Know anybody with 16V/G60 flares?
Broken, cracked, destroyed flares? Dont throw them away. Fix them! Thats what i started on today...
- Soldering iron or plastic welder
- knife or other cutting utensile
- filler of your choice
- texture paint of your choice
Step 1. start with this -
ugh. dont mind the rust, this is what happens when you have buddy do you a favor and paint something for ya
anways, so instead of replacing the flare. i decided to fix it. heres how ya do it!
step 2. find donor flare. i have a buncha early (pre '87) flares sitting around that im NEVER gonna use, so i chopped up one of em.
step 3. made a filler piece -
step 4. test fit filler piece -
i prefer doing this while its still on the car to get a better feel for the over all shape and contour.
step 5. traced the filler piece onto the busted flare -
step 6. cut it out bad section with the utility knife -
step 7. test fit the filler piece and trim accordingly -
step 8. tacked it in using soldering iron or plastic welder -
step 9. finish weld it -
step 10. cut filler pieces from donor flare -
step 11. fill it in using donor pieces -
step 12. sanded it down into shape -
step 13. slapped some filler of choice on it -
step 14. let it dry
step 15 - sand
step 16. sand some more -
step 17. more sanding -
once you get it roughed in, you can pull it off and finish sanding it and paint it.
step 18. add another layer of filler & sand -
step 19. prime -
Step 20. paint -
I used this -
step 21. let dry -
step 22. install and enjoy -
Last edited by steveo27; 05-08-2011 at 03:16 PM.
i usually use bed liner on all my plastics, but i think i may switch it up and try some SEM texture paint on all the plastics for this year.
worked some more on them today.
heres where i left off yesterday -
fix & finish this using the same technique as above (again, while on the car so it fits 100%)
pulled off and finished plastic welding the rest of the damage -
Last edited by steveo27; 05-08-2011 at 03:19 PM.
its all done and mounted up. ill post the rest of the DIY later on tonight and condense it all into the first post
hey now, i held the flair while you were plastic welding a tiny piece on.
Don't belittle my experience
3 hours.... ya almost rather pull the trans again
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Great write up..
Hey...wait a minute, I could use those pre-'87 flares....
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Hey, man, awesome writeup. I been thinking about extending my sideskirts, running g60 front arches on the rears. This inspired me
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I used some off name body filler.
If I were to do it again and want it to be 100%, I'd use Rage Polyflex
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Hey Steveo, sorry to bump this... but I got a question.
Any good advice plastic welding a lip? There are two cracks in the Votex lip that skywalker38 set me up with and everytime I move the damn thing the cracks open back up. I'm not sure that I'm getting good penetration because it's so thick, but I've been going at it for a while. .. ... .... .....
Not sure how I can reinforce it at this point, but I'd love some tips on making this stuff stick!