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Cart Total: $99+* Lower 48 Shipping: FREE *Does not include oversized items. DIY: Changing out your fender beading without crying…too much.

Today were gonna take a look at a fairly simple change that can make a big difference in how your air-cooled VW looks. Many of us have cars that were painted with the fenders on. This is not bad at all. I had mine painted almost 10 years ago and I love it. It’s just since we are showing DIY type stuff that you don’t have to be a mechanic or mechanical savant to do, changing out the painted fender beading and putting black beading in seems very me capable.


Here you can see the red beading were going to replace.

Basically the plan is to loosen the fender and take this razor blade of minimal destruction and work it through both the body side and the fender side of the beading to break any paint that may have dried and sealed up between the beading and the car pieces. That way once we take the red beading out, it won’t rip off any of my paint. ????


Senior Mechanic John Bol was kind enough to set my car up on the lift. I also need to thank him for answering all my questions and for not letting me mess up too bad. He loves me….don’t tell him I said that, but yeah…..he does. Cool cat.


My photographer Fish and I decided to do the Date Night kill shot with the air gun. We laughed.



I took the wheel off so I could get to the fender bolts easier. Now….Chirco carries a kit that comes with the fender beading and all the necessary hardware.


I grabbed some wd-40 and sprayed the bolts and the area where the beading meets the body. I was concerned that I would break a bolt and then have a bad day. I knew we had our full kit, but still.


I just took my time and loosened each bolt. It wasn’t that bad at all.



After that since we did our little razor blade move earlier, the beading just popped right out.


On a side note: I found a pretty good use for the old fender beading.


Next I did a little trick that Joe Chirco told me. I put masking tape on the new beading so when I fed it through it would have these little tabs that allowed me to adjust the beading position as I tightened the bolts.

target=”_blank”>Pretty smart Joe….pretty smart.




After that it was pretty easy. I just worked from back to front tightening mostly but not all the way until I got it lined up pretty good, then I went ahead and tightened all the bolts fully.

It was a pretty easy thing to do and it does make a difference. Big time thanks to the fellas at Chirco for overseeing from a distance…’s weird….overseeing seems a lot like relentless teasing, but I don’t mind. I appreciate the expertise.

In any case,  if you have any questions you can contact us at 1-800-955-9795, Or just shoot an email to


Chirco Reviews

George Russell
George Russell
17:30 23 May 19
Regardless of whatever else I've had for cars I've always had at least one VW. Reliable and easy to work on. Chirco is without question the best place around Tucson to get quality VW parts and service.
joe gardner
joe gardner
19:38 07 May 19
i live in hawaii and its hard to get parts. the guys at chirco has made my experience much easier.. thank you guys.
Kurt van opstal
Kurt van opstal
02:57 01 May 19
I buy some times parts from. Them. For. My company fun buggy, Punta cana, Dominican Republic. Making tours with beach buggy's. I like there good service and quick shipping
Jeremy Mate
Jeremy Mate
20:13 07 Apr 19
I love chirco Automotive, great people, great shop and awesome showroom!!
23:37 27 Mar 19
Awesome people!!! And they have had everything I've needed so far
Doninik L
Doninik L
05:01 17 Mar 19
Best place in Tucson to get you vw fix. They are knolagable and can help you out with just about anything you need
Britten Rosenberg
Britten Rosenberg
00:32 10 Mar 19
Being a VW onwer and live very close buy I have been there a lot. Staff is very knowledgeable and are very friendly. Joe the owner is a good guy and will help you get what you need.
Robert Barracco
Robert Barracco
04:07 03 Mar 19
Nice people Quick Service had what I needed very good experience
Tim Miller
Tim Miller
20:33 10 Feb 19
Great service, very helpful staff. Great prices.
Randy Best
Randy Best
00:26 16 Jan 19
Old aircooled dub paradise. I restore old VWs and this place always has what I need.
Adam Kowalczyk
Adam Kowalczyk
20:41 08 Jan 19
Plenty of V W dune buggy parts, and lots of knowledge.
Peter Sollenbarger
Peter Sollenbarger
02:35 08 Dec 18
Joe Chirco is a great guy with a great team to help him out. they are very knowledgeable about all VW and more.
Keith Rae
Keith Rae
19:02 18 Oct 18
Awesome place. Great staff. Usually have what you need

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