If you are writing a repair plan in CCC and refinishing a bumper you will be prompted to answer the question “Will the bumper be refinished in a separate procedure from the other panels?” Your options will be “yes” or “no,” and how you answer will have an impact on the bottom line.

If you are using a flex additive, that means you will be refinishing the flexible components, like a bumper, in a separate procedure. Flexible parts must be able to deform when “bumped” and resist chipping and cracking. This requires flexible additives combined with the undercoats and clearcoats.
– If you are using a flex additive, as specified by the refinish manufacturer, the correct answer to the question is “yes.”
– If the paint manufacturer does not recommend the use of flex additive, the answer is “no.”

Understand that selecting “no” will result in overlap deductions on additional panels with refinish, and will include the bumper cover in the 2.5 clear coat cap. “According to the “Guide to Estimating,” page G36, “any component clear coated as a separate procedure,” is not included. If the Bumper Cover requires a different clear coat mix because of flex additives, a separate procedure is required. This holds true for the majority of flexible components and recommended refinishing techniques.” (DEG Inquiry 5321)

Mike and Danny discuss how to decide the correct way to answer the question, why it is being asked, and how to identify how it was answered when looking at printed estimate or repair plan.
For more on deciding “yes” or “no,” visit the SCRS flowchart on “Answering the CCC ONE Bumper Refinish Prompt:”