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Old 07-15-2012, 01:57 AM   #1
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Painting flares

Is it possible to paint the flares on my wrangler to make them look better? If they are just going to peel off I would rather just wait and buy new ones when I can afford them.

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Painting Fender Flares


Paint your flares, it's not difficult and looks really good. I used bedliner on mine.

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Old 07-15-2012, 01:52 PM   #3
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I would 'think' you can't paint that plastic. I have black flares that are now a light grey, so I'm looking for a good deal on new ones.
Depending on how bad yours are, I used a black trim restoration on them and it works for a while. Definitely makes them a darker shade. If you have any tire gel, you could try that.
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Krylon fusion is for plastic
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I would 'think' you can't paint that plastic. I have black flares that are now a light grey, so I'm looking for a good deal on new ones.
Depending on how bad yours are, I used a black trim restoration on them and it works for a while. Definitely makes them a darker shade. If you have any tire gel, you could try that.
Tons of us have painted our plastic flares with all sorts of paint....
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:53 PM   #6
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Rustoleum has a special trim paint and their 2x coverage paint is for plastic also. I just have my front bumper and headlight trim done so far, but it looks pretty good!
Our problem was getting my friend's rear fenders back on because the original square nuts fell into the body panel. We were able to find a few plastic anchors that would hold without turning with the screw, but we need a better fix...
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Tons of us have painted our plastic flares with all sorts of paint....
I just went down to Walmart and bought 2 cans of the plastic paint. I'm a believer now
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Just to add to my previous post...

Dealer pic, before painting - notice the faded bumper caps
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my jigs: for the bumper caps, wood strips and elastic straps; for screws, a cleanish pizza box - I paint the heads on top, then spray WD40 on the threads underneath
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taping off to paint the bumper. I cable-tied the fog lights underneath so they weren't hanging by the wiring
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Oh, and thanks to the previously mentioned link I learned that the back wheel wells come out. So maybe we can find those nuts and reattach the fenders better on my friend's Jeep...
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Well, here's my results. I used one can of the flat Krylon Fusion paint to do all four plus the four bumper caps. After I taped around the flares, I put newspaper behind it. Couple thin coats seemed to do the trick. Now I just have to see if its going to stay on when I'm on the trail, or if the first bush is gonna scrape it off. She's getting a lift, new tires and rims this week, so at least she'll look pretty for a while
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I decided to remove everything as opposed to taping it off. To each his own - depending on how much work you actually want to do, haha.



Also took the time to remove my mud flaps, milk jugs, and clean the mud that was hiding underneath the fenders before I took them off.



And here's a side-by-side comparison, so you can really see the difference.



I used Krylon Fusion in gloss black for obvious reasons.
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Looks great man! I had some trouble with getting my bolts out, and I didn't have much time, so I just taped em up real quick. Either way works like you said, but you dont need to worry about overspray if you take them off, so that would probably be the best way to go
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This post is gonna save me some big bucks and make my jeep look good. Thanks guys!! 😄
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Previously I had painted my 2006 Nissan Xterra plastics and I learned a valuable lesson... Either use a plastic paint, or a primer before using the spray on bedliner. I ended up having to strip everything and start over.
So, with my YJ, I used trim and bumper paint, let it dry and then followed it up with the bedliner. Looks great and should be good for protection. And if it scratches, you just spray right over the top of it!
Instead of taping or removing, I loosened the bolts just enough to slide sheets of cardboard between the fender and the body.
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Previously I had painted my 2006 Nissan Xterra plastics and I learned a valuable lesson... Either use a plastic paint, or a primer before using the spray on bedliner. I ended up having to strip everything and start over.
So, with my YJ, I used trim and bumper paint, let it dry and then followed it up with the bedliner. Looks great and should be good for protection. And if it scratches, you just spray right over the top of it!
Instead of taping or removing, I loosened the bolts just enough to slide sheets of cardboard between the fender and the body.
You have any pics of the bed liner job? I'm thinking about doing that to my new JKU, can already tell the black plastic fenders are going to be a problem staying nice.
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I need help! Im trying to take off my fenders so i can paint them but a few of the screws are rusted. A few on the drivers side fender that don't have nuts but are inserted into the body turn but wont come out because its rusted to the piece holding it to the body. I tried using WD40 but still not working. Any ideas? I really want to paint them off the car.
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I need help! Im trying to take off my fenders so i can paint them but a few of the screws are rusted. A few on the drivers side fender that don't have nuts but are inserted into the body turn but wont come out because its rusted to the piece holding it to the body. I tried using WD40 but still not working. Any ideas? I really want to paint them off the car.
You really do not need to remove them. If you can loosen the screws enough to fit a piece of cardboard between the body and the fender, you dont even need to use tape. Well, I used tape to make sure the cardboard stayed in place...
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You have any pics of the bed liner job? I'm thinking about doing that to my new JKU, can already tell the black plastic fenders are going to be a problem staying nice.
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And I painted the fenders, hood and plastics on my Xterra also...


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Wow that xterra looks dumb. To each his own.

I'm gonna do my flares this week but I'm using Plasti Dip!
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Bedliner then paint then clear coat, a couple coats each.
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Wow that xterra looks dumb. To each his own.
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I need help! Im trying to take off my fenders so i can paint them but a few of the screws are rusted. A few on the drivers side fender that don't have nuts but are inserted into the body turn but wont come out because its rusted to the piece holding it to the body. I tried using WD40 but still not working. Any ideas? I really want to paint them off the car.
Some can be accessed from underneath. I put vice grips on the inside to hold the nut plate. There are a few along the rocker panel that are boxed in and have no access. If you can't get to the back, you will have to grind off the head of the screw. Then after the flare is off, grind out and/or drill out the screw.

If you can't save the nutplate, you should be able to use plastic drywall anchors in place of the drilled out nut plate. Notch the hole so it is not round, so the anchor won't spin. Like a triangle hole. Make the hole so the plastic anchor is tight.
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WOW, sorry you guys dont like my XTerra... I actually painted the fenders because my wife banged the passenger side rear one parking it and I didnt feel like paying to have the body/paint done. So I did the body work myself and painted it with the bedliner.
The hood was done because the lights on the roof reflected pretty badly.
I will refrain from posting about it further... And stick to Jeep only discussions here.
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I liked it.
My "lame" was at the other comment, not the truck.

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