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Old 05-24-2011, 11:52 AM   #1
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Painting stock fender flares???

I have a 2009 jk wrangler/unlimited x, detonator yellow.....i dont want to spend the money on painted fender flares.....has anyone ever painted their factory flares??? my worry is because they are rough textured, dont know if they can be smoothed out or something....

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Old 05-24-2011, 11:57 AM   #2
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I have a 2009 jk wrangler/unlimited x, detonator yellow.....i dont want to spend the money on painted fender flares.....has anyone ever painted their factory flares??? my worry is because they are rough textured, dont know if they can be smoothed out or something....
If you want to paint them you can. The most important thing is the prep work. Make sure you scrub them down with some Comet (the same kind your grandmother cleaned her tub with). Prime and paint them. I've done it to several vehicles. The comet cleans out all the grease, debris and armor all so the paint doesn't run or bubble up later.

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Old 05-24-2011, 12:00 PM   #3
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I painted the flares on my TJ on sunday, I created a thread to explain the process which i got from reading about other forum members projects. I imagine the process is the same for all models.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/pain...res-94964.html
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and it will end of being smooth like the newer jk's that have factory matching painted flares?? i dont want them to be rough
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:17 PM   #5
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Mine came out smooth when i was done.
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Old 05-25-2011, 02:06 PM   #6
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Good job Pmedg...one of my pet peeves is all the faded flares on the TJ's...yours look great....me personally..not too hip on the color matched flares at all...way too Sahara
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Old 05-25-2011, 02:12 PM   #7
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I agree with you on not going for the sahara look, hopefully it holds up well given the prep i did. i send the thread to my grandparents (Original owners) and he said it hadnt looked that good since they bought it, but his opinion is a little biased. Im glad you like it. i read every thread on the forum i could find before i decided to tackle the job, this place is great.
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Good job Pmedg...one of my pet peeves is all the faded flares on the TJ's...yours look great....me personally..not too hip on the color matched flares at all...way too Sahara
Line x. Stays black and has good look to it. Holds up much better than paint. A buddy has them and couple guys on this forum have posted pics. Getting mine done soon.
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LineX WILL fade and crack as well...have had several accessories lineXed over the years...and any gap in the lineX will let water penetrate too.....precursor to RUST...note that rust is a 4 letter word....I would stay with a good quality paint that you can touch up as needed
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I painted my flares on my old tacoma used duplicolor bumper paint i recomend using the adhesion promotor same brand came out awesome .but its all about prep clean surface well with a wax remover and greese remover
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LineX WILL fade and crack as well...have had several accessories lineXed over the years...and any gap in the lineX will let water penetrate too.....precursor to RUST...note that rust is a 4 letter word....I would stay with a good quality paint that you can touch up as needed
I guess depends on quality of person who put it down.
Everything fades in Sun but line x recent formula longer lasting.

I worked at GMC dealership several years and we sold trucks with line x. Never once saw crack or rust. If person does proper job spraying it then won't have gaps. My uncle truck was line x in 2001 when he bought and other than some fad no issues. And live in SC so plenty of heat and Sun.

Find a quality shop to spray, fix the issues you've had.
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LineX WILL fade and crack as well...have had several accessories lineXed over the years...and any gap in the lineX will let water penetrate too.....precursor to RUST...note that rust is a 4 letter word....I would stay with a good quality paint that you can touch up as needed
And I know rust is 4 letters. Thanks.

And possible accessories don't do as well as truck beds. Being flares plastic and bed metal. Something I may research more before I do it.
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If you want to paint them you can. The most important thing is the prep work. Make sure you scrub them down with some Comet (the same kind your grandmother cleaned her tub with). Prime and paint them. I've done it to several vehicles. The comet cleans out all the grease, debris and armor all so the paint doesn't run or bubble up later.
What do you use to prime?
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"way to Sahara". Think the original Jeep had colored matched flares!
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My buddies F250 Super Duty was done with same product. 3 years later, still looked like it was just done.
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I originally did mine with Krylon Plastic spray cans. It looked great and stuck perfectly, but had it professionally redone to add my hard top and freedom panels in to the color scheme. Prep work is 90% of all paint jobs, and on plastic the correct primer. All of this green is in ultra-flat...

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Good job Pmedg...one of my pet peeves is all the faded flares on the TJ's...yours look great....me personally..not too hip on the color matched flares at all...way too Sahara
X2 Like the black flare look alot better then the color match.

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