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Old 10-09-2012, 08:26 PM   #1
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Painting Whhel Fairs with Bedliner

I'm getting ready to coat my faded factor wheel flairs with duplicolor bed liner. I'm wondering if anyone can make recommendations on how to prep the plastic wheel flairs???

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I painted my 99 fenders and it only lasted about 8 months before it started peeling, but I didn't prep the fenders. Now I just armor all them now and they last about a month. Easy and only takes a min to wipe them down. That's my .02

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I sanded mine down and washed em afterwards, worked well so far but its only been on there two months. I used rustoleum liner and the cans are so cheap and it only took a day to do it i wouldn't be too upset if i had to redo them but i think it is on there pretty solid, I've scrubbed them down when i wash it and they seem to hold up fine.
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I scrubbed mine with dish soap and water with a red scotchbrite pad, then wiped down well with rubbing alcohol.
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Going on year 2 for ours. Removed flares, and front side markers. Scrubbed with soapy water. Rinse. Sanded with 320 sandpaper. Wiped down with wax and grease remover.

4 LIGHT coats of Duplicolor, with 15 minutes of flash time between coats. It was 90 degrees outside so if it's cooler, extend the dry times. LIGHT coats, too heavy and it will loose the texture and even run.

Sat less then an hour in the sun, and reinstalled em.

Those and the rear tub are like new, even with a pair of big old mutts in the back, and my wife's driving record.

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[...]4 LIGHT coats of Duplicolor, with 15 minutes of flash time between coats[...]
Duplicolor truck bed liner, or regular Duplicolor spray paint? Thanks.
(I assumed you meant the liner?)

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Duplicolor truck bed liner, or regular Duplicolor spray paint? Thanks.
(I assumed you meant the liner?)

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Duplicolor spray bed liner....just used it on the tops of my front fenders ....says to apply 3 -4 light coats ...good luck with that ...stuff sprays out in blobs so not sure what they consider a "light coat"? finished product texture looks good...some color deviation that is some spots look darker than others
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Did mine a couple months ago with Rustoleum bed liner in a can. I learned after the first flare that the trick is a couple or 3 very light coats. You get nice even coverage that way with minimal drips. The prep work was 90% of the battle. I washed the flares with Dawn dish soap, dried them well, sanded with 400 grit, then wiped them down with mineral spirits and masked with painters tape and old newspaper. After all that, the painting itself was a piece of cake.
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Did mine a couple months ago with Rustoleum bed liner in a can. I learned after the first flare that the trick is a couple or 3 very light coats. You get nice even coverage that way with minimal drips. The prep work was 90% of the battle. I washed the flares with Dawn dish soap, dried them well, sanded with 400 grit, then wiped them down with mineral spirits and masked with painters tape and old newspaper. After all that, the painting itself was a piece of cake.
I have used both the Rustoleum and the Duplicolor spray in the can now.
The Rustoleum is much finer and does not clog or splatter a 10th as much as the Duplicolor which comes out very unevenly and in lots of globs, makes it harder to ensure full coverage without putting on a lot in each cycle ...it goes on a lot thicker and unevenly and the end texture after it all settles is somewhat coarser ...
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Why not just use Krylon Fusion for Plastic. Alot less prep work...and it has no trouble adhearing and lasting on flares. I know some try to use bedliner or plastidip because they already have it, but makes a freakin mess if not prepped correctly, plus it peals in time anyways.
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I sanded mine down with 220 wetsand paper and cleaned with acetone.

2 good coats of Rustoleum Bedliner. 1 can did all four flares and couldn't be happier

My wheels, bumpers, swing-away and sliders are all done the same way and I love it. Easy touch up too.


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^^^ That looks great!!!
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Looks great

Any Canadians know where to get Rustolium Spray on Bedliner in Ontario? I can't seem to find it in any stores around here
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Going on year 2 for ours. Removed flares, and front side markers. Scrubbed with soapy water. Rinse. Sanded with 320 sandpaper. Wiped down with wax and grease remover.

4 LIGHT coats of Duplicolor, with 15 minutes of flash time between coats. It was 90 degrees outside so if it's cooler, extend the dry times. LIGHT coats, too heavy and it will loose the texture and even run.

Sat less then an hour in the sun, and reinstalled em.

Those and the rear tub are like new, even with a pair of big old mutts in the back, and my wife's driving record.

Prep Prep Prep, can't say it enough.
x2 except I used rustolium. 8 months and look like new
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Looks great

Any Canadians know where to get Rustolium Spray on Bedliner in Ontario? I can't seem to find it in any stores around here
You can get it at HD in the US so they might have it there. Otherwise check out the larger auto parts chains......maybe spend a few of those Canadian Tire bucks !!
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You can get it at HD in the US so they might have it there. Otherwise check out the larger auto parts chains......maybe spend a few of those Canadian Tire bucks !!
After using Duplicolor and Rustoleum I'm not thinking Duplicolor would be good for vertical surfaces. It is hard not to put on thick, comes out in globs, and I would think therefore hard to hold on the vertical surface and prone to runs......not proven but my suspicion . Also it is considerably more expensive
I think I'm going to change my mind and use the Rustoleum for my flairs
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^^^ Me too.
Everywhere I looked at customer reviews, they seemed to say the same thing--that Rustoleum sprays out of the can better than Duplicolor.
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hmmm, I've been to a few CTs and HD here and none have it, I need to keep looking I guess
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You need an adhesion promoter! Dupli has one. You will want to clean your flares with rubbing alchohol first. You can use a grey scuff pad to prep the surface...apply the adhesion promoter, then I would prime too...use a black primer, then I'd use the rubberized undercoating....it's easy to get paint to stick to anything....it's getting it to stay stuck that can be tricky...so prep is key! Also, be careful how much you flex them if you remove them...flexing can cause the paint to lift...
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Walmart carries Rustoleum Bedliner for $7.50 a can. They have the Rollin junk too but don't use it if you want a good even texture

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