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Easy Paint & Body How To's: How To Replace A Fender

Nobody really looks forward to doing bodywork.

Photography by John Kiewicz

Nobody really looks forward to doing bodywork. If there's a small dent or a few minor dings and scratches, smoothing the body panel is no big hassle. However, there comes a time and point when you wonder if it would be better to fix a bashed out and/or rotted body panel or just replace the part with a new unit (or a used one in better condition). Not too long ago we spoke with a guy who was trying to decide if he should fix his mangled fender or just replace it. After working out the costs of repair (to pull the dents, smooth with filler, sand), it was much easier and more economical to buy a new, perfectly straight repro fender and bolt it on. Also, after painting the car, there would be peace of mind in knowing that the fender wasn't loaded with globs of body filler--which would be prone to cracking later on. Replacing a fender is an easy and straightforward task. Here we'll show you the basics plus a few tricks to watch for.

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