Made from chromium-plated steel, bumpers on cars from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s are large, heavy, and shiny. While relatively durable, they are also expensive to manufacture. They are also more prone to denting than plastic, but at the same time they are more difficult to repair.
What material is a car bumper made from?
Materials. Most OEM bumpers are made out of plastic and feature an aluminum or steel reinforcement bar hidden in the middle. Some bumpers may also contain polypropylene in order to help absorb energy during an impact.
Is my bumper plastic or metal?
The BUMPER itself is still normally steel.
When did bumpers become plastic?
The first plastic bumpers were installed by General Motors in the Pontiac GTO model from 1968. This component was made from an elastomer called Endura, in the color of the car body, and was designed to absorb shocks at low speeds without permanent deformation.
What can you do with old car bumpers?
Take It to the Landfill
A plastic car bumper just may not be entirely recyclable. If that is the case, then the best course of action would be to take it to your local waste facility or dump. A car pound will usually accept old or used parts, including an old or damaged plastic car bumper.
Are bumpers made of steel?
They are no longer made of steel and rubber. Bumpers are painted plastic covers, with a light, impact-absorbing Styrofoam backing. Even minor damage now costs thousands of dollars to repair, due to the fragile painted plastic covers.
Is my bumper plastic or fiberglass?
In many cars the bumper is the steel part, attached to strong structural members of the front and rear of the car, and covered with an exterior cover that provides the appearance. The external bumper cover is plastic, and is not especially strong.
How do I know if my bumper is plastic?
Look at the color of the raw plastic. If it’s black or gray, generally it’s a thermoplastic. If it’s yellow or tan, generally it’s a thermoset. Look for the ID mark on the back of the bumper cover (pictured above).
What are chrome bumpers made of?
Chrome plated bumpers start out as steel bumpers which are then electroplated with one or more layers of nickel. That’s topped with a very thin layer of chromium. This withstands stone chips and weather better than paint but it’s not flexible.
What are BMW bumpers made of?
Most BMW bumpers since about 2002 use impact-modified talc-filled polypropylene compounds. These are sometimes also called thermoplastic polyolefins or TPOs. Behind them you will typically find one of 2 impact absorbing structures made of foam.