Looking for aluminum fender options

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I am looking at doing aluminum tubular fenders in raw with shark Hyde. I like metal cloak fenders but want to keep road debris off the sides. Looking at gen right or wishbone off-road, wishbone are a lot less money. Anyone have experience with either? Other options?
 
#3
What the heck is shark Hyde?
SHARKHIDE is a metal protective coating that can be bushed or sprayed. It etches the metal as it dries to directly bond to the surface it is applied to. Keeps the raw look but has the protection of paint or any other coting to prevent rust and corrosion.
 

Pthorpe84

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SHARKHIDE is a metal protective coating that can be bushed or sprayed. It etches the metal as it dries to directly bond to the surface it is applied to. Keeps the raw look but has the protection of paint or any other coting to prevent rust and corrosion.
Thanks for the info. Being I’m in the protective coatings business you would think I would know about that. Learn something everyday. Thank you.
 

Yson

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I'd like to add a question to this post... Being from QC canada and having to deal with all the bad weather / snow and cold winters .. we have loads of salt being put down on our roads.. I know aluminium does not rust but how will the paint hold on aluminium fenders ? It might be a stupid question to some of you but i'm a total dumbass when it comes to painting and all that and I really like to keep my rig clean and good looking. Scars from trails are tolerated :p
 

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I'd like to add a question to this post... Being from QC canada and having to deal with all the bad weather / snow and cold winters .. we have loads of salt being put down on our roads.. I know aluminium does not rust but how will the paint hold on aluminium fenders ? It might be a stupid question to some of you but i'm a total dumbass when it comes to painting and all that and I really like to keep my rig clean and good looking. Scars from trails are tolerated :p
The paint will adhere just fine as long as it’s prepped and primed properly. The issue you can run into with aluminum is the contact of dissimilar metals, which will cause corrosion. One thing that many folks do not realize, is that aluminum can rust. It’s reffered to as white rust and is caused by salts. Another item you can run into is pitting in the aluminum, which is just another form of corrosion in that metal. Usually caused by acids and salts. Have them powder coated by a professional and you will be fine. I work for a coatings manifacturer and NACE Level II. Feel free to hit me up with any questions on coatings and corrosion. 👍🏻
 
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so i ponied up and got the gen-right fenders. still considering powder coating black. i'll let it grow on me a bit before i decide. the wife drove it to work with two fenders installed and didn't notice until she got home, if they were black she would have never known.
 

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so i ponied up and got the gen-right fenders. still considering powder coating black. i'll let it grow on me a bit before i decide. the wife drove it to work with two fenders installed and didn't notice until she got home, if they were black she would have never known.
Those look great man. Any issues with the install?
 
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+2 for the GenRight flares. I just got their Narrow Aluminum flares in November for Black Friday. I just left mine raw, no protective coatings and they are holding up great to the salt here in Ohio.
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so i ponied up and got the gen-right fenders. still considering powder coating black. i'll let it grow on me a bit before i decide. the wife drove it to work with two fenders installed and didn't notice until she got home, if they were black she would have never known.
Looks great! I'm in the position now that you were in back in January (gen right, metalcloak, or another manufacturer). Did you end up doing sharkhide? If not, are the fenders coated at all?
 
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