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Old 07-04-2013, 10:41 PM   #1
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Factory fender removal for painting question

I'm considering pulling off the outer piece of my front/rear fender flares in order to either paint or bedline them. They are getting nasty faded and are now a nice gray color.

Who has done this and how did you go about removing them? I'm actually considering masking the hell out of everything and just spraying or brushing black paint on. Does anyone have any advice on way or another. I'm not ready to buy new flares, so that is not an option.

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Old 07-04-2013, 11:35 PM   #2
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I masked my XJ and hit the black plastic with Krylon Fusion. Came out great. Lots of blue masking tape and patience required.

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Old 07-05-2013, 01:13 AM   #3
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I painted mine with monstaliner
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I just wiped mine down with wipe new 6 mos ago and they still look new... Cept for the deep scratches
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JK?-there not really removeable-then-replaceable. There are push pins(plastic) that break off very easy. A replacement bag of those pins costs about $100.00. I broke 2 pins and they won.t sell just 2. I took the $100 and put towards the cost of Bushwackers. Bushwackers stay black and shinny.
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JK?-there not really removeable-then-replaceable. There are push pins(plastic) that break off very easy. A replacement bag of those pins costs about $100.00. I broke 2 pins and they won.t sell just 2. I took the $100 and put towards the cost of Bushwackers. Bushwackers stay black and shinny.
Don't they sell these at auto parts stores?
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:22 AM   #7
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Glad somebody asked

The first thing I was planning on doing with my new JKU was to take those fenders and have them Linexed. If it is that much of a hassle I should start looking for replacements and have those Linexed
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A quick research of fenders and I decided $500 is way too much for a set of four fenders for me. SO I checked youtube and found this video


and in the description below the video is a link to the clips and part numbers for the replacement clips for supposedly $8 if that is the part number then they are indeed $8.

If anybody who has seen this clips can confirm the link is
Chrysler Moulding Clip - Gray Nylon

SO I am back to the plan of Linexing the original fenders. Seems like the best cheapest route. for me
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Old 07-05-2013, 06:27 AM   #9
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They are blind rivets. I found these links through google:

Inner fenders use 1-2 of these. so does the front bumper, behind the grill
Mud Skirt Blind Rivets GM Chrysler

Fender Well rivets, these also used on mopar body kit for rockers
1/4 Nylon Blind Rivets 5/32-13/32 Grip
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:51 AM   #10
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Thanks so far.

I'm thinking the most simple thing to do is probably going to be just mask and paint with a brush instead of a spray can.
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I wish I had known about that "clip"Company! If I had it to Do it again, I would of cut down the factory flares To reduce the chance of breaking those clips again.
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Before you do this, you might try using Mothers back to black on them. A lot of people have had a lot of success with changing the grey faded look to black. Then if it doesn't work, you are out $8 and can bedline them.
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Wow, lots of innacurate info here.

First off, yes you will most definately break several clips when removing the fender flare. I don't know anyway around it.

Second, on my 2013 the very front clip on the front fender flares was different and does not break...it breaks the fender flare. It can be pulled out by itself though. It has a round head and if you peek under the front of fender flare you'll see it. Grab it with some pliers (and patients) and pull it out.

Third, $100? Really? How about this for $45 and it has everything you need except for the two clips mentioned above which you'll have to get from the dealer. OMIX-ADA 11609.25 - Omix-Ada Fender Flare Hardware Kit for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

And last, step by step removal instructions can be found here http://www.quadratec.com/Assets/Installation/120197.pdf
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Wow, lots of innacurate info here.

First off, yes you will most definately break several clips when removing the fender flare. I don't know anyway around it.

Second, on my 2013 the very front clip on the front fender flares was different and does not break...it breaks the fender flare. It can be pulled out by itself though. It has a round head and if you peek under the front of fender flare you'll see it. Grab it with some pliers (and patients) and pull it out.

Third, $100? Really? How about this for $45 and it has everything you need except for the two clips mentioned above which you'll have to get from the dealer. OMIX-ADA 11609.25 - Omix-Ada Fender Flare Hardware Kit for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

And last, step by step removal instructions can be found here http://www.quadratec.com/Assets/Installation/120197.pdf
Your very front clip on your 2013 broke too?! Do you have any idea what could've caused it? The dealership just put a new rivet on there, don't even know if they superglued it back together or whatever.

I'm gonna be taking the fender completely off this weekend hopefully, to check their work. Plus it looks like they didn't take it completely off and realign the whole fender, since one of the clips right before it still looks like it's off and just pushing itself on top of where it goes. Doesn't look like it went back in so now there's this gap where as on the other side the fender fits flush.

Looks like I'll have to take the hood hold-downs, that sound right to everyone here?

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