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Dull paint on fender flares - normal or ?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by lbridges, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. Apr 17, 2011 at 9:58 AM
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    lbridges

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    I have a 2011 DC in Speedway Blue. The fender flares have an obviously different level of paint sheen.

    I searched (probably not very good at it) and found the following post on the topic.

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/21870-tacoma-paint-orangepeel.html

    The answer in the post above (for those who don't want to click) is that it's deliberately dull as a form of paint protection against rock chips on the highway. I think Toyota typically puts that clear vinyl stuff over places they think will get rock chips, and I don't think the top of a fender flare is a big risk area. So without further data I don't know if I should believe this is normal (as responded to above) or ???

    I also found an old TSB (2005?) that had dealers do a light sand and re-clear.

    Before I go into battle with my dealer, am I expecting too much for the fender flares to match the hood/sides (in shine, the color is perfect)? Do your fender flares (for those color-matched) differ in sheen/shine from the body?
     
  2. Apr 17, 2011 at 10:11 AM
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    Normal due to the porous plastic that's underneath.
     
  3. Apr 17, 2011 at 11:53 AM
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    One of the reasons I was glad to find one of the rare PreRunner Tacomas with a TRD OR Package with stock unpainted flares.

    The painted Tupperware looks like an after market bad paint job. Have not seen an exception yet, From an asthetic standpoing and being a truck the plain jane Tupperware looks more brawny as well.

    If I was buying new I would buy the Pre Runner base with the unpainted flares and build it from there...I hate the color matched everything. Looks like a "Limited" edition which is fine for 4 Runners but not on trucks for me anyway.
     
  4. Apr 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM
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    I have 2010 OR and they came unpainted. But after I hit a deer and rippedd one off. The dealer said they couldn't color match so I had them paint all the dull ones to match. Which worked out for me since I was gonna have them done sometime out of pocket.
     
  5. Apr 17, 2011 at 1:18 PM
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    Thanks all... I don't accept that they should be "dull" compared to sheet metal since bumpers have managed a decent sheen for years now, but I will forgo my 50 mile trip to the dealer to complain. I assume they would turn me down, and show me every other color-matched Tacoma on the lot as their reason why.
     
  6. Apr 17, 2011 at 5:38 PM
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    TSB (BO003-05) Hated the overspray look all trucks had in the area and found this. My fenders look great now...

    Fender Shot.jpg
     
  7. Apr 17, 2011 at 6:00 PM
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    Go in and get them painted as I did for free if your still under the 3yr/36,000mile
     
  8. Apr 17, 2011 at 6:14 PM
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    I'm in the under 2 months, 2k mile club so no danger there.

    I guess I will make a trip. Toyota, and this dealer have been good to me before. I blew up a transaxle out of warranty, with help of service manager got the job done for labor only (and they threw in new clutch, throw-out, motor mounts, etc.).
     
  9. Apr 17, 2011 at 6:58 PM
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    My red one had a different shade of color and orange peel on the fender flares, my silver matches the body perfectly and no orange peel.
     
  10. Apr 17, 2011 at 7:07 PM
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    The silver does not stand out like the darker colors like red, or my green. But yours may have been painted right to begin with...
     
  11. Apr 17, 2011 at 7:18 PM
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    Yeah, the darker colors are very noticable. Mine was assembled at the new plant in Texas, not sure if that would make a difference.
     
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