As the title states, my fender pulling to fit my wheels, gone wrong!
Let me start by saying that I before I got my car painted, I took my car to a tuner shop in my area. I have spoke with the owner and told him that I want my fenders rolled front and back (I didn't have the access to the Eastwood roller at the time). Was quoted $45 per panel.
Dropped off my car at the shop and a few hours later got a call that it was ready to be picked up. I thought that was a pretty good turn around...that's what happens when you got the proper tools, right??? WRONG!!!
Once I've picked the car up, I've noticed that there was 5-6 dents on one of the rear fenders they rolled (the other side was rolled by my brother at the time of car repairs).
When I've brought that to the owners attention, he said, that there is always a chance of this happening when rolling fenders and that I'm lucky it wasn't worse.
I got home and jacked the car up to see what they did to make those dimples in the rear fender...
Instead of using a fender roller, they cut segments in the fender support and hammered it until its flat, causing dents in that fender.
I was mad, but what's done - is done! Put some bondo over it and painted the car. Out of sight = out of mind.
Not too long ago purchased some T1S wheels with -7, -8 offsets. Once I put them on, I found out that my fenders need some pulling. By now I knew some people that had an Eastwood roller, so I've rented it for the weekend...
this is what a professional fender roller/puller looks like, for those that don't know
The reason why EASTWOOD roller was needed is because this how my rears looked when I just put the wheels on without fenders being pulled
Pulled the passenger side, with some MINOR clacks in paint and clear coat (the reason for cracked paint was only because there was some bondo work on that fender)
IF properly done with heat guy and some time, it is possible to avoid all the damage to the paint of your car
Now it was time to go to the other side. Got the fender roller mounter and started to pull slowly, while heating it up. But the more I rolled and pulled the fender the more I've started to see more of this....
As soon as I saw the cracks,
I've realized what was happening. When ever the shop but the fender support on the inside, as they rolled the fender, caused my paint/CC to crack at the places where the cut was made.
I WAS PISSED at that point
but I knew that if I don't get the proper pull, I won't be able to run the wheels, so now I HAD to proceed. So by the time I got the pull I needed on that rear fender, it looked like this...
all because of this...
Now, I will have to sand that fender down, put more bondo and repaint my drivers rear panel.
The reason I took time to write this up, was because not all users here have experience with fender work and not many see what could happen when you decide to run aggressive set up with wheels.
: I've learned that even a good tuner shop can do you wrong if you don't know what to expect. Do your research, know your risks!