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Offline LightWtJet

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Restoring the front fender splash shields
« on: January 18, 2018, 11:27:00 pm »
Mine are savable. I have separated the rubber pieces from the metal ones. Metal is pitted but not too bad. This was time consuming but I want the original ones.  Is this a common method or do others buy the aftermarket ones at CJ Pony parts. 
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Re: Restoring the front fender splash shields
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2018, 08:01:20 pm »
Not to hijack the thread but a secondary question is what is the best way to staple the seals to the plates?

That assumes a person doesn't have an industrial size stapler available.
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Re: Restoring the front fender splash shields
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2018, 11:15:31 pm »
I did mine one at a time by hand. Used masking tape to hold the rubber in place then drilled through the existing holes into the rubber.

Once the staple is pushed through I grabbed the fang with needle nose pliers and rolled it over. Tap it a couple times to bury it a bit and presto.

Takes a bit of practice but looks quite convincing.

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Re: Restoring the front fender splash shields
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2018, 10:26:51 pm »
That's what I did as well however I am not completely happy with the result.

What did you use for staples?
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Re: Restoring the front fender splash shields
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2018, 10:39:41 pm »
My staples are a little rusty so I plan to form stainless or galvanized wire in a U shape and push through the existing holes - then bend it over.  To better hold the rubber to the steel I will use a little polyurethane caulk.
We can see why the industry moved to plastic inner fenders.
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Re: Restoring the front fender splash shields
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2018, 11:12:52 pm »
That's what I did as well however I am not completely happy with the result.

What did you use for staples?

NPD sells them 16A572-1BK $3.00/50 staples

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Re: Restoring the front fender splash shields
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2018, 10:29:59 pm »
Please tell us what color the staples are? I am wondering if they have a finish to resist  rusting?     
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Re: Restoring the front fender splash shields
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2018, 05:21:38 am »
I use aluminum welding rod.  I cut the down and bend them just like the steel staples.  Much easier to work with. Almost impossible to tell once installed.   Chris

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Re: Restoring the front fender splash shields
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2018, 05:33:58 pm »
I make my own staples from aircraft safety wire .041" stainless steel. Goes really quick, they won't ever rust. The rubber part I make from NAPA gasket material using the original as a pattern. Very convincing when done.
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