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Cheap and easy way to give your stock fender flares a fresh look and get rid of the fading clearcoat and chipping paint. After researching I found that Krylon Fusion was the perfect paint to use as it requires no flex agent or adhesive promoter in order to paint flares like done by most body shops. Plus it is available at most, if not all hardware stores.

 

First, remove all your flares and try not to break off any of the studs. :brows: Then once you get them off, give them a good cleaning with soap and water.

 

Now to the most important step of the entire process.....prep. ALL sanding should be wet, not dry. Take a courser sandpaper (I used 220 grit) and "bevel" the top edge of each fender flare where it meets the body. Meaning take off the sharp edge that meets the body so it does not peel, as that would be the most likely spot for peeling to occur.

 

Edge that is to be beveled.

 

Then take a finer sandpaper (400-500g grit) and wet sand the entire outer surface of the flare that will be painted. You DO NOT need to take your flares down to bare plastic because the paint has no trouble bonding to the old paint, it just needs to be roughed up. And don't forget the underside either. Once you're done sanding the entire surface rinse the flare off with water and wipe off most off the residue with a papertowel.

 

Sanding process. Wet not dry!

 

Now that prep work is done wipe down with denatured alcohol or paint thinner and let the flare throughly dry for about 10 or 15 minutes.

 

Denatured alcohol.

 

Now for the fun part......painting! :clapping: I used Krylon Fusion Mettallic Shimmer for my paint, but there are a bunch of other colors to choose from just look on Krylon's website for them. And its not necessary, but an attachment to put ontop of the can is a nice way to make sure u have a nice even spray.

 

KRYLON FUSION COLORS

 

Fusion.

 

Attachment thingy (available at most hardware stores I'm sure).

 

IMPORTANT: Make sure that the first coat of paint is an extremely thin coat! You should still be able to see through to the original color of the flare. The reason behind the first coat being thin is that the paint bonds to itself easier than to the old paint, trust me don't put on a heavy coat first. :shake:

 

Still can see red through after the first coat.

 

The paint dries very fast and you can recoat in about 5-10 minutes. After the first coat go ahead and put on a second medium coat and then top it off with a nice heavy 3rd coat. And don't forget to paint the inside again. Once your all done painting the results are incredible for spray paint IMHO. Pics don't lie. :banana:

 

Before.

 

After. :D

 

All four painted.

 

And again.

 

And again.

 

Close up.

 

One of the best things I did to improve the appearance of my truck. All in all, the work was straightforward and didn't take all that long. I only used about 2.5 cans of paint, each can costing about $5 a piece. So for $15 I think its a really good upgrade. :thumbsup:

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Sorry guys they're still sitting in the garage waiting to be put on. ;) I'm getting my whole truck painted, and once that's done in a week or two, I'll make sure to post up pics of them on. :thumbsup:

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Sorry guys they're still sitting in the garage waiting to be put on. ;) I'm getting my whole truck painted, and once that's done in a week or two, I'll make sure to post up pics of them on. :thumbsup:

 

It has now been a couple of months. Did the truck get painted yet and the flairs re-installed??? Inquiring minds want to know!!!

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Yes I got my truck back a few days ago, but there are much more important tasks to be done before the flares go back on such as putting the gas tank back in and getting her running. I'll probably start a build thread tonight and just watch the drool pour out of your guys' mouth! :brows:

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Painted the bottom of the body the same color too. Kyrlon Fusion FTW baby!!!!! jamminz.gif

 

 

 

 

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