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As you may know, the Rubicon Trail was not gentle on the passenger side fenders of the Xterra. I put two dents in the rear door fender. The largest was about a 3/4-inch deep and 5 inches long dent. There was also a shallow 2-inch by 2-inch dimple in the front fender.

Some may say "What's the big deal Snoop, chicks dig body damage!" but the damage was starting to rub me wrong. Not on a 2005 rig. So I decided to fix it...

I looked into a professional; the cheapest was easily over $2,500.00, which did include pulling out the dents and the repaint.

The alternative was to do it myself. So we went to work over the next month sanding down to metal, pulling the dents, adding a whole lot of Bondo putty, priming the fenders, and then finally putting a few coats of DURABAK over the area.

The fenders of our Xterra are now lined with a truck bed liner type paint called DURABAK. I chose DURABAK due to the UV protectant they mix with the paint. They also have a wide verity of colors to choose from.

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I'm not sure I would have used DURABAK on a stock fender but for an inexpensive, yet rugged, fix for a damaged fender, I think it does the trick.

As far as durability; it survived the first trip, a two-day, 135 miles trip through the Mojave Deserts of Southern California. The day after we washed the truck with a high-pressure washer from a car wash with now ill effects. I'll continue to update you all on the durability of DURABAK.

UPDATE: As of November 2007, the DURABAK is holding up well. No chipping what so ever. However it is starting to yellow o' so slightly. I plan on putting a coat of white paint over it so it matches the body color in the future.
 

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From 10 feet away you can't even tell. It looks similar to what Muzik did. Nice mod, although I have a feeling brushing up against it with bare skin isn't so nice.
 

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Man that looks great! good job
 

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B Slater said:
From 10 feet away you can't even tell. It looks similar to what Muzik did. Nice mod, although I have a feeling brushing up against it with bare skin isn't so nice.
Other than the Durabak not being glossy it's hard to tell from a distance. I also used black Durabak on the plastic bumper ends. The texture is rather rough but not enough to cause a scratch on the skin.
 

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I know what your talking about damn tree got me.
Boon Dox, the repair I did can easily be applied to your application as well. It will just take a lot of time building up, drying, and sanding of the bondo. I'd say the bondo work took 60-75% of the overall time spent to repair the fender.
 

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I like it. Nice to see what it would look like on the same color X that I have. I'm not going to do it preventatively, but I will if something bad happens I suppose.

mostly mine's a utility truck/ grocery getter, but I'll find myself against some brush about twice a year.
 

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I've been lurking here quite a bit, as I'm the one that likes to break Jason's *Muzikman's* Jeep on a regular basis....

I have a 1983 GMC Jimmy My dad and I are redoing we've stripped the entire body and are redoing it...

So, anyway, My reason for posting is someone else on another board mentioned Durabek and that he was going to try it. Well, I'm not sure if he did or not. I've read their website and am hoping it does as well as it mentions but, the only way to know for sure is to try it. I'm going to do the entire interior cab floor and probably the bottom of it the entire way around.

I really want to know how you like it, and where did you purchase it? Was it easy to put on?
 

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i really dislike how far out those fenders stick...i've got really similar damage to what boondox has
 

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I really want to know how you like it, and where did you purchase it? Was it easy to put on?
Do I like it: Yes, I would prefer that no damage occured to the fender but I feel its a great way to fix a fender and adds a bit of rugedness to an Xterra. I think Durabak is it's definetly something to use on the plastic bumper ends.

Where purchased: Purchased from a dealer in CA after calling DURABAK at (201) 836-0733

Easy to put on: Yes! Buy a few of the recommended roller that they sell with Durabak. It's as easy as painting a fence. If you mask off a section pull the tape off before the Durabak dries otherwise it tends to tear.

This article might help:
http://www.off-road.com/jeep/reviews/swbjeep/durabak/index.htm
 

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Hey snoopy! how is this holding up for you?
 

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The Durabak is holding up great. The only issue is that the color had changed a bit to a slightly offwhite-yellow color. It's not bad, just a slightly different color than the Xterra paint.
Durabak is solid. It hasn't flaked off at all... Highly recommended!
 

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hey snoopy! did you ever paint over the durabak? i know you said that it was yellowing and you were thinking about using white paint over it again.
 

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Damn and I thought I was the first to do this lol
 
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