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Old 05-04-2010, 02:50 PM   #1
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I need to repaint my flairs

So when I bought the jeep, the sales guy said that he 'conditioned' the flares. I asked him if he repainted them, and he just repeated that he conditioned them. Fine. So about 3 months later, they start chipping, and you can clearly tell that he did a crap-assed job of spraying them because it started to look like cheetah print. Last year, I re-painted them with Krylon Fusion, and prepped with xylenes. Something didn't take right, and now I'm back to rolling with cheetah fenders.

I was going to hit them up with spray on bedliner, because I know that'll stick to anything, but I was wondering what you would do to prep. I was thinking about using a sander, and a light grit sandpaper, and taking both coats of paint off. I just can't stand the look of it now, and I'm not buying new flares unless I have to.

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I would say some plastic primer. Put a few coats on with scratch coating it too. Then paint that. I used this plastic paint from lowes and it went on really well. Lasted until I started rubbing in the rocks but before that it held up just fine.

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Old 05-04-2010, 03:04 PM   #3
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sounds better than sanding. I've got no problem with all-day projects, but sanding it terrible.
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Old 05-04-2010, 03:29 PM   #4
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G-pur, you won't ever get good adhesion over the original bad paint unless you strip it all the way off. Your top coat is only as good as your base coat. In this case your base coat is the stuff that the dealer applied.

There is no way of telling if the guy properly prepped the flares or if he cleaned off any viny dressing or even dirt for that matter. It will continue to flake.

Get yourself an orbital sander and some 320 and get all of the old stuff off before you try repainting. It will be a PITA but worth it in the long run.

You know... what I would try before sanding, maybe a STRONG pressure washer to remove the old paint.
It might loosten it up since it isn't stuck very well anyway.
If it comes off nice and slick, you can clean them up and then maybe use the heat gun trick to make them black again.

Just a thought.
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Kate is correct, painting anything is like building a house, if you build on a crumbling foundation it will just come down again, also what make paint adhere is not primer but the mechanical bond from the scratches made by sanding. Another point is most plastics are not made to be painted so they require special purpose adhesion promoters. As Kate suggest, pressure washing saves time and gets the loose stuff off, than sand with 320, adhesion promoter and paint for flexible parts, spray cans are available for these projects by duplicolor. { e.g. bumper paint]
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