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ska///235i's Avatar How to fix Front Plate Bumper Holes
ska///235i
10-02-2005
I learn this in Mercedes forum and I did it to my Ex-C class, works pretty well.
There are two ways you can fix those nasty "front plate holes"

1) The Expensive way.......
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By fullrev on 05-06-2007, 03:12 PM
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I asked them not to drill holes in my bumper...they said no.
i'm pdi'ing my own car

:rocks:
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By fizzle on 05-24-2007, 11:05 AM
grr. i cant find anything at home depot.com that is like a bumper plug. closest thing is this

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...cStoreNum=8125
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By Spazdoc on 05-24-2007, 11:31 AM
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grr. i cant find anything at home depot.com that is like a bumper plug. closest thing is this

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...cStoreNum=8125
Go to an auto parts store (like Autozone) and pick up a pack of the plugs. They even have a multipack. I was able to find a nice small plug. THen you have to prep it, spray on some primer/plastic adhesive, and a few coats of color. I went overboard, but I did about 7 coats of the metallic blue (did not have the real color, but it was dead-on match) and then 3 coats of clear coat. I also clipped the plug pin by half (about 1 cm length). Looks like a dream.
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By fizzle on 05-25-2007, 10:57 AM
sorry to be a pain Spaz, but what plugs exactly? do you have a specific brand/model? i tried to order the bimmian ones but they are on backorder for 6 weeks!
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By Spazdoc on 05-25-2007, 03:57 PM
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sorry to be a pain Spaz, but what plugs exactly? do you have a specific brand/model? i tried to order the bimmian ones but they are on backorder for 6 weeks!
Yeah, sure. They are the DORMAN Panel Retainers Assortment, part 963-075. You can see the package insert on the second page:

http://www.dormanproducts.com/catalo...e_pg_23_27.pdf

I used the one with the smallest head, sanded it down, cleaned, primed, and so on....
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By TRICKE90 on 05-26-2007, 10:28 AM
bumper plugs

I'm glad I live in Nevada. If your car does'nt come with holes in your bumper then you don need a front license plate. Thankfully my BMW did not come with them. But my Wife's Mini did. So I countersunk the holes enough for a sheetmetal screw to fit slightly over flush, I then filed down the slots some to make the screw flush with the bumper (I didn't file down the slots entirely because I might need to take them off at some point). I then used touch up paint to paint the screw heads and it came out awesome. you have to look really hard to see that there is anything at all.
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By E92_335 on 07-30-2007, 12:08 AM
well usually u ask your dealer for touch up paint when you buy the car
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By am_ver on 03-01-2008, 07:03 PM
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stopped by Loews today... finally understood what u meant. i said "special faster drawer" to everyone and they were looking at me weird. i finalyl scavenged myself. what you meant was their - specialty drawers for fasteners - !!!! man... u really threw me off lol.
Or is it 'speciality fastener for drawers'? I don't think we are looking for a drawer, but rather a fastener.
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By svtfast on 10-06-2008, 12:14 PM
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The best place to find the Dorman 963-075 plugs is Autzone. I looked all over Lowes and Home Depot but I came up empty. 1 min in Autozone and I had them.
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By Neutrino45 on 10-21-2009, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Spazdoc View Post
Go to an auto parts store (like Autozone) and pick up a pack of the plugs. They even have a multipack. I was able to find a nice small plug. THen you have to prep it, spray on some primer/plastic adhesive, and a few coats of color. I went overboard, but I did about 7 coats of the metallic blue (did not have the real color, but it was dead-on match) and then 3 coats of clear coat. I also clipped the plug pin by half (about 1 cm length). Looks like a dream.
Can you post a picture of the final result?
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By bai2u on 10-22-2009, 01:16 AM
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I got you, It doesn't look bad at all in real life, And another, (only somewhat closeup I have)

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  #33  
By E92-Lighting on 10-28-2009, 01:29 PM
i would say get bumper plugs (easiest fix)
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