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Old 07-05-2003, 07:46 PM
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This may be it. I need YOUR help for 1 major body part (the fender)

What exactly does black primer color look like? Is it plain with no shine? I found a website with pictures of black primer so I am guessing it has no shine and is a plain painted color.

If I buy a body part (the fender) that is plain like this, would I be able to get it painted to match the rest of my car or would I have to repaint the entire car?.

Also, the part is aftermarket so does anyone know if it will fit properly or how do I find out?

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priemer pics? http://www.fordfestiva.com/members/Technostiva/black_primer.htm
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Old 07-05-2003, 10:04 PM
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Black primer is how MB supplies their replacement fenders. See this(even though it's not what you're after):http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2422531888&category=42611

Body shops spot match a fender ALL the time.

A lot of people prefer OEM to after market,, but there is a HUGE price differential. I used MB on mine, but have had success on other cars with aftermarket. Wreckers yard fenders sometimes have a "set" to them that doesn't coincide with the peculiarities of another vehicle and as an amateur I've had a problem in the past with used (and one very nice success!)

Hanging a fender is not just bolting it on. First, put it on with the bolts finger tight. Then, align the hood/fender seam (because it's most noticable) and tighten the upper bolts/screws a bit and work down. Once at the bottom, go back to the top and door seam and loosen a few bolts/screws and do it again. You have to kind of "massage" it into the best position repeatedly. A little controlled force helps, having the fender bolted up in one area while working another spot into position, then snugging up the bolts/screws in the new area.

Don't dump the old fender's hardware (screws, shims, rubber bits, wheel well lining, lower fender cladding), because your new fender will be bare when you get it.
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Old 07-05-2003, 10:12 PM
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Black primer is how MB supplies their replacement fenders. See this(even though it's not what you're after):http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2422531888&category=42611

Body shops spot match a fender ALL the time.

A lot of people prefer OEM to after market,, but there is a HUGE price differential. I used MB on mine, but have had success on other cars with aftermarket. Wreckers yard fenders sometimes have a "set" to them that doesn't coincide with the peculiarities of another vehicle and as an amateur I've had a problem in the past with used (and one very nice success!)

Hanging a fender is not just bolting it on. First, put it on with the bolts finger tight. Then, align the hood/fender seam (because it's most noticable) and tighten the upper bolts/screws a bit and work down. Once at the bottom, go back to the top and door seam and loosen a few bolts/screws and do it again. You have to kind of "massage" it into the best position repeatedly. A little controlled force helps, having the fender bolted up in one area while working another spot into position, then snugging up the bolts/screws in the new area.

Don't dump the old fender's hardware (screws, shims, rubber bits, wheel well lining, lower fender cladding), because your new fender will be bare when you get it.

Thanks for the great info. What about the paint? Can I just paint the fender with same color of my car and it will blend in or will it look funny like a newer paint on it because I'm sure paint color changes slightly over time.. I hope all parts are still behind the broken fender right now.. for now, I can see a few red circular rubber things.. I'll check it out.. If not...where can I buy parts to fix up this 'bare' fender?
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Old 07-06-2003, 12:50 AM
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Most any good auto painter can blend to existing (even faded) paint. Heck, they do it all day, every day.

Little chassis trinket parts are best had from the wreckers' yard or the dealer.
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