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Painting Overland mudflaps?

OK, this IS a stupid question. One that I am very hesitant to ask, but has anyone here that has the Mopar Accessory molded mudflaps, which are advertised as "paintable", actually had them painted?

We have a '14 Overland, and when I went to install the mudflaps to keep the rear doors and rockers from getting any more chips this winter I noticed how out of place the black mudflaps look with everything else being painted. It would be nice if they matched. On a Laredo or Limited leaving them black like the rockers and flairs would be fine, but on a red Overland they look kind of silly.

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Re: Painting Overland mudflaps?

I would think the key would be using the right kind of paint so it's flexible enough (and will adhere properly) to the mud flaps. And I would consult a body shop about that..
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I would think the key would be using the right kind of paint so it's flexible enough (and will adhere properly) to the mud flaps. And I would consult a body shop about that..
There are actually two different mudflaps, one is the paintable variety, the other is the black.

When I got mine, the paintable's weren't readily available, dunno if they are now or not.

However, any decent body shop could paint them bright "Slimer" green if that floats your boat.

Personally I prefer the black look with the cherry red, but I'm certifiable..
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Re: Painting Overland mudflaps?

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There are actually two different mudflaps, one is the paintable variety, the other is the black.

When I got mine, the paintable's weren't readily available, dunno if they are now or not.

However, any decent body shop could paint them bright "Slimer" green if that floats your boat.

Personally I prefer the black look with the cherry red, but I'm certifiable..
These are the paintable molded mudflaps. Like I said, if it weren't an Overland that has everything painted, they would look fine in black. I put them on one side and the black with _everything_ else being red looked odd to me, and especially my wife who drives it and just paid it off. So, I am going to paint match them. If I like how it turns out, I will post a pic.
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Re: Painting Overland mudflaps?

Well, I did it. I painted the mudflaps for our '14 Overland. I do like the results.

After pricing paint from local paint suppliers in the smallest amount they would sell (1pt of paint, reducer, flex additive, clear, blah, blah for $400!) I ended up getting a "kit" from paintscratch.com that included wax/grease remover, adhesion promoter, flexible primer, paint and clearcoat for $100 and painted them myself. One can of the paint was just right, but I got two to get the free shipping. I just painted the back of the mudflaps and left the inside bare. I debated masking the Jeep logo and leaving it black on the back mud flaps, but ended up painting over them. The match is excellent and from my informal flex testing it seems like they will hold up.

Would I do it again? Well, frankly it was kind of a PITA, but I think that it looks "right". So, if you have an Overland and wonder what it would look like to have painted mudflaps, here you go:
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Re: Painting Overland mudflaps?

Looks pretty sharp. I'll be interested to see how they hold up. Those edges are going to be the weakest link. It might be worth while to cover them with a clear bra type of film.
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Looks pretty sharp. I'll be interested to see how they hold up. Those edges are going to be the weakest link. It might be worth while to cover them with a clear bra type of film.
After last winter, I found the worst areas were the rockers and the rear doors. I was really surprised at how badly the rear doors got chipped up. The pieces of clear that were put on the rear doors at the factory don't really cover where rocks hit. Here in Colorado the crushed stone they use on the roads, especially in the mountains, really takes its toll on paint and windshields. It isn't uncommon to go through a windshield a year if you drive the highways in winter a lot.

I do have clear bra on the whole front end and front of the fender lips. I should have had it put on the rockers as well, but oh well. With the mudflaps I think the worst of it will be taken care of.
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After last winter, I found the worst areas were the rockers and the rear doors. I was really surprised at how badly the rear doors got chipped up. The pieces of clear that were put on the rear doors at the factory don't really cover where rocks hit. Here in Colorado the crushed stone they use on the roads, especially in the mountains, really takes its toll on paint and windshields. It isn't uncommon to go through a windshield a year if you drive the highways in winter a lot.

I do have clear bra on the whole front end and front of the fender lips. I should have had it put on the rockers as well, but oh well. With the mudflaps I think the worst of it will be taken care of.
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Re: Painting Overland mudflaps?

Personally I prefer the mud flaps to match the tire color...not the body color, especially since the mud flap itself is so large. The tiny form fitting mud flaps on cars look good the same body color, but IMO a large mud flap should stay a satin or flat black.

Here's a picture of my Jeep mud flaps on my Granite Overland...

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