Bumper tab/lug broken

Discussion in 'Bodywork' started by Mr.F, Aug 14, 2017.

  1. Mr.F

    Mr.F New Member

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    My bumper tab/lug clip is broken and I was dumb enough to through it away not knowing that it can be reattached. However, I learn that you can weld a new one at the exact place with the same or even better quality piece to the bumper. The broken tab/lug clip is part of the bumper.

    I am hoping that someone can guide me to the right direction and would like to know if there are body work shop in/near London that I can visit to fix it.

    For illustration purposes I added a picture from the internet to show the part that I am talking about, cause I am not sure if they call it tab or lug clip. Please, correct me if I am wrong.
     

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  2. Petrol Pete

    Petrol Pete MB Enthusiast

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    Yes you were pretty dumb to throw it away as you could have fixed it back on yourself using QBond which is widely available would has set you back about £15.

    All is not lost if you can find a piece of the same material from a scrapped part and cut/sand/drill & re attach it yourself.

    Its all down to your budget and skill level.

    Good luck.
     
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    Mr.F

    Mr.F New Member

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    At that time, I didn't think I could reattach it back and thought maybe it can be repaired by welding a stronger and new one. I saw on youtube how to do it, but I don't have the tools or skill to do this kind of work. This link from youtube is one of the best so far I have found, but I don't mind going through a bodywork shop. Watch it at 3:56 mins.

    httphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzoD50mpvFI&t=311s&list=WL&index=56
     
  4. toolman1954

    toolman1954 MB Enthusiast

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    In case anyone has trouble viewing the afore mentioned clip, just knock out the first http.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzoD50mpvFI&t=311s&list=WL&index=56

    In the past I have used a hot air torch that would be used for soldering purposes ---I have one of these.

    RICHMOND HEATING TOOL SOLDER TOOL GAS SOLDERING IRON | eBay

    I have even repaired indicator lenses with it, just keep the heat moving, dont concentrate on just one spot. Obviously use similar filler material. A bit like welding aluminium with gas, too much heat and it dissolves into a puddle.

    If you want to have a go yourself just practice on a bit of broken bumper (from a scrappie ? ) and beware of molten plastic on hands and fingers .

    Steve
     
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    Mr.F

    Mr.F New Member

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    Thank for replying, I will try that an hope for the best.
     
  6. Mercy Me

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    A SMART repairer should be able to do this for you as most carry plastic welding equipment and should be able to improvise to create a new tab.
     
  7. Petrol Pete

    Petrol Pete MB Enthusiast

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    I took my 2006 W203 C55 to a specialist repair workshop to enquire about fixing a crack under the front valance/bumper and he said this particular material could not be fixed by welding, he did tell me what the stuff was but I can't remember.

    He said for a short time and on certain models MB used this material and he had found when ordering new bumpers from MB for these cars they now are made in the more modern repairable 'plastic' . As a 'one man band' who ONLY does repairs on bumpers I guess he knows his stuff.

    Nice to know if anyone on here knows more on this subject.
     

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