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Trimmed Fender Edges

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Russ, Oct 24, 2003.

  1. Russ

    Russ 1/2 ton status

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    Has anyone had any issues with the cut edges after trimming your fenders. My only concern with trimming has been the sheetmetal edges, and I have not really come up with any good solutions. I am at the point where I am going to have to do some trimming before I tear up my new tires any worse than I already have. I have a couple of young kids that like to climb around on the Blazer and those sharp edges concern me. So, if anybody has figured out a great solution for covering that edge, please let me know.
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    Russ
     
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    I remember somebody used door edge guards, I have seen they sell them in in all kinds of lenghts. You just need to use some better glue than what they already come with, maybe a little silicone of some kind would work.
     
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    Door edge guard will work to a point. Itll keep little fingers from getting cut but whenever you hit the fender w/ the tire youll most likely pull them off and have to replace them.
     
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    Take a file and run it over the edge.
     
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    Sand the edge with some sand paper. It knocks the sharp edge down.
     
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    why not trim the fenders maybe 1/2"=3/4" less than you originally intender, and roll the edges in with a hammer and block of wood??would probably make it easier to make the wheel opening look correctly proportioned again..just my .02
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    why not trim the fenders maybe 1/2"=3/4" less than you originally intender, and roll the edges in with a hammer and block of wood??would probably make it easier to make the wheel opening look correctly proportioned again..just my .02

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    That is the trick way to do it /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif. But it is alot harder than it sounds to do and make look right.
     
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    When I trimmed my fronts, I left about 1/4 inch more than where I wanted to cut. I used vise grips with 3" long by 1/2 wide flat stock welded to them to fold the extra 1/4 inch back to form a fender lip. when I got to the "curvy" part near the bottom I used regular vise grips to fold back. I finished it up with a body hammer and dolly. Came out pretty good.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I thought about trying to roll the edge. I am even considering welding a lip back on, but body shop skills are not my strong area. I will probably give them both a shot though and see how it turns out.

    Russ
     
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    I welded lips back on .. out of 12 gauge... came out awesome and really made the fender edge strong...
    used "easygrind" mig wire made especially for bodywork...
    cam
     
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    i agree with 84... take the time and do some detailed work with a file. Thats what I did to mine and you'd have to be trying to cut urself to break skin on mine. I considered other options, but didnt wanna trap water on the lip, didnt wanna spend any $, and didnt want it to look lame. /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

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