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    Did fenders on Model A cars come from factory any other colour other than black dipped ? or just a standard across the board .. Black .

  • #2
    I was told by an old timer that they were always black

    and how they dipped stuff and did not get runs I will never know.......

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    • Mickey
      Mickey commented
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      I often wondered about the lack of runs. How did they do that???

  • #3
    There are runs on the underside. ask again in the spring I'll take a picture of the nos fenders I have
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    • canadian
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      Jim you have NOS fenders !!! would love to just see them , just restored 89 year old fenders quite the undertaking .

  • #4
    IMO many nos fenders were 2nd's or needed work to get a proper fit. that's why they are still around. much less work,but still work .
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    • #5
      95% of the time they were Black...But then you have the Australian production and that is a different story all in it's own!

      Pluck

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      • #6
        Originally posted by tbirdtbird View Post
        I was told by an old timer that they were always black

        and how they dipped stuff and did not get runs I will never know.......
        Once the fenders were dipped, they were then taken out and immeditly they went through a drying process through heaters which dried them to the finish they were. Not sure of the heat units used.



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        • #7
          Originally posted by Steve Plucker View Post
          95% of the time they were Black...But then you have the Australian production and that is a different story all in it's own!

          Pluck
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          • H. L. Chauvin
            H. L. Chauvin commented
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            Hi Mr. Mike V.

            Thanks for photo.

            Like the brown fenders; and, maybe just a photo print difference, but I'm not about to ask what color were these tires ...... LOL

        • #8
          so was the black extremely shiny or a little flat original ? example I have a Jeep that the paint is called Brilliant Black, its stunning while I have a Toyota that is black , almost satin black. what does most guys do with todays paint types for the black ?

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          • #9
            Just special order commercial got something other then black.

            Fenders did not have drips on the main surface because of the way the dip tanks were set up. It was a long pool of heated water with a layer of paint on top. The fenders would go through the paint and into the water. The paint would get a first coat and the linear movement through the water would level out the paint. Then up through the black paint for a second coat. The inside would see drips because it was turbulent while the outside was less likely cause it was convex.

            People have tried to do the dipping in a large can, but the lack of linear movement allowed for drips.

            At least that was what I was told about the process by people with way more knowledge than me.

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            • #10
              Originally posted by canadian View Post
              so was the black extremely shiny or a little flat original ? example I have a Jeep that the paint is called Brilliant Black, its stunning while I have a Toyota that is black , almost satin black. what does most guys do with todays paint types for the black ?
              Note that is the underside of the fenders on the right. you can see some of the others parts thar were also dipped.

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              • #11
                Originally posted by Kevin in NJ View Post
                Just special order commercial got something other then black.
                yup - or they got painted by the specialty coach builders (fire trucks, ambulances etc)

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                • #12
                  I have 4 NOS fenders on our roadster and the drips were the best part, I was able to preserve them on the NOS drumming boards when we re-painted them and they turned out great!!...
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                  • #13
                    The beauty of the drip!!
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                    • Mitch
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                      No drips on my car, screw that

                  • #14
                    oooh. this is also how you can tell original horn covers as well. Inside there is usually a run or two and a big open bare spot where a bubble of air got trapped during the dipping process.

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