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Old 04-21-2004, 11:17 AM
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Fender Welting

I've got a 41 Chevy Pickup and am wondering if I should do fender welting. I have never seen it installed on a vehicle, all I know is how it looks in raw form. Would it be a good guard against dirt and squeeks? Pics would be appreciated. The mounting surfaces between the fenders and body are quite rough (very very bumpy on the sides), so I'm hoping this would hide that cause I think the stuff just gets pinched in between the 2 panels, then has a lip running around the outer corner of the meeting points.

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I like the looks of it. Im going to use it on my 39 chev PU. If ya use it let us know how it turns out. Pics would be great.
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Always use the welting.....saves all kinds of problems....rust, squeaks, vibration, gouging of paint, etc.....Plus, it does hide your rough edged fenders, it did on mine.
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Do they make a welting that does not have that bead on it so you will not have the seam, or do you want the seam?
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I like the looks of the seam, as long as you don't get paint all over it.

I painted my fenders separately and then assembled them.
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I'm hoping to get chrome beaded edges. I did some searching and saw how it looks, I LOVE IT. I couldnt' figure out how to get those rough edges hidden without hours and hours of bondo, and that looks like it's a perfect sleek way to hide it. Though I think it's probably best not to install that stuff until the truck is painted or at least in primer.
Should I primer the areas, then install the welting while I drive it in all primer? I could deal with having to tape over all the beaded chrome for painting it with the fenders off. This def. has made the fender work a LOT easier. Though I'm still trying to figure out a good way to shape heavily curved fenders. The rear fenders were absolute crap, so there was a bunch of sheetmetal without bends welded in, then covered in bondo. I've used the cheese grater to get the high spots, then filled the low spots with bondo, but not quite sure how to get the curve right. Sanding blocks are to stiff, and hand takes forever and ever and ever and.... ever and.... yeah, but that might just be how it is.
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