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LouieDelTorchio 03-10-2012 01:18 PM

Painting Fender Flares
I'm painting my fender flares probably tomorrow, I'm going to buy Krylon Fusion tonight. My fender flares are starting to fade a little and was wondering how much sanding i need to do before painting. Last time i sanded for literally hours, but my brother said you just have to scuff it up. Any suggestions?

wwch99tj 03-10-2012 02:27 PM

Get the loose paint off and make sure the rest is scuffed good

That's the reason I bought sahara flares I got tired of painting my old flares

Gate53 03-10-2012 02:31 PM

As the last guy said just get anything loose off and scuff them up a bit (not rough but not totally smooth) and use the Krylon it seems to last I'm going on two years and it still looks like new. You might grab a tack cloth to make sure all the dust is off too.

doughenry 03-10-2012 06:45 PM

I just used rustolem texture from lowes it cost like 6 bucks for a can.Man this stuff looks awsome!I used 220 sandpaper and all I really did was lightly scuffed on the fenders,the out come really was surprising.

brown.jasonc 03-10-2012 08:42 PM

I just did this today, and though it took awhile, the result was worth it. I washed the area thoroughly and let it dry. Taped off the area including the tires. Then started spraying. I ended up using 2 cans and probably 5 coats. I found very early that you need to do many light coats instead of a few heavy coats. The runs and build up will be obnoxious otherwise and you will have to wait at least an hour for the paint to dry enough to sand back down again. Save yourself the time and just do light coats. It takes 15 mins to dry enough to add another coat.

Other then prep the process was really easy. Taping everything off was the worse part and even that was just time consuming, not terribly bad. Good luck!

bucsman76 04-04-2012 09:18 PM


Originally Posted by doughenry (Post 2126053)
I just used rustolem texture from lowes it cost like 6 bucks for a can.Man this stuff looks awsome!I used 220 sandpaper and all I really did was lightly scuffed on the fenders,the out come really was surprising.

You got a picture? I'm planning on doing my lady's TJ and want to see how yours turned out. Thanks.

Familyman22 04-04-2012 10:49 PM

I just did this three weeks ago. I have a 200 TJ, and my fenders were shot. All I did was buy a sandpaper sponge block, light grit, and sanded them lightly, there is no need to sand for hours, you'll just waste your time. As brown.jasonc said, dont use heavy coats, if you end up getting a run, (which I did) its realy tough to get it sanded down and look right. I had to wait or it to dry, and then sand a big spot down to try to blend it in. It sucked, so make sure you take your time, even light coats, and it will turn out great. I'm proud of mine, they look great. Krylon Fusion is about 5 dollars a can and I used 2 cans, one on each side of the vehicle.
Taping off the fenders and the tires is a great choice. Be sure to use painters tape, so that it doesn't leave any residue, and tape plenty of newspaper over the factory paint and accessories so that any over spray doesn't ruin the factory paint. I tried removing my fenders, but it is really tough, and the screws are usually pretty weathered. Best advice is take your time, mask and tape everything well, and use even light coats.

stokedboarder87 05-05-2015 07:57 AM

Just painted mine last night and another trick that helped great for me was sticking playing cards between the body and flares. Worked great

Rafe 05-05-2015 09:23 AM

I removed the small horizontal flares on each side and experimented with different paints, lightly sanded with 120 grit, washed with Simple Green and dried thoroughly.

Rustoleum Trim Paint flat black: Gave the plastic a very dark greenish hue, definitely not black, doesn't seem to stick well.

Rustoleum Bedcoating Paint black: Piece 1: Very black but seems to have a metallic sheen in the sun. Piece 2: Light sanding of the previous Trim Paint produced an eggshell texture, looked crappy.

Rustoleum Satin Paint black: Best overall look as far as color and sheen and won't grab a sponge or cloth while washing the way the Bedliner paint did.

I'll be doing all the flares in Satin Black as it was the winner for what I wanted in look and texture. I did like the bedliner "feel" but the metallic sheen didn't work for me on a forest green jeep, maybe it would look better on a different colored tub.

Steamish 05-05-2015 10:10 AM

Krylon Fusion satin black

Used it on my ZJ cladding and most plastic bits on my TJ, outstanding adhesion to plastic! Takes a while to completely cure though

Tj kid 05-05-2015 11:26 AM

I found out the hard way not to use primer. The rear fenders are chipping and showing the primer after about 500 miles

Ghoti 05-17-2015 01:11 AM

I just got done doing this with bedliner paint.

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