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Patching Stock Fiberglass Fender Flares

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Madjik_Man, May 1, 2012.

  1. May 1, 2012 at 10:21 AM
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    Madjik_Man

    Madjik_Man [OP] The Rembrandt of Rattle Can

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    I want to restore my fender flares and honestly was just going to prime and paint them as is (yeah, lazy I know)

    But there are three significant chunks of the fiberglass missing (see pics)

    I've never worked with fiberglass or bondo but know they're messy and kind of a PITA. I've seen jars of premixed fiberglass and bondo on the shelves and was wondering if that is a good route. If so, how would you go about doing these?

    What are the chances I succeed as a first time user (and full time loser :D )?

    And do you think it's worth the hassle or should I just paint over them as is?

    Driver's side front:

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    Passenger side rear:

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    Both rear flares have those tiny little pits from years of rocks kicking up against them... and both seemingly have some tape (?) at the bottom for extra protection. I assume I will have to remove that before painting.

    Thanks for any input
     
  2. May 1, 2012 at 12:33 PM
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    jeepdude

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    fiberglass? I thought they were plastic...I'm new to Tacomas...that's why they paint up so nicely compared to plastic. I'm no big fan of filler (bondo) but with minor and shallow gouges like you have, shouldn't be a problem. Like taping drywall seems, it's sort of an art, but if doing it yourself, it's just your time and materials, not that difficult for a repair like you need
     
  3. May 1, 2012 at 2:08 PM
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    Madjik_Man

    Madjik_Man [OP] The Rembrandt of Rattle Can

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    Pretty sure they changed over to plastic for 01-04.

    So bondo will bond with fiberglass
     
  4. May 1, 2012 at 5:58 PM
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    Not that difficult to repair, best thing is watch some video on you tube, kit sell for about $25, my 04 flares are fiberglass.

    Same process as bondo repair just different material.

    With out some body and fender experience you most likely won't be happy with your results.
     
  5. May 1, 2012 at 6:05 PM
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    Those holes are small enough that you might be able to use a two-part epoxy to fill it. Let the epoxy dry and sand it flush. Cheap $6 durable fix. I have filled holes in a work bench top like that and it worked perfect. The epoxy part is now harder than the surrounding wood and not going anywhere.
     
  6. May 1, 2012 at 6:06 PM
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    Trust me, my expectations are low :eek:
     
  7. May 1, 2012 at 6:07 PM
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    Will that epoxy bond to fiberglass?

    Admittedly I know nothing of fiberglass.
     
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