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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old May 28th, 2019, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
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A tale of self-inflicted woe

I wanted to protect the top surface of the rear bumper, as the car is a leaser, so I bought an aluminium protector from ebay.

My first mistake was to remove all the backing tape at once from the double-sided mounting tape, making it impossible to adjust the mounting position (2nd. mistake), which was a tad further in than intended, meaning that the tailgate just touches the plate as it closes.

After driving the winter season with the plate attached, I started to notice a small scuff on the bottom edge of the tailgate and decided that the plate would have to go.

I warmed it with hot water and started to pull (3rd mistake).

"Click!" The plastic skin of the rear bumper unclipped.

I have managed to remove the plate, but the bumper skin is now loose.

The punchline is that it is impossible to refit the skin without removing the whole back assembly and reaseembling it.
Total cost of repair with 3 hours of hire car= 3000 NOKs (just shy of £300)

Why do I never learn?

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Better to have used an electric hairdryer to soften the glue continuously as you removed the protector - constant warmth until finished and warmer than hot water............. interested to learn that the colouring is like an additional cover sheet rather than sprayed with body paint. Iíve already had to touch up the front bumper with a tiny bit of paint after driving too close to the handle on my garage door to make room on my drive way for my Defender to park as well as the Mini - good job my Landie is a SWB Nd not a LWB!

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Have now binned the aluminium plate and applied transparent film. Cheaper and safer to remove.
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I looked for a genuine rear bumper protector for the countryman when i got mine and was surprised to find they don't make one, they also don't do genuine wind deflectors.

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I found my protector on AliExpress:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32890037614.html

Quality is okay (if you dare) but do watch the bumper being very eager to unclip.
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heat gun is what i tend to use on any plastic double sided tape or stickers and wraps, also heat gun is good for bringing back the black plastic colour on mini plastics, just keep it moving all the time as can do damage very fast

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