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Old 04-05-2013, 07:05 AM   #1
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Paint Fender Flares

I've read most of the previous posts here on painting TJ fender flares but wondered if there was any new information on the subject. Removing the flares prior to painting seems like more than I want to tackle at this time so I'll tape off my flares and proceed that way.

Question: Do I use Krylon Fusion or do I use an "etching" primer followed by bed liner paint?

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Old 04-05-2013, 07:32 AM   #2
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I kept my flares on, taped off and painted. I only washed them and used Rustoleum BedLiner. Did it last May and they still look great.

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Old 04-05-2013, 09:09 AM   #3
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I just did this last weekend, but I removed the flares, sanded them with 100 on an orbital (last owner had put on crap that was peeling in spots), cleaned them with a scotch pad and some denatured alcohol, and sprayed them with 4-5 coats of Rustoleum bed liner. They turned out good and I got to clean all the dirt out from behind them.

Plenty of folks have taped them off and shot them and are happy with their results. I wouldn't use Krylon Fusion, but that's just me.
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I just did this last weekend, but I removed the flares, ....
If you did it again, would you go to the trouble of removing them? Just curious. I've read where some have had lots of trouble taking them off.
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:18 AM   #5
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Taking the flares off is not difficult at all. It's weird to think someone would have trouble with it. I'm doing this today and I would never risk taping it off
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The problem arises when the welded or secured nuts on the backside of the fenders come loose so while you try to remove the flares, the bolt just spins without loosening. This happened to me haha it made the job a PITA but mich much easier to paint than taping off car, as I have done both methods. The welded or secured nuts on the back were very very difficult to reach to hold while I loosened and some were impossible so I had to just get out all that I possibly could then pull flare off ruining one or two spots to screw in, but with the others okay, they hold up fine screwed back in, like I said, a PITA to do, wish I was lucky enough where all were still secured. It was only a couple that were loose though, maybe one or two on each flare sometimes 3.
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If you did it again, would you go to the trouble of removing them? Just curious. I've read where some have had lots of trouble taking them off.
Definitely.

In fact, I had a couple of spots that got a slight run in them, and I missed it when I had them on their side. I'll take them back off and hit them with another can, probably when I do the bumper and mirrors (one mirror has paint flaked off the base).

I spent more time prepping the flares than I did taking them off and putting them on. I used an 8mm angled ratcheting wrench up front and a 1/4" ratchet with a short socket in the back. Got all the dirt out too. I left the rear fender liners out when I put it back together out of personal preference.
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I took mine out when I painted them. I trimmed them a little when I painted them, and didn't want to do it "in-place".
I didn't want to pull my liners, so it wasn't as easy as UFO, but still worth it, imo.

I used a self etching primer, but only because I had some laying around, and figured "why not" LoL
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I got lucky I guess......I used newspaper and masking tape started at about 8am used green scratch pad and a painters prep from Autozone.......stripped tape off about 1pm and drove it to work on second shift. several light coats...Rustoleum Hammered....

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