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Old June 28th, 2013, 12:09 PM
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Fender Flare Re-do

Someone posted a link to this process, from discoweb, in another thread. I thought some folks would benefit from having it here on this forum. (Again, this is courtesy of a discoweb member)

1. The aftermarket flares that are available are ridiculously glossy, and don't look proper on a Defender.

2. For starters, hit the fender with 180-grit to give the paint a good surface to adhere to. When sanding, make sure to wrap the corners of the flare to keep the paint from chipping at the edges.

3. This is the paint I use. You can find it at Advance Auto Parts for about $10 per can. Two cans should do four flares.

4. After cleaning the flare with solvent to remove any dirt/sanding dust, spray the fender, keeping the can 12-16" away. This will give it a nice textured finish.

5. Once the paint dries it will flatten out quite a bit. I then follow up with this stuff, also available at Advance for about $6 a can. Just a coat or two will do the trick and seal everything up nicely.

6. Once its all done, the fender will look like this.

7. Once its all done, the fender will look like this.

8. And of course on the truck.
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Old July 24th, 2013, 10:57 AM
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Thanks for posting this up here, Jonny. I just saw the post over on discoweb by Ash and was about to post it up over here, when I found this through a quick search. It looks like a quick and easy job, and I have a set of sand paper flares (similar to as seen on the left in pic 7 above) that I had thought were going to be matte finish when I bought them. I'm not a huge fan of the sand paper finish, and they scuff up really easily, so I'm looking to do this little project in the next few weeks.

Here are the flares on my truck right now, and the extra ones I've been stalling to install on my new fenders, just because I'm not a huge fan of the finish.
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Old July 24th, 2013, 02:44 PM
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I use that same bedliner spray can on my dualsports. Works great. After a hard ride you just spray again and looks great. Tough stuff. I do like the idea of the second application of sealer.
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Old July 24th, 2013, 03:36 PM
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I bought what I needed to do this project, but just have not had the time. Planning on doing it soon also. My flares look about like the ones in the pics posted. I defintely don't want the shiny look.
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Old July 24th, 2013, 04:07 PM
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I used similar products on mine but as whitelandy33 implied, you will need to re-do periodically. On my truck there is a reasonable amount of chipping but that is also related to me rubbing them against trees and rocks!
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Old July 24th, 2013, 04:54 PM
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If you left them glossy, how long would it take to weather into a dull finish?
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Old July 24th, 2013, 04:57 PM
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I believe the gloss is actually hard plastic, meaning that the dull finish you're describing would not eventually appear as result of weathering.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 12:30 AM
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This should be made a sticky ...
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 03:34 PM
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So a little update on this. I was having some paint failure issues on my rig, and decided to get my truck painted. I wound up taking all the plastic stuff off the front of my truck as well as my flares. I am going to paint the flares tonight, but I have already used the bumper paint to hit the grill, light cover panels, and top plastic breath grills. So far I think this is really going to bring some new life into my old truck for sure.
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 03:40 PM
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So a little update on this. I was having some paint failure issues on my rig, and decided to get my truck painted. I wound up taking all the plastic stuff off the front of my truck as well as my flares. I am going to paint the flares tonight, but I have already used the bumper paint to hit the grill, light cover panels, and top plastic breath grills. So far I think this is really going to bring some new life into my old truck for sure.
pics?
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 04:01 PM
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I can report that my flares took about a year of abuse before the paint started chipping/cracking off. I can snap some pics this weekend but did a similar process of sanding followed by truck bed coating and bumper coating. That being said, I also rub mine against trees as often as possible too!
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Old October 4th, 2013, 03:36 PM
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Glad you guys were able to find that useful. I've been using this paint on the Pelican cases I keep on my KTM for a while now and have been quite happy with how it holds up.

One thing to be aware of is that Duplicolor has offered a new water-based bedliner that goes on like absolute garbage. Make sure to grab the blue can and not the black one.
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Old October 4th, 2013, 04:02 PM
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Where did you guys buy the aftermarket flares from? price?
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Old October 4th, 2013, 04:10 PM
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Rovahfarm sells arches (non-shiny, non-OEM textured) for around $75 each front, $45 each rear.

Keep in mind, this is "molded-in" texture and not the textured finish found on the OEM flares.
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I bought them mine from Lucky8 - they're plastic, not too shiny and I think will weather fine.
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This is helpful
Has anyone stripped off a bad overspray from the eyebrows..before I bring back to matte black?
How to do that?
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This is helpful
Has anyone stripped off a bad overspray from the eyebrows..before I bring back to matte black?
How to do that?
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Get some Prepsol or similar, use one of the green ScotchBrite pads, and a little elbow grease and it'll take the overspray right off.
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One thing about the black plastic shiny plastic arches is that they are made of ABS plastic.

This means that they can be repaired with acetone and ABS chips.
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