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post #1 of 7 Old 12-29-2012, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Rear fenders on JKU always get scratched..

I have a dilemma and couldn't find what I was looking for on the search tool. For some reason when my passengers in the rear get out they always run up against the rear fenders. Now I have a 4 inch long scratch where it looks like someone's belt bucket knicked it.

I was wondering if this is also happening to anyone else or if I need to find skinnier friends. Is there some sort of clear vinyl that could go over that part of the fender to protect it??

I want to find a remedy before they get scratched even more!

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post #2 of 7 Old 12-29-2012, 01:33 PM
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they painted? i would think if painted they could have been covered in that clear film people use on cars. If they are the rough textured plastic, no. Film wont work. I am going out on a limb here, this Jeep will not see trail time. Depending on where you live with inspection changing the flairs width may not fly with the local pd. There many plastic ones after matket they are all junk. my opinion. If you can not stand on them they are not trail rated. There are many Metal ones getting in the more expensive range, they all can get scratched.

I stopped looking for scratches about 2 days after this Jeep was built in 012. been replacing plastic ever since, one part at a time.

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post #3 of 7 Old 12-29-2012, 01:49 PM
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I'd have to second the clear vinyl adhesive protector. It's your best bet. No different than using a screen protector on a smart phone or tablet.

If you're concerned about scratches, but don't want to alter the way the Jeep looks, clear vinyl. Note that should you decide to uninstall the vinyl down the road, chances are excellent that the paint underneath will be a slightly different shade from the surrounding paint due to fading at a different rate than the paint beneath the vinyl.

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post #4 of 7 Old 12-29-2012, 02:26 PM
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I'm having a hard time envisioning how a belt buckle would scratch a flare from getting in and out of the jeep.

Sounds more like damage from a shopping cart or something else.
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post #5 of 7 Old 12-29-2012, 02:37 PM
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They swing outside of the door, the kids do it all the time. Fortunately for me, scratches are the least thing I am worried about.
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-29-2012, 02:41 PM
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Yeah it happens when people get out of the jeep as it is taller than a lot of people are that sit in the rear so when they get out the rear fender is almost up against the rear doors and there buttons on the back of there jeans or belts hit it.
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post #7 of 7 Old 12-29-2012, 04:31 PM
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Same thing happens on my white fenders but they are trashed frame gravel and brush anyway. Not too worried about it at this point. One of the first things I bought were used gray fenders that already had some scuffs, but they sit in my basement. Eventually I'd like to get teraflex sliders that should keep from throwing gravel onto the door hinges and rear fenders. Maybe then ill consider repainting the fenders and putting 3m film/clear bra on the front on the fender.
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