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Old 12-28-2009
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Fender Flare Paint and Prep ...HELP!!!!!!!!

Okay ... imn trying to paint my stock fender flares and front bumper ... i need whatever advise you have for paint and prep without removing the parts ...PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!
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get a red skuff pad and skuff them till there not shinny then use a glass cleaner to clean them then spray a couple light coats then get a little heavier
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why can't you take them off? masking around 4 flares is going to be a pain in the ***
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just bein lazy but i guess i could take them off
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You're saving a lot of troubles if you just go ahead and take them off. Plus while you have the flares off clean behind them really well.
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okay cool ... how the he!! do ya take off the flares
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better do some dang good taping around those flares!!!
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i think i might just take them off but i have no clue how to do that
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as was said, take them off You are gonna have to mask almost the whole truck unless you want overspray on the whole thing.

scuff them with a grey scuff pad. red ones are very harsh and they are meant for priming, not painting over. you can do it wet or dry. if you do it wet, put a little soap in the water.

Wash them off. Dry them very well. Use a wax and grease remover from a paint store if you can get it. Its cheap at about $6 for a spray can. Spray it on, wipe it around and with a clean paper towel, wipe it off while its still wet. Glass cleaner can work, but it can stain and streak with certain kinds of paints, so i would avoid it to be safe.

Im assuming you are gonna rattle can it. Spray the first coat very light. You just want a pisser coat on there to make sure you cleaned it right. Let it sit for a couple minutes than go with a second, slightly heavier coat. Let that sit for a few minutes and if there are no reactions, then you can go with a nice medium coat. Let that one sit and give it one more. Most paints require 2 or 3 coats. So just check the can.

Let it dry for a while, slap flares and bumper back on and be happy.
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as far as how to take them off, there are a few threads that address that. I believe you just have to pull the clippy pins out of the wheel wells first, then the flares are just clipped in. THey are gonna be TIGHT so be forwarned.
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There is little arrow kind of tabs that hold them to the fenders. The easiest way i found was to give the end towards the front a good yank to pop it out and get it started, then i just worked my way down the flare pulling it back and using a flat head screw driver to push one side of the arrow tabs in and pop it out. You can also remove the tabs from the flare, i cant remember if the tabs slide up or down into the flare but i broke a few tabs attempting that so i wouldnt try that one.
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just out of curiousity. why do you want to paint already painted to match flares and front bumper? It would probably be a lot easier to find someone to trade with. you have a very common red.
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i would swap with you but you're too far lol that is if u even wanted to swap. Ill have an 01-03 "clone" very soon lol
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do yourself a favor and take them off....hell, i remove mine to wax my truck!
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THanks yall ... i wanna paint them flat black ... i might do the rockers sometime soon but for now just the flares , dome hood , front bumper and grille ... its gonna look sick ... ill post pics when im done
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Paint them in bedliner...textured is more gooder
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