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Tube fenders
Started my tube fender project
May 8, 2018
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Jeff_R
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Today I started to install my Genright front and rear tube fenders and rear corner guards on my TJ. Hopefully this project goes well! My biggest dilemma is whether to powder coat them with a color matched powder coat or just go with black. When I powder coated my interior roll cage we got close but it is not an exact color match. My concern is that if I can't find an exact color match then the red powder coated fender and corner guard will look like crap next to the original red paint. If I go with black then my tub will be black due to the corner guards. The first pic is my progress and the other two pics are of Jeeps off of the internet to show color options. Opinions or advice?

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May 8, 2018
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Powder coat the whole jeep! 

May 9, 2018
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Black, because, you know...

May 9, 2018
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I like the black on red makes it look mean

May 9, 2018
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Option 3, color match paint everything and then tape off and paint the fenders black with paint or bedliner

May 9, 2018
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Best option is to have them painted to match. Then tape and spray the tubes satin black. Then it's an easy touch up after rub marks and scratches from the trails. Looks good that way too.

I used to wheel a lot. . .

May 9, 2018
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One tube fender test fit install done, three more and two corner guards to go. At this rate I should be ready for the first snow run this fall.wink

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May 10, 2018
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Forget painting, just leave them aluminum! It's the future! ūüôā

May 11, 2018
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Color match and feather in with auto paint, it probably would cost about same as powder coating. 

May 12, 2018
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Jeff_R said
One tube fender test fit install done, three more and two corner guards to go. At this rate I should be ready for the first snow run this fall.wink

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Jeff_R said
One tube fender test fit install done, three more and two corner guards to go. At this rate I should be ready for the first snow run this fall.wink

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The tube fender are fine & all that, but what about showing the club stickers?

May 12, 2018
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Guy and Lynda said

  

The tube fender are fine & all that, but what about showing the club stickers?

I have to get new stickers and relocate all of them!

May 13, 2018
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JohnDF said
Best option is to have them painted to match. Then tape and spray the tubes satin black. Then it's an easy touch up after rub marks and scratches from the trails. Looks good that way too.  

Go this route. Easy maintenance going forward. 

 

First fender looks good. Good luck with your build. Took me a long time to do my fenders. Work, life, kids always come first. 

Semper Fi

May 16, 2018
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Making progress. Corner guards, front and rear tube fenders installed. Just need to do some fine tuning before I remove them for painting or powder coating.

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Looks sharp Jeff! Seeing the progress, I am leaning towards color match.

May 16, 2018
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I still think black on red and call her the black widow...

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May 16, 2018
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I will be talking to my paint guy this week. I'm leaning towards John's suggestion of color matching to the body and then paint the tubes black.

May 16, 2018
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Looks really good!

Um...what?

May 16, 2018
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Gregulator said
Looks really good!  

Thanks Greg. One of the hardest parts was cutting the front fender wells, cutting a corner off of the battery trays and pounding out the wheel wells as recommended in the instructions and online videos. It doesn't look very pretty in the front fender wells! I guess that's why some people get the Genright fender wells. I'm hoping I can clean up that part of it up so it looks a little better and so there a hole in the wheel well that will enable mud to enter the engine compartment.

May 16, 2018
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Looking great Jeff!!!

I know it's a lot of work to get them installed but they are so worth it.

I used to wheel a lot. . .

May 17, 2018
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They look very cool 

May 17, 2018
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Tha

Gilbert & Betty said
They look very cool   

Thanks!

May 18, 2018
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Looks good Jeff!

May 18, 2018
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richfroh said
Looks good Jeff!  

Thanks Rich. I wish I had your skills but it seems to be coming along.

May 19, 2018
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Looking good. Looks like you'll be ready for a Fordyce run! wink

May 23, 2018
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I now have the tube fenders and corner guards off and ready for painting or powder coating. I got an estimate of $1000 for painting and powder coating estimates from $150 to $500 to coat them red. Although the red is close it isn't an exact color match. I'm concerned that the different shade of red of the front and rear tube fenders and corner guards will look very obvious in contrast to the original color of the doors and hood once installed. I think I'm going to have them do the corner guards red and the tube fenders black. If the red corner guards on the tub don't exactly match then I don't think it will stand out nearly as much as it would if I did everything in red. thinkingSo off the to powder coaters they go later today!

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