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Nigel Tufnel Wannabe
 
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Reinstalling Fenders

I removed my front fenders for some body work and I am going to be re-installing. Should I reapply adhesive/caulk or does it matter?

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I would, if the car ever sees salted winter roads.
When I swapped fenders on my car (even in SoCal) I just slathered the mating flange for the fenders with mastic and screwed it down.
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I would definitely try to match the original caulk. The original body caulk had a very tough and pliable texture and I think it contributed to the crash worthiness of the car by gluing things together.

The 3m body caulk napa sells is weak, almost watery by comparison. There has to be something closer to the original.
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I would definitely try to match the original caulk. The original body caulk had a very tough and pliable texture and I think it contributed to the crash worthiness of the car by gluing things together.

The 3m body caulk napa sells is weak, almost watery by comparison. There has to be something closer to the original.
It will more than likely be a Wurth product and it may be listed in PET. The fenders contribute absolutely nothing to the crashworthiness of the car, generally anything bolted and/or glued to a unibody is not a structural part of the car.
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It brings back painful memories of when some jackhead backed up on the hood of my very 1st 944. I wish I had pictures of how the caulk held and the rest of the car deformed - grin
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It also minimizes rattling, especially after a while when everything settles...
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Thanks for all the advice, I'm going to re-apply caulk to the fenders. Will do some research to determine what to use.

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