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BullBarTM - Making minor repairs

Well, we had another hit and run the other night. I did not realize that it had happened until I arrived at the Les Scwhab, Fun In The Sun event in Enumclaw, WA last Sunday. I was doing the usual wipe down of the truck and found this crescent moon shaped scrape on the front, driver's side of the Bullbar. No note of course. This makes twice that we have had a hit and run with this truck. The last time it was another Super Duty Ford and he left a little paint on the Bullbar. A witness gave us his license and information. I wish he would have just stuck around long enough for some pictures and a testimonial. No harm done to our Bullbar.

Now back to this new attack. From the looks of this mark, I would say that the white car that hit us is probably boasting a noticeable bruise. I had this repair fixed in less than 10 minutes. No worries. mate! (See details below)

See the crescent moon abrasion
in the middle of the picture!
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Now you see it, now you don't!
(click on the photo for an enlarged picture)

Tools needed:

1. Wet-dry sand paper or emery cloth. (About 600 grit should do)

2. Aluminum polish and soft cloth. (Mother's polish and baby diapers work well!)

3. Cotton polishing wheels and a high speed motor. (Electric drill with a 4" wheel works nicely, but we used a Dremel Tool with about a 1" wheel in this case -- it was what I had available at the time.)

Note: It is best to have a firm wheel for initial work, then a softer wheel for finishing.


1. Push your finger into the back of the sanding paper or cloth and make small circular swirls. About an inch or two swirls is enough. Use this circular motion all around the damaged area until you see no more distinguishing marks, from the damage. You can wipe the area occasionally to inspect. (For deeper scratches and gouges, you may need to begin with about a 320 grit sanding sponge or even a grinder for really deep cuts. Finish with progressively finer paper until you get to a satin finish.)

2. Once all of the marks have been removed and you have a satin finish, apply some polish with a cloth. Then use the buffing wheel in small circular motions as you did with the sand paper. Don't push too hard, just let the polisher do the work. You will see the area turn black with the polish. Keep working it until the entire area is black. Now take a cloth and wipe away the black. It should be very shiny and no marks. You may see some uneven polishing due to the small swirls, but at this point you are just trying to get the damaged area smooth.

3. Now that you have the area free of scrapes and scratches, apply more polish. Now you will need the larger wheel with the soft fluffy sides. Use longer, more even strokes and you will see all of the small imperfections go away.

4. Now you have a great looking shiny area on your bullbar and may want to polish the rest of it. Be careful of one important thing. The area closest to the road (skirt) may be somewhat pitted from rocks and gravel, based on the miles and driving you do. If pitted, you will get that black polish in the pits and they will be more obvious. You can still polish this area, but you need to be aware of this effect and use the polish sparingly on the skirt.


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