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Old 06-02-2009, 11:25 PM   #1
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Do you remove side light when painting fenders?

I've decided to paint my grey fenders (factory grey on a 2006 Unlimited, not greyed from age) and am going to use the Krylon Fusion Satin black. I'm going to leave them on and use the index card method. My questions are these:

1. What kind of prep do you need to do?

2. Do you remove the lights in them or tape them off?

3. What is the other part that is about a foot long and runs across the bottom of the Jeep and meets up at the front flare? Do you remove that to get in between that and the fender easier, or just tape that off as well?

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I would just tape the truck off. No need to fight with it unless you can't get the tape to fit where u want.

As for prep- I would hit it with rubbing alky and make sure it is clean of everything wax and all. Then if you think there is still some on there hit it with a 600 plus wet sand. Then wipe it down again. I would put a good light coat of primer then 3-4 light coats of black with scratching up the surface inbetween coats.

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Will any plastic primer work or should I look for something specific?
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Plastic primer will work. The hardest part about it is finding the spot were the paint will not run. normally bout 10inches out. Also when doing your scratch coats it will help on some areas were it might have gotten a little thick(knocks it down and lets the paint get deeper into the layers.)
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:40 AM   #5
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The light's held in w/ one bolt. Remove it.
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Yea easy to take out, I did.
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your best bet is to remove the fender all together. it only takes about 10 minutes per fender, and then you are guaranteed a perfect and professional look.

As far as prep work, you want to ruff up the surface as the fenders are plastic. If you don't do this, you will notice chips in the fenders after about 3-4 months.

I recently repainted my entire jeep, fenders and mirrors included. I used a rattle can to do the fenders. Check out the pic, I will post more when I get home if I can find them. This pic is simply the results pic. My fenders were faded grey from age but now look brand new.

Do it right, take them off.
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Old 06-08-2009, 01:21 PM   #8
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you can remove the fenders, or just tape it off and paint em (index cards or newspaper work good)
As for the lights, just tape those off
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you can remove the fenders, or just tape it off and paint em (index cards or newspaper work good)
As for the lights, just tape those off

Why tape off the light when it takes less time to remove it than tape it off? Taking out a single bolt that's easy to access is quicker than trying to tape around 4 recessed rounded corners.

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I took fronts off and loosened the back and taped off with news paper for cover, All while taking out front lights. But do which is easier for you.

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