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Old 11-12-2021, 05:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rescuing Prius Fascia

Fem bot S clobbered the front of her car at a drive-in theater. About $1,100 to replace and paint-match.
I watched a You-tube, spent $5 at Harbor Freight for a trim-tool set.
30-minutes to remove.
Leaned up, and damaged area resting on a foam pad, I used my 30-year-old heat-gun, my right foot, and a piece of wood to soften and reshape the thermoset plastic, doing all the work on the 'back' side.
In two hours it was back on the car.
I didn't get all of it, but what remained would have required heating the painted surface, and straining the finished surface, which I thought would ruin it.
I picked up some 3M rubbing compound/ light scratch remover ( $12 ) this morning.
$ 17 out of pocket, a few minutes of electric power, and 2-hours of 'honey-do' time. Actually, she won't know about it until Sunday.
The most difficult part was removing the electrical connectors from the auxiliary driving lights ( I've got a gimped up left thumb, and it's makes the whole hand practically useless ).

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