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Old 01-21-2011, 02:03 PM   #1
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Painting Fenders? And Misc. Questions

I found new fenders at Daveys Jeeps for $100 each. Good deal but they are black primered. Anyone know how I should follow a guideline or something? They need to be black to match the '99. And does anyone know how I, a 16 year old, could work on my car? Like what can I do with no experience? Or how I can do upgrades. Thanks,
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:05 AM   #2
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Hi Ben-
I painted my flares last night. It was a quick and easy process. Just take your time doing the prep. I used Krylon Fusion Satin Black. This is what most of the guys on this recommended. I am very happy with it. I roughed them up with a green scotch brite pad. Wiped them down with ammonia then water. Let them dry. Then I did about 6 or 7 light coats. I hate runs and crappy looking paint. That is why I did so many coats.
As for being 16 and working on your car. I am not sure how age mnatters. I had my first car when I was 14 and that was a long time ago. I had two years to work on it before I could drive it. Just start cranking away. You will learn. Plus there are so many resources now.
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Find what ever it is you want to try and work on, take pictures as you go and don't question yourself. You won't do anything that can be undone. What ever mistakes you make, someone else has already done it.
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Are you wanting to paint the flares or fenders? Fenders will be a LOT more work and I wouldn't do it yourself unless you have a spray gun, etc. The flares are easy. I did mine in the summer with my dad. I'm 16 as well and trying to figure out how I can work on my jeep, but we don't have anything more than hand tools. Next on my list is a lift and tires I just have to find a way to install it.

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If it's the fenders, then it's REALLY advisable to have them painted at a body shop. Automotive painting can be tricky and expensive if you make mistakes. It's an art form and requires a lot of knowledge about proper prep, chemical mixtures, environmental issues, application, equipment and the list goes on and on. It's REALLY worth saving up for the services of a professional.

If it's just the flares, try a heat gun before painting. It works miracles and there are a number of threads on this forum that address that particular topic.

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Old 01-22-2011, 04:31 PM   #6
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I'm just going to replace flares because they are cracked and chipped. But I need to replace my fenders they're rusted through on the passenger side

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