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Chevy Tahoe Bumper Repair: Nitrogen Plastic Welder
The 2007-2011 Chevy Tahoe front bumper breaks very easily in one spot. It is poorly designed because all of the bending forces are concentrated on that spot. Nothing is more frustrating than seeing a crack develop when installing a brand new, freshly painted bumper on a Chevy Tahoe. This problem is easily solved using one of Polyvance's Nitrogen Plastic Welding Systems.
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The 2007 to 2011 Chevy Tahoe front bumper cover breaks very easily in one spot. It is poorly designed because all of the bending forces are concentrated on that spot. Nothing is more frustrating than seeing a crack develop when installing a brand-new, freshly painted bumper on a Chevy Tahoe. This problem is easily solved with Polyvance's nitrogen plastic welding system.
Melt in the polypropylene rod using nitrogen gas. Aim the flow of nitrogen where the rod and the bumper intersect, and be sure to melt both the rod and the bumper. Nitrogen gas makes a much stronger weld than using air. While the plastic is still soft, shape and smooth the weld with the airless plastic welder.
Allow the plastic to cool and re-solidify before continuing. This plastic will go from clear to white as it cools. Weld several layers of polypropylene strip to the backside. Adding this additional plastic will spread the bending forces over a larger area, making it less likely to crack in the future.
Melt down any curled edges with the airless plastic welder. Continue adding additional layers of polypropylene strip to the back side. Remember to allow the plastic to cool and re-solidify between layers. Getting the plastic too hot can cause sagging, so it is important to allow the plastic to cool before adding additional layers. While the plastic is still soft, melt down any curled edges and do any necessary shaping with the airless plastic welder.
Allow the plastic to cool all the way through. The plastic should be white and cool to the touch. Remove the aluminum tape from the front side. You may need to do some shaping on the front side. Some plastic may have bulged through when welding the back side. You can use any tools that might be necessary. You could use a roloc disc, a die grinder, the airless plastic welder, or sandpaper. If you are very careful with shaping the plastic, you may not need to use any filler at all! If you do need to apply some filler, you shouldn't need to apply much.
As you can see, the bending forces are spread over a large are instead of being concentrated on that one spot. All that is left to do now is spray some primer and repaint.