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I have a 2001 ecsb Z71 with only 30K miles in like new condition. I am thinking of removing the factory fender flares on it so if I get a set of oem 20" rims for it it will look better without the big gap look the fenderflares leave without rims that stick out more thn factory. Now what should I expect to be under the fenderflares when I remove them. Should they be any rust? The truck was only drivin in salt the first 3 years I had it and it hasn't seen salt since. I always kept the salt sparyed off of it but I couldn't get behind the flares. Will it leave marks on the paint where the flares rubbed the paint? Could it be buffed out? How hard will removing flares be. Will I be able to reinstall them one day if I want to? Any help is appeciated. THANKS!!!
 

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Re: What to expect removing factory fender flares off a 2001 Z71 with 30K miles on it

Shouldn't be any rust. I took mine off my old truck 6 years after it was new and the paint was completely fine.

There might be a scratch all along where the edge of the flare was though.
 

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Re: What to expect removing factory fender flares off a 2001 Z71 with 30K miles on it

This is before. My paint was horrible.
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This is the best picture i could find showing them after. Not the best picture because my truck is dirty but you get the idea.
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I just polished with poorboys ssr 3, 2.5 and then 1
I heard some people wetsanded them.
 

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Re: What to expect removing factory fender flares off a 2001 Z71 with 30K miles on it

i want flares :(
 

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Re: What to expect removing factory fender flares off a 2001 Z71 with 30K miles on it

Lots of dirt for me, but the 2-sided tape did a nice job of keeping the flares from vibrating and scuffing the paint. That was OEM flares with only a year of driving.

Aftermarket with no tape, just a rubber gasket type of thing....ugly under there. Scuffed to he**.
 

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Re: What to expect removing factory fender flares off a 2001 Z71 with 30K miles on it

:mad:Mines got a white ring around the fenders.
 

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Re: What to expect removing factory fender flares off a 2001 Z71 with 30K miles on it

Scratches where the flares have rubbed and prolly some dis-coloration depending on how much sun the truck has seen
 

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Re: What to expect removing factory fender flares off a 2001 Z71 with 30K miles on it

on mine i noticed especially at the rear fenders the amount of scratches/debris stains from the rear tires kicking up shit
 
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