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Fender Paint Chips

Postby JohnF » Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:46 pm

I tow my TT with a Wrangler and the small stones that seem to get thrown up chip the front half of the fenders of the Cubby. I stripped the paint and am going to try epoxy appliance paint which should be tougher, but it seems only available in white..I would prefer red.

What paint has worked for you? I don't want to put "mud guards" on the Wrangler which I know would stop some of the flying rocks.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Postby PaulC » Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:50 pm

John, This an ongoing problem that I have. After each big outback trek I remove the fenders (mudgaurds over here) and have them powder coated. I'm thinking of placing a rubber protection mat on the front of them to stop it happening.
The only thing that puts me off, is the potential for ricochet onto the body.

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Postby apratt » Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:54 pm

Wouldn't having the fenders coated with Line-x or Rhino coatings solve your problems permantly? JMHO.
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Postby Gerdo » Mon Oct 30, 2006 5:51 pm

I used the rattle can truck bed covering. It looked great going on. It had a reaction with the paint that was on the fender. It bubbled and all pealed off. It softened the paint, best paint stripper I've ever used. I screpped it all down to bare metal. Primed, spraypainted. I touch up when it gets chipped. I may, next year, take it to get professionaly spray bed coated.
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Re: Fender Paint Chips

Postby steve wolverton » Mon Oct 30, 2006 6:37 pm

JohnF wrote:I tow my TT with a Wrangler and the small stones that


Are you running aggressive tires? I used to hit cars with rocks that were in front of my Jeep.
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Postby BrwBier » Mon Oct 30, 2006 8:12 pm

What about using "stone guard". It's a clear plastic shield that goes on affter the paint to stop chipping. I know a lot of GM trucks have this on the lower fenders. It is almost invisible.
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Postby halfdome, Danny » Mon Oct 30, 2006 9:12 pm

Why not use those small after market mud flaps on your tow vehicle. :) Danny
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Postby emiller » Mon Oct 30, 2006 10:39 pm

BrwBier wrote:What about using "stone guard". It's a clear plastic shield that goes on affter the paint to stop chipping. I know a lot of GM trucks have this on the lower fenders. It is almost invisible.
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I ordered from clear mask and this stuff works great, and it's clear. My fenders are copper and where the clear film is on no chips. It's easy to apply and was originally made for leading edge of helicopter rotor blades.
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Re: Fender Paint Chips

Postby exminnesotaboy » Mon Oct 30, 2006 11:02 pm

The first tow(less than 50 miles) with our Subaru Forester yielded many small chips to our fenders. We were on all tar roads. Granted, my rattlecan paintjob of about 4 coats wasn't professional, but it showed that I need to take it to another level.

I had mine Line-X'd for 75$ and they have held up fantastic. I now tow with my Jeep Wrangler and they have held up for several short trips just fine.
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Stone Guard Source?

Postby JohnF » Tue Oct 31, 2006 9:32 pm

Where could I find Stone Guard? It sounds about what I need.
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Postby halfdome, Danny » Tue Oct 31, 2006 9:46 pm

This is what I'm planning on installing on my tow vehicle so I won't throw stones at my tear. Danny
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This is available from Cabellas.com
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Postby JohnF » Fri Nov 03, 2006 11:40 am

Thanks for the suggestions. I found the plastic protective material at Cabellas OK but when I went to order it they wanted $19.99 plus $6.75 to ship it.

Thats around 34% of the price just to send it.

I found the identical item at AutoBarn.com for $13.95 and $6 to ship it.

Difference? Two beers at least ! (or consider it free shipping.)
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