recently installed a hitch and when doing the wireing I scratched the plastic bumper when I removed the taillights.



I bought a $2 floor mat at Autozone and after tracing out the shape I needed, transferd it to the mat and cut with scissors. My first attempt was to use the computer and cutting table I use at work. That did not come out so well so that is why you see the other cuts.



I used 3M spray adhesive to stick them to the bumper after cleaning said bumper.



Here are the little pads in place.




Yes, I know I have to do a little clean up. The spray needs to cure for a couple of minutes before applying the pad to the bumper.


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Re: Scratches on bumper (how to hide)

Here is a shot of the finished look.



I have saved the shape and I can send a full size jpg or dxf file to whoever would like to do this.


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Re: Scratches on bumper (how to hide)

I scratched mine in the same place when I took off the tail lamps to install the tail lamp guards, I cannot believe how easy it is to scratch the bumper. I might have to go with your fix, but my scratch is much smaller so I might just live with it.





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Re: Scratches on bumper (how to hide)

That's a creative mod and looks good.

It might also look good to glue a piece onto the hitch cutout area. That would 'balance' the look and also protect that area against scratching when hitching/unhitching.


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Thanks for the compliments.

I've never been one to do diy mods but this came natural to me.


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Re: Scratches on bumper (how to hide)

I have a XJ Cherokee also and have been looking into protection for the back bumper like is on the Commander. I wonder where I could find a piece of rubber that is long enough for the entire length of the back bumper. A floor mat would not work. Any ideas?
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I have a XJ Cherokee also and have been looking into protection for the back bumper like is on the Commander. I wonder where I could find a piece of rubber that is long enough for the entire length of the back bumper. A floor mat would not work. Any ideas?
I've seen inexpensive cargo area liners at KMart or WalMart that were basically just a gigantic rectangular floor mat with a ridged pattern. One of those might work.

I don't think spray adhesive would work for something so large. You might have to put quite a few holes in the bumper and afix it with bolts.


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Nice job FJ. I think it looks bette rthan the original

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I have a XJ Cherokee also and have been looking into protection for the back bumper like is on the Commander. I wonder where I could find a piece of rubber that is long enough for the entire length of the back bumper. A floor mat would not work. Any ideas?
Try Lowes or Home Depot in the flooring department maybe?


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Re: Scratches on bumper (how to hide)

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Now that you have experienced scratching the bumper when removing the taillight lens, do you have any suggestions on how to keep this from happening. I am sure at some time we all will need to change a burned out bulb.
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