Stock fenders are plastic. The only diference is the coat of paint versus the unfinished look. I personally did not care either way when I got it but now I wish I had the X or Rubi fenders.I suppose it would look ok if you like the monotone look.
I think and I don't remember for sure but the Sahara fenders are smooth so they appear to be sheet metal. The stock fenders have a little texture to them. Course maybe it is just a pile of paint to make the fender stronger.
I wonder if the paint is flexible after it dries? Otherwise its gonna crack like a mud lake in the heat wave of summer.
BTW Caboose to save time trouble and energy why did you not look at a Sahara? That is one way of telling and being 99% correct at least till more folks paint them or replace the fenders. The only thing needed is either smooth sand them (like if you repainted the top which would be difficult) or leave them alone and clean them up good then paint. Personally I would price brand new painted ones versus going through the trouble.Has anyone tried to paint the stock X fender flares?
How do you think they would look?
If a painted hard top looks good i think they would also look good?