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Old 03-28-2013, 06:24 PM   #1
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Painting fender flairs question

Taking them off Vs. keeping them on and masking to paint them?

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Old 03-28-2013, 06:28 PM   #2
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Just take them off. I've taken all 4 off. Twice, to paint them.

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I took them off because it was much easier not having to constantly worry about covering everything or a rogue breeze sending spray onto an uncovered part of the Jeep.

I bought a ratcheting wrench, a set of extended needle nose pliers, and went to it.

The added incentive is that it allowed me to get to the sheet metal underneath the flare mounts and give it a good cleaning. There was a ton of dirt stuck in there.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:58 PM   #4
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My flares screws were toast didn't feel like the hassle of struggling to get them off and then reattached them. Tape up with newspaper and frog tape lightly buff flares so paint will stick dupilicolor bumper black works like a gem until you go into the woods and thy get scratched up seen some videos on YouTube of people using heat guns like to remove paint and it making them look like new check it out but my flares looked great until narrow trails
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My flares screws were toast didn't feel like the hassle of struggling to get them off and then reattached them. Tape up with newspaper and frog tape lightly buff flares so paint will stick dupilicolor bumper black works like a gem until you go into the woods and thy get scratched up seen some videos on YouTube of people using heat guns like to remove paint and it making them look like new check it out but my flares looked great until narrow trails
I stripped the first two screws when I tried to take mine off so I did the same. Except I stuck index cards in between the flares and the body so I made sure didn't mess up a tape line. Worked perfect and was faster than taping all around the fenders. Also I used bedliner on mine and they have not scratched at all (been close to a year) and I've been on some narrow "branchy" trails.

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I did the index card trick, but used Manila folders or whatever they're called.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:01 PM   #7
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I didn't have a problem taking mine off. You may not have stripped the screws though, there is a plastic rectuangular shaped nut on the back side that most of the screws secure with. I think 3 forward most ones screw directly into the body, the other 5 have nuts on the rear flares. They will free spin with the screw giving the appearance you stripped it.

On the rear fender flares, take that fender well piece out first so you can get your hand on the nuts on the back side. A door panel removal tool makes this much easier because it's held in with the same kind of plastic push pins. Once that's out of the way, you should be able to hold the nut with your hand while you back the screw out.

On the front flares you can reach all of the nuts without taking anything off. Again a few of the screws go into the body, while most have that plastic nut on the back.

It only takes about 5 minutes per flare to get them off this way.
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On the rear fender flares, take that fender well piece out first so you can get your hand on the nuts on the back side. A door panel removal tool makes this much easier because it's held in with the same kind of plastic push pins.
I should add that the reason I used the extended needle nose pliers was because I couldn't get the rear wheel well out without feeling like I was going to destroy the push pins viper is referring to. So, I pushed the pliers up between the wheel well cover and the panel to grab the bolts holding the flares on.

I'm glad I know the door panel removal tool trick now, though.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:15 PM   #9
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Yeah with that tool they popped right out. No problems. I think it was like $7 at autozone. Handy tool to have around anyway.

Also I've heard those nuts get brittle with age. So being able to hold it with your hand instead of putting pliers on it lessens the risk of breaking them.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:19 PM   #10
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I keep a drawer full of those "Christmas tree" retainers.
I took mine off and painted them with Krylon fusion. It was too shiny, so I took them back off a couple weeks later and painted them with truck bed coating. A few months later I took them off and replaced them with aftermarket flares. I stupidly used the hardware that came with them, and they rusted within a couple months, so I replaced all the hardware with stainless.
The point is, if your hardware isn't too rusted, I personally would take them off to paint. I also removed my door handles to paint, and unbolted the fenders from the grill to paint it.
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I took mine off and painted them with Krylon fusion. It was too shiny, so I took them back off a couple weeks later and painted them with truck bed coating.
Krylon Fusion comes in a flat black color. Did you grab the gloss black by mistake?
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Krylon Fusion comes in a flat black color. Did you grab the gloss black by mistake?
Satin.

All of my parts that get painted I use Krylon Satin Black, but the satin Fusion was too shiny for the flares IMO
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Satin.
Oh geez, I didn't scroll down far enough on their page to even realize there was a satin finish.
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I used duplicolor flat black on mine. Paint job turned out good, but still too shiny. Still a huge improvement over that ugly faded grey though.

I'm probably going to use the bedliner textured stuff if i paint em again. I'm doing bedliner on some exterior stuff anyway. It will match better if i use that on the flares.
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I didn't have a problem taking mine off. You may not have stripped the screws though, there is a plastic rectuangular shaped nut on the back side that most of the screws secure with. I think 3 forward most ones screw directly into the body, the other 5 have nuts on the rear flares. They will free spin with the screw giving the appearance you stripped it.

On the rear fender flares, take that fender well piece out first so you can get your hand on the nuts on the back side. A door panel removal tool makes this much easier because it's held in with the same kind of plastic push pins. Once that's out of the way, you should be able to hold the nut with your hand while you back the screw out.

On the front flares you can reach all of the nuts without taking anything off. Again a few of the screws go into the body, while most have that plastic nut on the back.

It only takes about 5 minutes per flare to get them off this way.
Yeah the first couple were stripped for sure because they were going in to the body. The last one I tried had a nut and I cracked it so by then I was so frustrated I just taped em off.
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As has been noted, if the screws aren't too rusted, you will get a better job if you remove the flares to paint them.

A few of us here in sunny Fl got tired of sun faded flairs and used Krylon fusion (after cleaning and a lacquer thinner wipe-down) as a primer, satin works best and followed with a couple of light coats of Rust-oleum bed liner. Looks like the factory finish and stands up to trail rash. (And the sun)
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Yeah i will see how the old duplicolor holds up over the summer. If it fades i'm gonna use the rustoleum bedliner. I painted em back in december i think and they are still lookin good.
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Can't remember the size but I used a ratcheting wrench on the head and a shallow socket on the plastic rectangular nut.
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can't remember the size but i used a ratcheting wrench on the head and a shallow socket on the plastic rectangular nut.
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Taking them off Vs. keeping them on and masking to paint them?
I used the heat gun trick on mine. Quick and easy and they look good. As you get going with the heat gun it looks like your spraying paint from it.

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