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Removal of fender flares result in deep grooves in paint.

I installed some Oem style fender flares less than a year ago. I took one off to try and fix the black strip in between the body and flare. When I did I noticed the paint was grooved deep from the flare rubbing. I took the others off and found the same on all four. Not the entire area, but in several places on each fender. Dang that sucks! What's my choices, put the darn things back on, or to the paint shop it goes. Anyone else run into this issue?
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It’s too late for that ^^^ now, but post some pics and we can better help you with options to fix.


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i had heard about the damage to paint below the flares but just saw this and very glad.
.going to install flares soon.
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One of the dealers i tint for installs flares on trucks all the time....they always try and sell the customer on installing a 1/2" strip of PPF right where the flare meets the panel (hardly noticeable) so that if customer ever wants to remove flares there is no damage. I wasn't smart enough to do so as I thought I would never take mine off....now I want to but am afraid to look!!
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So i am going to try some paint chip kit and see what some of the spots look like afterwards. I was planning on taking it to the detail shop and have it clay barred and polished. They may have some ideas once i get there also.
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I installed some fender flares recently on my TRD OR. Did it myself but the kit was missing a couple of screws. Went to a body shop to try and get some that fit. They guy there was really helpful and suggested I remove the flares about once a year because, here anyway, they use a lot of salt on the highways in winter. He said the salt gets trapped in the flares and could rust out parts of the body underneath the flares over time. It's not just some paint to worry about!
BTW, what is PPF?
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So i took it in to a detail shop and they were able to polish most of the marks out of the paint. i can still see a few deeper ones, but they are not as noticeable now. I guess i will live with it
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I have the same issue.....glad I prefer the look of the flares cuz now Iím stuck with them. I take em off 2x a year and clean them really good. Just too much rubbing I gues😬
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I installed some fender flares recently on my TRD OR. Did it myself but the kit was missing a couple of screws. Went to a body shop to try and get some that fit. They guy there was really helpful and suggested I remove the flares about once a year because, here anyway, they use a lot of salt on the highways in winter. He said the salt gets trapped in the flares and could rust out parts of the body underneath the flares over time. It's not just some paint to worry about!
BTW, what is PPF?
PPF is paint protection film, 3M clearbra or XPEL.. i like xpel more.
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How do you attach the flares? I bought some from a guy who rolled his tundra and they have no mounting hardware. Do you just pull out the plastic pins that hold the liner in or do you put screws in the holes? Thanks for you help.
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How do you attach the flares? I bought some from a guy who rolled his tundra and they have no mounting hardware. Do you just pull out the plastic pins that hold the liner in or do you put screws in the holes? Thanks for you help.
Mine have screws

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