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Old 08-26-2011, 01:29 PM   #1
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Bedlining the Fender Flares

My fender flares were hammered. The left front had a hole from a fight with a tree limb the PO got into. The right rear was torn. I bought a couple of new ones to replace those and then set out to repaint them all with Rustoleum Truck Bed Liner.

I'm gonna do the front for the fenders to cover the damage from the tree too, but not now. It's just too hot right now and the front fenders weren't that hard to take off. Here are the before pics. I'll post up the after pics tonight or tomorrow. I'm gonna put them on tonight after the driveway is in shade.

Here is the jeep with the faded flares taken a few weeks back. they aren't horribly faded, but they're all a little lackluster and have the light patches from being bend and so on You can see those on the front fender.



Here's the front of the damaged flare and fender complete with broken marker light :



Here's the Jeep with that one off. You can see the damage to the fender I plan to fix. I also got new marker lights. Should look sweet!



Only one of the screws spun on each front and rear fender. A pair of vice grips fixed that. A few of the plastic nuts were really tight, but only one required more than my fingers to hold it, though one on the left rear hurt a lot. Here the flair is off:



I didn't take pictures of all of them. Just more of the same. For those keeping track, that's a Newcastle. I didn't drink it fast enough, as you can see, and it got a little warm. Was like 90 degrees in the shade. I did, however, finish it!

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Old 08-26-2011, 01:37 PM   #2
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OK, OK! I forgot I could go out and take pics of the painted flares. So here they are. They have 5 or 6 light coats. Nice thing about the Rustoleum is even if you spray it on thick or get a splatter, they settle down and later coats cover it up if it they even need it. Most just blended right in as the liner dried.

The texture is a little rough that on the stick flares, but nothing like Herc. Kind of like wrinkle finish. I did all the flares with three cans and have an extra can to do the fenders when I get to it. I hope the liner is durable, but I don't plan on smashing my flares on a regular basis. In fact, I try not too!

Anyway, here they are:





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Old 08-26-2011, 01:54 PM   #4
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They do look really nice, good texture for a spray can!

My fave spray can kind is NAPA martin senour stone gaurd but its a little pricey if I recall. I might have to check out that rustoleum sometime though.

Cant wait til you get the fenders done, I want to see the whole package. No one ever does them both.
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Oh ya, for posterity's sake I roughed them up with 220 grit and then cleaned them with degreaser. I made sure I did not touch them before painting. I had a few small gnats land in the liner while painting. I just picked them out and you can't even tell. This stuff is very forgiving. I even wiped a few drops off with my finger and you couldn't even tell.
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Yeah, thats why I like the texture of liner verses paint you can mess up and its not a mess up
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They looks nice congrats... coincidentally I'm doing exactly the same thing... I painted the mirrors and the gas cap... removed the front flares and today I'll remove the rest and start painting... hopefully I can get good results as you
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I didn't have to remove the fender liner, though I did have to destroy the plastic retaining clips. I just pushed it back so I could get my hand up there to hold the plastic clips. I need to get some new retaining clips to fishing it all off.
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Oh my God! I'm crazy. It's like 97 degrees outside and even hotter on my sunny driveway, but I decided to do my fenders. I sanded the paint and rusty area then taped the fenders off and shot some bed liner on them. Doesn't look half bad. I didn't get the paint smoothed down perfectly, so if you look close you can see it.



Of course, the breeze came up as soon as I started shooting, but it wasn't too bad. A strip of black pin striping might make the edge look cleaner, but that might be kind of metrosexual. It would look more manly if the liner kind of flaked off right there, but I hope it doesn't.



I did the headlight bezels too. For some reason the rattle can started only working inverted unless I shook it between each spray. So I got a little heavy in one spit and got some runs. Tried to clean it up, but it made it worse. Still it's the back end so you'll never see it if you don't look.



I love the way this stuff looks. I might paint my house with it if it works out
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And here's the finished product. I am amazed, the horrible run on the headlight bezel all but disappeared. This stuff is pretty forgiving and gives me hope that it will be easy to touch up in the future. Now the front is blacked out. Next project is pull the bumper and winch and refinish those.

The new bling for my baby:



Before:



After, including the driveway body work on that fender. Not perfect, but darn close. Ignore the thousands of dead mosquitoes that committed Kamikaze on my grill:



Another shot. Black fender, flares, bezels, lights and light brackets:



And from the rear. Those little imperfections are flies. Stupid flies!:



Took three days (four if I don't go out after dinner and install the other three flares). One to take them off, one to paint them, one to put them back on and in the darkness bind them. Sorry . A lot of that was waiting for the liner to dry. Could probably be done in two days, if you don't run into any problems.

Doing the front of the fenders was way easy, just tape them off, sand, prime, paint and move on with you're life. Bezels are even easier since you don't have to tape. Looks good and easy to do! Awesome!

Whew!

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That looks like you did a fantastic job. Very nice work.
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looks great.....my flares are in pretty bad shape....been wondering how to refinish them...now I know
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I'd say complete the look and paint the grill when you do the bumper. Looks good!
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I used the same bedliner spray on my fender and have been really happy with them. I added a couple of coats of krylon UV clear coating over the bedliner. You did a great job with them.
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I like the grill blue, but its got a few paint dings. I'm trying to think of a way to cover those and still keep most of the grill blue. I am doing the front of the hood someday.
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Old 08-27-2011, 12:46 PM   #16
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Finished this morning. Thank God! All those damn screws and plastic nuts! My hands hurt and the tips of my fingers are sore from holding them while I tightened the screws. Of course it rained last night, just enough to get the new flares and fenders dirty. Oh well, it is a Jeep.
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Looks good. I did mine but for some reason forgot to prep the front drivers side. As I was taking the tape off all the bedliner peeled away.
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Looks good. I did mine but for some reason forgot to prep the front drivers side. As I was taking the tape off all the bedliner peeled away.
That sucks! Sand and reshoot. Probably never be able to tell.
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Looks great!
Your grill looks chipped like mine did from bugs, rocks, etc.
I did mine and it's held up nicely.
Tomorrow I'm gonna start doing the whole outside of my Jeep with rattlecan bedliner.
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Looks great!
Your grill looks chipped like mine did from bugs, rocks, etc.
I did mine and it's held up nicely.
Tomorrow I'm gonna start doing the whole outside of my Jeep with rattlecan bedliner.
You gotta post pics of that!!
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you gotta post pics of that!!
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I just got done painting my grill and fenders as well. Looks awesome!



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Looks good. do you have a picture of the grill in better light. Still trying to decide if I want to do that.
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I'll try and get a better shot tonight.
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Great job. This is on my project list.

Some of the bolts on my flares are missing (replaced with pop-rivets) Any idea where I can get replacement bolts?
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I'd think any nut would work, but I'm sure you could find some plastic or nylon nuts at HD or Lowe's that might work. You could even make you're own. Just drill and the screws should tap the plastic themselves.

If you use metal nuts, I'd replace the screws with stainless bolts so they don't rust.

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