Are you thinking of getting Bushwacker fender flares for your truck? Or maybe you have just gotten one at Longhorn Truck Accessories in San Antonio Texas? The Bushwacker fender flares indeed look great with its original black coat, but did you know you can easily paint it to match the lock and feel of your truck? Having your fender flares painted is a perfect way to get that limited edition look on your truck.
Before having your Bushwacker fender flares painted, you must first check if you have the right set and fit of flares depending on your truck’s make and model. Longhorn Truck Accessories and Bushwacker suggests to follow your truck’s manufacturer recommendations procedures for ABS and TPO. By doing this you can ensure that you get the coating manufacturer’s best warranted process. To differentiate the two categories, ABS is ready to paint out of the box while TPO will need additional priming and sanding.
It is highly recommended to only use quality products that are made specifically for automotive finishes. You can get better results and even make it last longer. Avoid using loctite, superglue or related products since they may leach off the hardware into the material and make it brittle. Always remember to read warnings on labels not only for your truck but also for your safety.
Make sure you follow these tips:
- Have an adhesive promoter ready
- Pick a color coat that is made from high-quality enamel or polyurethane automotive paint
- To avoid paint cracking, make sure the color coat you choose has a flex additive
- Use a high-grade degreaser to clean your truck’s outer surface lightly. Never use a lacquer thinner or enamel reducer for your degreaser since it will just repel the paint
- You can sand paper in order to smoothen the truck’s texture down first
- Remember to wipe the outer surface of your truck thoroughly using a tack rag before painting
- Use the adhesion promoter to the flare surfaces
- Apply polypropylene primer and let it flash
- To get the results you want, you can sand it again and apply another coat of primer