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repetofndr

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I have lots of small dents and wrinkles in the fenders on my 72. It was in some sort of front end accident at some point, nothing catastropic but enough that its going to need some work. I, not being a bodyman, am thinking replace instead of rework.
Has anyone had any experiance with SOCAL Imports? They run multi-page ads in HOT VW'S magazine and seem to have good deals on fenders ect. They claim that they are ISO 9002 certified (whatever that is).
Along those lines, what is the proper way to prep these type of body parts? Should they be stripped to bare metal and reprimed or is the primer they have of good enough quality to use as a base. I also wonder if it would save enough time to be worth ordering the front clip section and just welding it on rather than trying to straighten the original?
As always looking forward to all replys.
Pete

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Pete,
I can't help with SOCAL, as I'm in Australia, but I have noticed a few different companies [in US VW Magazines] quoting that ISO number, whatever it means. I used two new [NOS] rear fenders on My 1968 Beetle, & My Son [whose trade is an auto spray painter] rubbed them back to bare metal.. The black paint is a special paint, and rubs off easily..[I can't remember what sort of paint it is]
I drilled all the spot welds off My rear beaver panel, without drilling any holes in the body and replaced the panel with a fiberglass bolt on one... so You could probably drill the front panel off... and replace it..
You may be able to panel beat the front panel but fenders can go out of shape easily on the edges.. but then again, the original fenders are usually thicker Metal than the later replacements.... Maybe try Your hand at fixing, and if they don't look good then replace them.

Best of Luck..

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repetofndr

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Thanks Lee, that sounds like good idea, who knows I may (or not!) have a knack for metal working.
Pete

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ISO 9002 is a rating that companies get that means they have met certain requirements with regards to employee standards and the environment. Basically it means they are a good company to deal with.

When you purchase new fenders they come with a factory primer coat so they don't rust before you get them. You should look for any marks, sand the entire fender lightly. Spray them with a filler primer (to fill in any inperfections). Sand again and then paint.

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