Tip: DIY repair for factory fender
I just repaired a large crack in my stock fender, and thought others might benefit from the technique (or share their own).
- Clean the area around the crack on the inside and outside of the fender.
- Hold the crack closed by applying a piece of tape on the outside of the fender.
- Cut a patch from window screen material (I used fiberglass) large enough to cover the crack with plenty (an inch or a few cm) of overlap.
- Turn the fender over so you're looking at the inside, and lay the window screen patch over the crack.
- Apply ABS cement liberally to cover the patch. You can find it at your local hardware/plumbing supply.
- The cement will flow, so hold the fender so the cement will pool over the crack instead of running away from it until the cement sets (a few minutes).
- After half an hour, you can remove the tape.
Extra credit: Smear a little cement on the outside of the crack. After it hardens, you can sand it or shave it down, and the repair will be invisible.
Thanks - gonna try this - friend rode my OW into a curb and cracked the fender :/ luckily that seemed to be the only damage
Thanks for sharing! This is actually very similar to how I reinforce my RC car bodies, except I use Shoe Goo with fiberglass tape for that. Works flawlessly in that application without inhibiting flex. Fortunately I have entered cracked mine (yet) or I'll definitely try what you suggested.