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Old 06-02-2009, 07:45 PM   #1
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Default DIY Fender Rolling : The corrected bat method

First, I've seen a ton of crazy methods for rolling your fender. I watched all the youtube videos of some guy messing it up with a floor jack handle, to some crazy asian going at his pink honda with a ball point hammer, to some guys wedging a bat between the wheel and fender and then driving slowly.

I've even tried making my own contraption out of a skateboard wheel...

So let's get to how to do it the right way. (by right way I mean it will cost you nothing, won't leave any marks, and will look like the results from the expensive fender roller)

You will need:
-wooden baseball bat
-heat gun
-wheel wedges (or whatever stops your car from rolling away)

Steps:
- raise your car a little bit and tear off the rubber modling. Should come right off
- make sure you can barely fit the bat between the wheel and the fender
- heat the area a little where you will be working
- put the bat underneath and put a little pressure on the handle. You should see the fender edge bend up a little bit (1mm or so)
- go all the way around the bending the edge a little bit
- keep the area you're working on hot to prevent the paint from cracking.
- once you got it started, raise the car a little bit, and do it again bending the lip in another 1mm
- you can see where this is going... keep doing this until the car is all the way in the air and you got the lip bent in as far as possible.
- if you need to bend the lip in further, turn around and use the handle. Place the handle against the bent lip and put pressure on the head of the bat to push the lip towards the fender even further. At this point, it's a good idea to have the ebrake off and the car out of gear so your wheel can rotate freely. Doign this will allow you to get a nice smooth edge on the bent lip.

-just do it slowly and you'll get great result. Take your time and do a little bit at a time. It should take you at least 30min per corner if you want to do a good job.

Here are the illustrations:


A mspaint summary


getting started


a little higher


all the way up



using the handle



finished
don't mind the scratch. that came from the skateboardwheel attempt. I slipped...
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Old 06-02-2009, 11:51 PM   #2
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sweeeeet!
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Old 06-03-2009, 11:04 AM   #3
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I ran this system for years, until I bought the Eastwood fender roller.
But even with the roller, I bring out the bat. It can sometimes get to places the roller can't.

Awesome MS paint, too.
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Old 06-03-2009, 11:04 PM   #4
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Your the man.

Oh I think Im going to try this soon.
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Old 06-04-2009, 08:19 PM   #5
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Awesome! Bookmarked for future referance
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Old 06-04-2009, 11:51 PM   #6
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Old 06-04-2009, 11:56 PM   #7
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Old 06-05-2009, 12:05 AM   #8
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They're hosted on photobucket...make sure you're allowed to view the sight
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Old 06-09-2009, 04:40 PM   #9
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can i use an aluminum bat? also do i have to tear out the rubber molding?
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Old 06-09-2009, 05:52 PM   #10
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that came out amazing. i used to do this on hondas for a bunch of friends. super cheap and super easy. then i bought a roller.
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:45 AM   #11
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can i use an aluminum bat? also do i have to tear out the rubber molding?
he clearly said you take off the molding...


i would stick to a wood bat.
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:54 AM   #12
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I was reading this thread (which is awesomely done btw) and plan on doing this in the next couple of days. But something has occurred to me. Wouldnt that nice folded lip now be a trap for muck that could lead to rust? Any thoughts?
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Old 06-11-2009, 06:43 AM   #13
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I was reading this thread (which is awesomely done btw) and plan on doing this in the next couple of days. But something has occurred to me. Wouldnt that nice folded lip now be a trap for muck that could lead to rust? Any thoughts?
not any more than the current rubber molding is a trap for moisture
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:55 PM   #14
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the molding helps with preventing rocks hitting the metal which leads to paint chipping which leads to rust...

i too am curious if you can just slowly roll the fender with the molding still attached still its pretty pliable, plus makes car resale better if you can pull off a clean job.

also, "heat gun", would a decent hairdryer work too?

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Old 06-11-2009, 09:57 PM   #15
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the paint cracks and bare metal is exposed...sand it and seal it
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Old 06-23-2009, 10:50 PM   #16
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thanks for the great write up, I used it last weekend and it worked great.
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Old 06-26-2009, 01:35 PM   #17
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I removed my rubber molding and would suggest anybody rolling their fenders to do the same. The rubber molding (at least on my 04 STi) has metal fingers that help grip the fender. I suspect if you tried to roll the fender edge with the molding on, the metal "grippers" would tear the heck out of your paint.

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the molding helps with preventing rocks hitting the metal which leads to paint chipping which leads to rust...

i too am curious if you can just slowly roll the fender with the molding still attached still its pretty pliable, plus makes car resale better if you can pull off a clean job.

also, "heat gun", would a decent hairdryer work too?
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Old 07-02-2009, 07:30 PM   #18
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Awesome write up. I just finished and took the car for a test drive and no more rubbing! I couldn't find my heat gun so i just pulled an old hair dryer and had my dad hold it for me. Now i can really test this rubber!
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:29 PM   #19
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how's this method vs. the good ol' taped mallet method??
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Old 07-15-2009, 11:45 PM   #20
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has anyone pulled a fender using the bat method?
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:01 AM   #21
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i rolled mine last year like that.
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:04 AM   #22
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I rolled mine to fit 18x9.5 grids with a mallet didnt think about something like this but will try this if i have to do it again on a diff car.



Here is what my bugeye looks like with 18x9.5 with rolled fenders.

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Old 07-19-2009, 09:38 AM   #23
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Excellent post Bad Noodle. I have a set of 18x9.5 Torque's with 245's coming in and I still didnt have a plan of attack for making them fit. I'll be doing this sometime this week....
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:18 PM   #24
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Nice writeup. I think i'm gonna do this to save a few bucks.
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Old 10-22-2009, 09:51 AM   #25
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Freakin sweet, Hey did you just use a blow dryer to heat it up? If so for how long did you heat up the area? My 245's rub a bit when i have people in the back so i need to fix this haha.
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