Painting Fiberglass Questions/So.Az. question

Tim

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I am going get my fiberglass fenders painted. I was curious if there is anything I need to tell the people who are painting it that is unique to fiberglass?(different paint, treatment?) Is there anything that I should do to the fenders so that they will look good or to save myself a few bucks?(should I sand them smooth or let them do it?)
And for any So. Az. people, I am in Tucson but Phoenix would be cool too, are there any places that anyone can recommend that are good or at least cheap!? Tim, thanks in advance!
 

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IF they do not know how to prep and paint fiberglass I would suggest taking it elsewhere. Any compotent body shop should have no problems doing a good job.

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Tim

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whats a good price?
 

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150-200 Solid color with prep/base/clear.

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Tim

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right on, thanks!
Should I make sure they use factory paint since its a relatively new truck?
 

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They should be able to color match in house, if not, they will more than likely feather the the doors and the hood. This way the average person will not be able to tell the truck has two different colors on it.
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Chris

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A reputable shop should blend the paint into the doors and hood no matter what, if you don't no matter how new the paint on the truck is it wont really match, unless you are talking about a white truck.
 

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You may want to try EURO-TEK in N. Phoenix. Check with them, they are a disco drop shop however they do, do good work. Send me a PM and I may be able to get you a discount there also.

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Tim

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Thanks, I'll look them up and see what it would run and I'll pm you if thats the way I head. Tim
 

Josh_Bethmann

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Very true Chris, however, white can be hard to color match. Even white has its various shades. Some bright, other pearl or opaque. Some dirty depending on how you drive. Some makers add pigment of another hue just to make there's original.

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You may want to have the insides of the fiberglass spryed with line-x. It is like duraliner, but a has a little mor flex. It helps keep the fiberglass from cracking over time.

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Tim

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I've heard of people doing that. Is there a kind that I can buy and put on myself that will work good too? I figure that way any part of my undercarriage or anything else that keeps getting pelted with rocks could get a coat to protect it. Tim
 

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I painted my fenders myself, I just sanded them with a very fine sandpaper i forgot which grit I used. and then it just paints pretty much like metal. primer then sanding then the color pain and more sanding then clear coat if necessary for your aplication then sanding again then buffout with a medium compound then buff out with a fine cutting compound. then it should be good to go. of course when you do it yourself you can keep doing it over till you get it just right.

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Tim

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Thanks, what about getting the right paint. Do you have your own sprayer? Tim
 

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The guy who paints our race truck told me not even to bother with having mine painted. He told me that it would not be worth it since my trucks gets used a lot and matching the red would be expensive plus the clear coat.I rattle canned them with a paint from Pep Boys that matched my door code and they look fine and our paint guy siad that is the best thing to do. He said people with trucks that get used a lot and come inhere to get thempainted I usually tell them it's not really worth it...but he is a high end body guy and doesnt really make money off little jobs like this either. I attached a pic and you can see how mine came out, it's a little dirty after being home from a race, but you can see it's looks fine.

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Tim

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Wow, that looks pretty good. So your saying that any pepboys carries the exact paint which is gotten by the paint code on the door frame? Did you clear coat it afterward? Thanks, Tim
 

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Yeah it is at any big auto parts store. I forget the name, but it works good. If your truck has a clearcoat then you use it, if not you dont have to. When I did mine the clear coat ran a bit and I still have not gotten around to sanding it smooth and color sanding it. For $20 it's worth a shot.

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