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Hello my fellow Subaru owners, i have recently got myself into some trouble with my front bumper the other day during an epic snow storm here in New york. I was wondering what my options were with possibly repairing the damage. I am aware that there are some ways to repair my problem. The first using a plastic welding tool and soldering the cracked surface back together, which seems like it will take alot of skill. And the other possibility would be to use some type of strong adhesive glue to connect these two sides together. and lastly replaceing the entire front bumper, i found a website that was advertising a replacement bumper for 200 dollars which seems too good to be true , im pretty sure the bumper is cheap plastic anyway( the one for 200 dollars NOT the one i have on it now)

I was wondering if there is anyone out there who can tell me about their own experience with this type of situation. What problems did you find the most troubling? If i should use a plastic soldering tool, which one will give me good results for a cheap price. Same goes any glue options i can do, a good friend of mine mentioned a marine epoxy called 610 west systems epoxy which might do the job. I am not looking for completely perfect finish i just want dont any loose pieces on the front bumper.
i posted some picture of the area i am talking about just to give you an idea.
 

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sorry the picture is not loading not sure if that would help anyway it is not that small of a crack, it is about 10 inches
 

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Go to Youtube and search on G-Flex Epoxy. That is your best bet for a repair.

We assemble $6000 30ft carbon masts with that stuff! And it works on plastics see the plastic Kayak youtube challenge. Great stuff
 

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That stuff is like duct tape. It withstands more than it looks like it will.

On a side note, I just thought of it, any one ever watch "The Red Green Show"? "Duct Tape, the handy man's best friend." "If the women don't find you handsome, at least they can find you handy." I liked that show.
 

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Awesome i will try my luck with that subiesailor. thank you for the advice i wasnt sure if i should use some type of acrylic repair epoxy since the color of my car is black it would be nice to use something that will match
 

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Awesome i will try my luck with that subiesailor. thank you for the advice i wasnt sure if i should use some type of acrylic repair epoxy since the color of my car is black it would be nice to use something that will match
I would warm up the bumper with a hair dryer or small space heater so its nice and flexible. Use packing tape on the outside painted side of the bumper to pull the crack together - then put a g-flex patch on the back side. If the plastic is deformed and doesn't match up well - pick up some light fiberglass cloth and soak it really good in the G-flex and put the patch on the back side of the crack. Epoxy cure time is 24hrs and needs the proper temp to cure so make sure you read the instructions and are in the 68-70 degree temp for the 24hr cure. This will fix your bumper and the outside will show little sign of having been patched up from the back side. If you can't get to the back side - don't be afraid of taking the bumper off to do the fix. It needs to be clean - and warmed up so the plastic is flexible and can be taped into the proper shape crack together etc before you do the G-flex fix. Use a wire brush and lightly rough up the plastic a bit on the back side where your going to put the patch this helps the epoxy get a really good bond.
 
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