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TOM: Easy fender flares

Our tip this time comes from far-away Melbourne, Australia (well ... it’s a long way from the T&T Workshop). Our pal Max “Old Wombat” Duhamel came up with an easy procedure to flare fenders on just about any vehicle.

Determine where you want the flare to begin on the side of the car body, and sketch in the line with pencil. Max uses a compass to follow the wheel opening and transcribe a pencil line onto the fender.

Cut slots from the wheel opening to the pencil line with a razor saw or rotary tool. The slots should be around 3/16" apart for a good bend. Carefully bend these tabs outward to create the flare. The outward bend will determine the extent of the flare.

Now the spaces between the slots have to be filled in. Because they’re not that wide, putty alone should do the trick (unless you want to face the tedium of cutting little wedges of styrene to fill in the space). The putty can be applied from the front or the back, which we at the T&T Shop preferred because it created a solid swath of putty that supported the stuff that squished up through the slots.

From this point, the putty on the flare can be sanded and reputtied if required from the outside to fill in any blemishes, then primed and painted.


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