Has anyone tried buying, ordering, painting ect their tops and fenders on a JK to match their body??? Or if you got it painted professionally how much it will cost?
Body colored fenders are made out of a much different plastic than the stock black ones. They feel much thinner and smooth like glass. No texture at all.Probably cheaper to have a shop paint them. Painting plastic fenders can be tricky as they have to be prepped correctly so there is no lifting over time. The JK fenders will leak the mold release agent over time lifting your paint job all the way down to the primer.
We tested some that we wanted to dip. We tried a liquid cleaning agent that is suppose to get the mold release agent out of the plastic but we had to "flame treat" them in order to get good adhesion.
With just the chemical cleaning the paint job lasted about 3 weeks before it started to lift. Flame treating was the only way we got it to last.
With that said I dont know what the factory does when they come painted from the factory...different plastic or what prep process they use.
Just be sure whoever paints them as some expierence in painting plastic. Most shops should be ok as they paint plastic bumpers etc everyday.
As for cost...
If I did it...
$1900 for the hard top and fenders.
Body colored fenders are made out of a much different plastic than the stock black ones. They feel much thinner and smooth like glass. No texture at all.
Thats pretty cheap...I would ask what kind of paint they are using as well as the tpe of clear.I'm actually in process of painting my khaki top black myself. I called body shop they wanted 650 to paint top only.
Professional job, they did the top, freedom panels, 4 fenders and 2 bumpers for $450. Has been on for 6 months and looks perfect. ( I should probably mention a friend runs the paint shop!!)
I was quoted under $500 to have a hard top painted flame red and for it to be smooth as silk.
Yeah but no way a bulk body shop is painting with chroma.I QT of red chromabase costs me $120.00. You will need maybe 2. Add in primer, sand paper, clear, labor...