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Nick911
12-05-2012, 10:47 AM
Low profile trailer option: painted fenders vs. stainless. Pros and cons of each?

thatsmrmastercraft
12-05-2012, 10:49 AM
The stainless fenders will hold up longer if you are still running Goodyear Marathons :rolleyes::D:D

Nick911
12-05-2012, 11:02 AM
It's on a 2013 order. Running the chrome warriors. Not sure brand of tire.

jgraham37128
12-05-2012, 11:52 AM
I like it all painted same color.

Also I'll be there next Monday will your boat be on the line?

JG

Sodar
12-05-2012, 11:55 AM
Stainless all the way.

thatsmrmastercraft
12-05-2012, 12:02 PM
Stainless all the way.

Cleans right up with the same thing you use to clean your stainless grill, and looks hot.

Sodar
12-05-2012, 12:05 PM
Cleans right up with the same thing you use to clean your stainless grill, and looks hot.

An if you every get any surface scratches, you can polish them back out. All my buddies have got them on their trailers and they look great and are tough!

thatsmrmastercraft
12-05-2012, 12:36 PM
An if you every get any surface scratches, you can polish them back out. All my buddies have got them on their trailers and they look great and are tough!

Hadn't thought about how easily the scratches would polish out. Nice benefit.

bjames
12-05-2012, 01:31 PM
Stainless for sure... Really brightens it up, especially with the chrome wheels. If you like that look, look at getting the aluminum checkerplate step pads - goes well with the stainless/chrome look. Thats how I ordered my '12.

BrianT
12-05-2012, 01:32 PM
Stainless, no paint to chip off with our roads up here......

Nick911
12-05-2012, 02:24 PM
I like it all painted same color.

Also I'll be there next Monday will your boat be on the line?

JG

Jan 15th is build date. Can't wait. Stainless it is!

thatsmrmastercraft
12-05-2012, 02:28 PM
Good choice.

neil.anderson63
12-05-2012, 02:42 PM
Just sold 05 X9 with fiberglass fenders. Didn't have any trouble other than the rubber treads where you step flying off on the freeway and the rubber bezels on clearance lights don't hold the lights in fenders.
We just got a 07 X2 with the aluminum diamond plated fenders, (Nor-Cal boat) I really like the aluminum diamond plated fenders much better. No chipping, no rubber pads ejecting, lights are rivited in and don't fall out. I'm with bjames - Go with the stainless.

Stritt
12-05-2012, 04:02 PM
Stainless :)

TxsRiverRat
12-05-2012, 04:24 PM
Stainless isnt an option for my old trailer, but bondo, sanding, painting and clear coating sure made mine nice again... Add the LED lights, the new guide post covers and custom non-skid pads, here's the result:

http://s16.postimage.org/wdtm1894z/Fenders.jpg

thatsmrmastercraft
12-05-2012, 04:26 PM
Stainless :)

Darn....now I want stainless on my tandem.:(

Sodar
12-05-2012, 05:16 PM
No workie in your post...

http://s16.postimage.org/xg3sjrryb/Fenders.jpg

thatsmrmastercraft
12-05-2012, 05:18 PM
No workie in your post...

http://s16.postimage.org/xg3sjrryb/Fenders.jpg

Here I thought it was just me...

CC2MC
12-05-2012, 05:45 PM
Stritt, that looks very nice. Love the rims as well. They look like something on a classic Mustang.

TxsRvrRat, no go for me too.

Forrest-X45
12-05-2012, 05:48 PM
Excellent choice! Stainless is the way to go.

GoneBoatN
12-05-2012, 06:18 PM
But, to list a pro for fiberglass, if something does happen to fiberglass, it is easy to repair. I build and fly scale model aircraft. I have made many fiberglass parts and repaired them as well. My plan is that if something really bad happens to my fiberglass fenders, is to glue them back together, clean them up, use them as a plug to create a mold and then fabricate my own replacement part. But then again, I consider that fun.

I like my color matched fenders. All in one's personal taste. I bought my boat "off the lot" like I do my cars. I actually had them swap the "low profile" trailer with another trailer so that it color matched my boat.

TxsRiverRat
12-05-2012, 07:29 PM
Strange... Now I cant see it either

Try this:



http://s16.postimage.org/o89rl41mt/Fenders.jpg

Nick911
12-05-2012, 08:49 PM
Too late, my boat went red today so I'll have to stick with the fiberglass but the stainless steel was pretty expensive so probably for best.

MileHiGuy247
12-05-2012, 10:19 PM
Our local dealers and a friend that operates a local fiberglass repair shop claim if the boat sits outside much at all that the reflective nature of chrome or stainless will cause hazing cracks in the gel coat. I was strongly encouraged not to do it even though I store my boat indoors and would be willing to put no slip on the tops.

We live at higher altitude and the sun is a little more intense here so maybe it is enough of a difference.

medicmoose
12-05-2012, 11:18 PM
Too late, my boat went red today so I'll have to stick with the fiberglass but the stainless steel was pretty expensive so probably for best.

Too bad! Stainless is definitely nice to have.

DemolitionMan
12-05-2012, 11:35 PM
Too late, my boat went red today so I'll have to stick with the fiberglass but the stainless steel was pretty expensive so probably for best.

What is the price difference?

Nick911
12-06-2012, 12:04 AM
800$$$

Sodar
12-06-2012, 09:26 AM
800$$$

That's actually not as bad as I expected from MC. Our local guy charges $900 for a set. :cool:

Who'd a thunk MC would be price competitive on anything! 8p

Stritt
12-06-2012, 10:42 AM
$$$ not bad from MC, I paid $500 for the fender upgrade when we ordered through Boatmate. They are on their website too if you ever want the upgrade ;) Not sure if they would fit though.

GoneBoatN
12-06-2012, 11:55 AM
Too late, my boat went red today so I'll have to stick with the fiberglass but the stainless steel was pretty expensive so probably for best.

Nothing wrong with red fenders. :D

thatsmrmastercraft
12-06-2012, 12:21 PM
Nothing wrong with red fenders. :D

Nothing at all. Looking good.