Paint or don't paint fender welting

Jan 10, 2021 2:27 PM - 110 Views Create A New Thread


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La Plata, MD

Do you paint fender welting or don't paint it?
Should fender welting be installed and all the body panels assembled (hood, fenders etc.) and then paint, including the fender welting, or should the body parts be painted before installing on the body and then assembled with the unpainted fender welting?
36 Ford 5 window coupe - primarily on the front and rear fenders.

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  • tazhog54
    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:37 AM

  • Just a short note when you paint the clear vinyl make sure you have the correct flex additive from the paint manufacture mixed in . As if you try and paint it without the additive in the paint it will crack and flake off later on. And if you decide to have matching material sewn welting ,make sure it's in the marine vinyl family with high UV ratings as for fading purposes Also don't forget to use the right thread for outside use !

  • buchananr
    Jan 11, 2021 at 7:35 AM

  • Good tips. Thanks guys

  • whipsold39
    Jan 10, 2021 at 11:57 PM

  • If you want the welting to be the exact color of your fender cut long strips of clear vinyl and paint it the color you want and then put your cord in and have it sewed with the painted side in. Make sure the painted side is to the inside.

  • delux39
    Jan 10, 2021 at 5:28 PM

  • I always paint the body parts separate then install. When painting the doors and fenders hang them, don't lay them flat because it seems the colors do not match like they should. In other words paint them in the same aspect as they will be on the vehicle. Welting is a whole different part and should be installed when hanging the painted fenders. This makes for a neat clean install. One more thing about welting, you can have an upholstery stop sew up any color you want. Installing welting can be a little frustrating. I locate where the bolt holes should be on the welting then cut a "V" in the welting and slip it between the body and fender before tightening the bolts.

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