How to Install a Bumper Cover on Your VW Golf

Want to put a bumper cover on your Golf? You can skip the shop and install it right at home with this easy-to-follow tutorial.

The Importance of Using an OEM Bumper Cover

There are many reasons to use an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) bumper cover. The most common ones are:

  • Top quality: OEM bumper covers are made by the same manufacturer that made the stock bumper on your car. That means you’ll be getting a good quality bumper cover. Aftermarket bumper covers are hit or miss when it comes to quality.
  • Proper fit: An aftermarket bumper cover manufacturer has to copy an OE bumper cover. Just like in the game of telephone, something is lost in the process. If you want a bumper cover that will fit really well, OEM is the way to go.
  • Guaranteed longevity: OEM Volkswagen bumper covers are made with high-quality materials and they’re built to fit your Golf exactly. So they’re going to last a long time. In most cases, they last longer than aftermarket bumper covers. If you somehow encounter an issue with your OEM bumper cover within 1 year of purchase, you can have it replaced for free. Volkswagen’s Replacement Part and Accessories Limited Warranty will take care of you.

OEM bumper

At VW Parts Vortex, we have a variety of OEM parts, including bumper covers, for your Golf. You should be able to find the right bumper cover for your Golf in our catalog. Just be sure to put in the right year to ensure proper fitment. To make the search easier for you, here’s a list of quick links to our top selling VW Golf bumper covers:

Preparing For the Project

Before installing the new bumper cover on your Golf, you need to clean and paint it first.

Prepping Your Bumper Cover

You’ll need:

  • 600-grit sandpaper
  • Wax and grease remover
  • A wet towel
  • A dry towel

Wet sand the bumper cover with the sandpaper, and then wipe it down with wax and grease remover. Let the bumper cover dry before applying paint. Wear clean gloves when you handle the bumper cover, so you don't get any oil from your fingertips on it.

Painting Your Bumper Cover

This step is optional. You can choose to install your bumper cover without painting it. But we recommend painting it to match your Golf’s body color.

You’ll need:

  • Two cans of automotive body spray paint
  • Two cans of automotive clear coat

To paint your bumper cover:

  1. Apply two coats of paint (let dry between coats).
  2. Apply clear coat.
  3. Let dry for at least 6 hours before installing the bumper cover.

Another option is to have a body shop paint the bumper cover. You won't have to prep it, they will do that. You can install it, and still save some money.

Installing a Bumper Cover

Golf bumper off

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First, you need to remove the old bumper cover. To do this:

  1. Lift your car.
  2. Remove the front tires and disconnect the signal wires.
  3. Remove the fasteners in the wheel wells.
  4. Remove the fasteners that attach the bumper cover to the bumper support.
  5. Unhook the plastic tabs and then remove the bumper cover.
  6. To install the new bumper cover, repeat the process listed above in the reverse order.