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Old June 20th, 2013, 12:52 AM
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Painting Front Fenders

Do I really need to disassemble the front fender in order to paint. I know that I don't have to, but should I? I am thinking of painting all sections as just one piece. Thoughts or comments?
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Take it apart or it will look like shit and crack if you take it apart later. Ask me how I know.

Not hard to get the side off and the front is welded on.
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Old June 20th, 2013, 09:59 AM
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It is hard to get paint into the seam between the top and the sides. Body shops do it all of the time however. Evilfij makes a good point in that to do a quality job taking them apart is better. If you take them apart you can also paint the parts that have a tendency to corrode, the area that connects one piece to the other. You can also replace the bolts etc..
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So the recommendation is to separate all 3 parts, or just the side/top?
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Do I really need to disassemble the front fender in order to paint. I know that I don't have to, but should I? I am thinking of painting all sections as just one piece. Thoughts or comments?

I just sprayed a pair a week ago. I had just the inner and outer skin and I used a folded sheet of 800 grit to sand the seam and then blew it out with compressed air and then came back and ran a straight edge razor down it in places to clean it further. Turned out nicesly. My biggest suggestion would be to blow stuff off completely as once you light up the gun any dust will end up in your paint.

You could spray them with the inner fender bolted in but I removed them for ease of moving them around and sanding-its three or four bolts depending on whether or not Clive put them all in @ Solihull
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