The Bumper Repair Process

Bumpers are usually the first part of your car to receive the impact in a collision.  West Coast Body and Paint can repair your vehicle’s bumper, whether it is a minor damage, such as a dent, scratch, or indentation to major damage.

Minor Damage

Minor damage can mean that our body technician will be able to save your bumper by repairing the damage.

Major Damage

Major damage may mean that the entire panel will need to be replaced.  Our body technician will remove the damaged panel and replace it with a new one.

Painting the Bumper

Your car is composed of a number of separate sections welded or bolted together.  Each separate part is called a panel, for example, quarter panels, lower panels, and rear body panels.  Depending on the damage on your car, we will either spot paint the panel or paint the entire panel.

Spot Painting vs Full Panel Painting

In many body collisions or “simple” repaint situations, we have to spray complete panels instead of spot painting.  Why?  Because spot painting a number of minor dings scattered over an entire panel would look like leopard fur.  It is much easier and the finished look much more uniform and professional on your car if the entire panel was completely prepared and painted all at once.

What determines whether a we spot paint or cover an entire panel of your car?  It depends on the following criteria:

  • type of existing paint finish
  • style of existing paint finish
  • size of repair area
  • ability to color blend new paint into the surrounding body paint area

We always keep in mind that our goal is to apply paint in such a way that the repaired area, either spot painting or full panel painting, will leave your car look as if it had never been repaired or repainted.

Where can you find a bumper repair shop?

At West Coast Body and Paint!  We have plenty of experience repairing a variety of car panels on regular vehicles as well as classic cars.  Come to our shop for a free bumper repair estimate, give us a call 818.785.2639 or email us at  We are located in Van Nuys and we have clients in the San Fernando Valley and the Los Angeles area.