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Old 08-31-2019, 01:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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No fenders? Seems tough on paint

I searched this forum and couldn't find anything definitive to answer this question, but for those with these hot rod with no fenders, how's the paint on the side of the car/truck holding up. On my Cobra with sticky tires, the areas behind the tires take a beating. My side pipes get sandblasted and the spat guards are a little worse for wear.

I think the look is super cool, but it just seems the paint on the car/truck would look pretty toasty after a couple of years.
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One of my customers has a Hotrod with no fenders. Been on the road for about 8 years with no chips. I thin the tires stick out enough so that nothing hits the body
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So far, after 4 years & 20,000 KMs, NO chips in paint. I think if you run rear fenders with no running boards, the front of the rear fenders will get beat. The angle that debris thrown by the front wheels hit the body is extremely oblique and doesn't really cause much harm. I do try and stay off gravel roads.
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So far, after 4 years & 20,000 KMs, NO chips in paint. I think if you run rear fenders with no running boards, the front of the rear fenders will get beat. The angle that debris thrown by the front wheels hit the body is extremely oblique and doesn't really cause much harm. I do try and stay off gravel roads.
My thoughts exactly. 8 years on the road with no fenders and around 8K miles and no issues. I think a lot has to do with the quality of paint and body work though too. A good high quality clear has better chip resistance. I don;t even have chips on the underside of the rear fender wells. But on a Cobra, yea the front edge of the front fenders is right in line of fire and protective film or metal spats is almost required.
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Old 09-15-2019, 09:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I am going with at least bike fenders since I am in AZ and there is rocks/sand all over the pavement everywhere you go.
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