How to Replace & Paint Tow Hook Cover to Match Bumper Color

Need to replace and paint your tow hook cover to match your vehicle’s color? By following the procedures below, learn how to replace a missing tow hook cover and paint it to match your car’s color (bumper).

What you will need

tow-hook-coverTow Hook Cover – Search by Part Number for Any Car


  • Call your dealer and get the part number by VIN. Note that front and rear bumper tow hook covers are different. Often there are differences between trims for the same car model.
200-SPRAY-PAINTCustom Mixed Spray Paint – Basecoat


  • You will need the paint code. The paint code is printed on the VIN sticker on the driver’s door jamb. Call your dealer and give them your VIN if you can’t find it. They will be able to provide the color code for your car. Another option is to try online VIN decoders. Sometimes, you can get the color code from a VIN decoder.
  • For best results, order Base Paint and Clear Coat separately. If you want to save money, order Singe Stage, which includes Clear Coat. Don’t order Clear Coat.
  • Note that the spray paint comes in 11oz. You won’t use most of it and will have a lot left to touch up any scratches on your car.
primer-for-tow-hole-coverAutomotive Primer Spray


  • Apply before basecoat.
clear-to-paint-tow-hole-cover-audi-maseratiAutomotive Clear Coat


  • Apply after the base coat; for best results, apply a clear coat. It can be skipped if Custom Mixed Spray Paint is a single stage. The result may not look as glossy as the paint on your car if you don’t use clear.


  • 600 grit sandpaper.


Follow these instructions to paint the tow hook cover to match your bumper color.

  1. Most tow hook cover comes as bare black plastic.missing-bumper-tow-hook-cover
  2. Sand it down with 600-grit sandpaper to prepare it for the primer.replacement-front-tow-hook-cover
  3. Spray one thin coat of primer and let it dry for at least 15 minutes.vw-tow-hook-cover
  4. Sand it lightly, especially if you see bumps or
  5. Shake the spray paint and spray one thin coat of Keep your hand at least 10 inches from the tow hook cover.
  6. Wait another 15 minutes and spray a second coat of matching paint.k-cover-missing-painted
  7. Wait at least 30 minutes and spray one or two coats of clear
  8. Clean the area where the tow hook hole is. In this case, duck tape was used to cover the tow
  9. That’s it. You are done.replaced-missing-tow-hole-cover-mazda-mercedes-bmw-audi-lexus-toyota-vw-chevrolet ford gmc tesla

That’s it. Replacing a missing bumper tow hole cover is simple.

This guide helped you learn how to order a new tow hook cover for your car and paint it to match your vehicle’s color. The procedure is the same whether you need a tow hook cover for Audi, BMW, Ford, Infiniti, Subaru, Mercedes, Honda, Toyota, or any other car model.

It’s almost impossible to find a tow hook cover painted to match your vehicle unless you are willing to spend a lot of time at your local junkyard. New tow hook covers don’t come painted.

You need to order the correct tow hook cover for your car; see the link below. Tow hook covers don’t come painted. Therefore you will also need to order paint that matches your car color from the dealer or use the method described in this article.

We hope you find the How to Replace & Paint Tow Hook Cover to Match Bumper Color guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your vehicle.

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