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Old 03-07-2012, 06:23 PM   #1
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Painting fender flares

Hey guys...I have a few questions about painting my stock FF's. I'm on a budget but I eventually want to invest in the fenders that are actually bars (I can't remember the name but my dad showed me them) but they are pricey and involve cutting out some pieces (again I'm not sure exactly what). Besides the point, my stock fenders are really rank looking right now and I want to paint them black along with my white stripe on the side of the jeep. My dad is saying no the paint will chip, but my moms boyfriend went to school for auto body and worked in a shop a couple of years and says he knows what to do. I wanted to consult WF because I figure you guys know your jeep talk and maybe you guys could send your opinion? Also if I do this what type of paint, or tube liner/bed liner I should use?

Any advise would be great. Thanks in advance!!

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Old 03-07-2012, 06:59 PM   #2
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Plasti Dip / Rustoleum Bed Liner / Krylon Fusion are what most are using.
A search on the Subject will reveal a lot of information and HOW TO's on
this very Subject.

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Old 03-07-2012, 07:05 PM   #3
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Mask around your flares with newspaper to protect the body from overspray and hit them with a couple coats of krylon fusion in flat black. It'll make them look like new again i did it to my old tj and it looked great. Krylon fusion bonds to the plastic so it wont chip off.
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Krylon Fusion in either a flat or satin black works wonders. Slide some index cards, file folders, or other thincardboard between the flares and the metal and spray away. Several thin coats usually turns out better than one thick one. I've had mine sprayed for over 6 months and trees don't hardly make a scratch, and definitely no chipping.

+1 on CoyoteOn2's advice of searching the forum - lots of good advice and how-to's with pics.

Good luck, and post pics!
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:05 PM   #5
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I did the plastic dip I liked it but I think using a heat gun or torch is a lot easier just runs a heat gun along the plastic and watch it turn black like ur painting it
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Just did this. Scroll down a few post for the pics.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/trea...nt-143964.html
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Krylon Fusion in either a flat or satin black works wonders. Slide some index cards, file folders, or other thincardboard between the flares and the metal and spray away. Several thin coats usually turns out better than one thick one. I've had mine sprayed for over 6 months and trees don't hardly make a scratch, and definitely no chipping.

+1 on CoyoteOn2's advice of searching the forum - lots of good advice and how-to's with pics.

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Reminds me satin black is actually what i used, not flat black.

Was thinking of going the heat gun route but i didnt have one and realized buying a heat gun would cost a lot more than a couple cans of krylon fusion.

I had mine painted for 3+ years before i sold it and the flares looked as good when i sold it as when i first painted them.
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Reminds me satin black is actually what i used, not flat black.

Was thinking of going the heat gun route but i didnt have one and realized buying a heat gun would cost a lot more than a couple cans of krylon fusion.

I had mine painted for 3+ years before i sold it and the flares looked as good when i sold it as when i first painted them.
I didn't want to buy one either I just went to a weld shop and paid one of the Guys to go over it wit the torch lol 10 bucks
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First time i painted my flares I didnt prep them good enough and the spray can benliner looked pretty sad. This week I wet sanded everything with 280 and rolled on the rustoleum bedliner with a paint brush and a cheap 3 inch roller kit from walmart. Bottom line to it is how good you prep the surface before you apply paint.
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I plasti-dipped my fenders matte black and they look great in my red jeep, it doesn't fade easily (lasted a whole summer under the Arizona sun without fading), and it's easy to apply and fix if you make mistakes.
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First time i painted my flares I didnt prep them good enough and the spray can benliner looked pretty sad. This week I wet sanded everything with 280 and rolled on the rustoleum bedliner with a paint brush and a cheap 3 inch roller kit from walmart. Bottom line to it is how good you prep the surface before you apply paint.
This is a good point that I forgot to mention. Prep the flares with some fine grit sand paper (I used 220) and then clean with a tack cloth to remove the dust before spraying. Prep work makes all the difference.
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Wow guys thanks for all the great feedback. Seriously appreciated! I will re-read when I'm not half asleep and start some serious research on this. Wanna get it done right the first time for once!
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If you are going to take them off to do the work make sure and get a ratcheting wrench. It will save you a lot of time. I have taken mine off twice, I think next time I will just try to sand and paint them while still on the jeep.
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If you are going to take them off to do the work make sure and get a ratcheting wrench. It will save you a lot of time. I have taken mine off twice, I think next time I will just try to sand and paint them while still on the jeep.
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So Krylon works the best? My Jeep also has some faded flares, what is wet-sanding? Is there any prep work that needs done, or can i just spray them?
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So Krylon works the best? My Jeep also has some faded flares, what is wet-sanding? Is there any prep work that needs done, or can i just spray them?
Wet sanding is just that. Spray some water on the flare and wet the sand paper. Spray water on the flare while sanding. I used krylon fusion satin black when I first did my flares, but after I trimmed them flat I reprinted them with gloss black. It looks better to me IMHO. I didn't worry about sanding them though. Just cleaned them real good and rubbed them down with alcohol before painting. Turned out great!
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It's pollen season already here in Ga so they're a little dusty but this is the gloss black and trim job.

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Wet sanding is just that. Spray some water on the flare and wet the sand paper. Spray water on the flare while sanding.
There are specific types of sand paper designed for wet sanding, usually in the finer grits. If you take an every-day run-of-the-mill sand paper from Lowe's or Home Depot, it will just turn into a mushy mess. I used a 220 grit dry paper before spraying a few coats on with the Krylon fusion and it is holding up really well. More importantly than sanding is cleaning the flares before painting - a tack cloth or rubbing alcohol are 2 good choices.
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If you are going to take them off to do the work make sure and get a ratcheting wrench. It will save you a lot of time. I have taken mine off twice, I think next time I will just try to sand and paint them while still on the jeep.
I say if you aren't replacing them, leave them on to paint. Those things are awful to remove.
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No need to use any primer? Just sand and spray on paint right away?

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