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  • Urethane Bumper Repair Using a Hot Stapler

    This really needs a video which I may do at a future date. I am sorry to say I did not have a cameraman with me today.

    I will start out by showing you what a hot stapler is. Basically it's a very simple tool that allows you to melt staples into plastic for a structural repair. it is easy to use once you figure it out but there is a learning curve. Here is my hot stapler box.

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    My hot stapler.

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    Here is what a hot staple looks like. There are different styles for different jobs.

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    This is the staple inserted into the tool.

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    Next you push the button on the side of the tool. the staple will heat up very quickly and glow red hot.

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  • #2
    Ok this is the damage bumper. Damn coyote! I looked around expecting the roadrunner to be somewhere close just laughing but I couldn't spot him.

    outside

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    And the inside. Note I cleaned the area I will be working in so I don't get any dirt embedded in the repair.

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    • #3
      Heat the first staple up holding it close to where you want to put it. Have everything lined up before this step so you are ready to go. When the staple glows red I let off the trigger and immediately push it down into the plastic. When its at the right depth (about half way in) I give it a light twist to lock it in place. Let it cool for a few seconds and then gently pull the tool off the staple leaving the staple embedded in the plastic. here is my first staple.

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      Next continue placing staples into it spaced apart in order to get it to completely hold itself together on its own.

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      and here is how the outside looks now.

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      • #4
        Now I could just leave it as it is but I want more strength than those couple staples will provide on their own so I add more staples in between the ones I already have.

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        Just continue on as you go. 3/16" to 1/4" apart is what I try to have my distance at between staples but it takes a lot of staples and these are not the cheapest things to use seeing I can not just go to Office Depot to get them.

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        • #5
          Next is the not so fun part. Cutting the legs off of everyone of those staples. Why do I feel the need to use so many? Ohh that's right, because we try not to half ass anything at this shop.

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          Now that is complete it's time for a short break.

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          • #6
            Well my break didn't last long. Time to check out how it looks.

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            I may finish the cosmetic part of the repair at a later date but I don't think it looks bad seeing I only did a structural repair and not a cosmetic one. Time to get it back on the car!

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            It didn't turn out too bad. Hope you enjoyed this thread and learned something. Total cost for this repair was about $5.

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