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Old 05-12-2014, 12:47 AM   #1
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Paint Touch Ups & Fender Paint

Hey Guys,

So I recently purchased a 2012 Bright White Sahara. It had a cracked rear passenger side fender flare (the guys wife ran over a trash can apparently), and I was looking to get that replaced and color matched.

I was quoted $470 for them to order the new flare and paint it Bright White to match.

I know the OEM replacement fender flare cost $199 on and I can buy the mopar 5oz spray cans. Quadratec description says the fender flare is a smooth texture for Sahara Applications.

Would I be ok to buy the replacement flare and just spray it myself? If so, how many 5oz cans would that take, any ideas? Or is there a place to buy a bigger can? I just want the flare to look like the original, I don't want to do it myself and have it stick out like a sore thumb.

Also, there is a small paint chip thats beginning to rust (it on the drivers door right near the window, looks like a rock chip about the size of a pea). If i touch that up should I use something to get the rust off first?

Any input is appreciated!

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Old 05-12-2014, 01:28 AM   #2
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Or is there a place to buy replacement parts painted to match?

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Old 05-12-2014, 02:54 AM   #3
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You can do that but it will be obvious what you did unless have some painting skills. If it is important to you to have the painted look OEM then have someone with experience paint them.

For $470 you can buy some aftermarket fenders or the OEM black ones.

Also the tires out past the fenders all the paint will be a waste.
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Old 05-12-2014, 02:56 AM   #4
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Here... if there's a FinishMaster nearby, they will first match and mix some OEM paint and put it in spray cans. The issue with doing this yourself is you need to shoot a primer, color coat and then a clear coat. The OEM paint is expensive so be ready to open your wallet either way.

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Old 05-12-2014, 03:43 AM   #5
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These guys have really good reviews off ebay.. anyone ever experience any transactions with them?

I reached out to them and they said they can color match the fender without a problem.
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Old 05-12-2014, 03:50 AM   #6
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I would purchase the fender, and have a body shop professionally paint it.
After all, this is a 2012 Wrangler, and I'm sure that you want it to look good, like it never happened.
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:42 AM   #7
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Absolutely. Thats the goal. Ill check around for some quotes
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Old 05-14-2014, 06:19 AM   #8
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There is a lot that goes into painting auto parts. The paint used has to be prepared and applied according the surrounding environment and actual vehicle being painted. Variables like tempeture, humidity and barometric pressure can change how a paint job comes out. Additionally the original paint on the car may have changed in color/hue over time. Touchup paint should be used for just that, touch ups.

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