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Sun faded fender flares

Discussion in 'Wrangler TJ (1996-2006)' started by The4x4Guys, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. Apr 20, 2019 at 11:51 AM
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    The4x4Guys

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    Has anyone come up with a secret formula, method, or product for restoring the black color of the TJ fender flares. The 2003 Jeep I'm about to adopt as part of the family has badly faded flares and I'd like to breathe new life into them rather than buying new.

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  2. Apr 20, 2019 at 12:01 PM
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    Several products work well temporarily, especially 'Tire Shine Plus' by Croftgate USA. It's a little pricey but it keeps tires and trim looking new (not wet) for about a month and 2 or 3 washings. I would probably go the flexible paint route, but I'm set up for it and enjoy it. (Too many fumes? :crazy:)
     
  5. Apr 20, 2019 at 3:21 PM
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    Some online videos showing good success with heat guns on the faded plastic fenders. Technique is slow+steady application of heat and avoid painted metal surfaces. Top coat applications were used to prolong the "new" finish.
     
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  6. Apr 20, 2019 at 4:06 PM
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    That does work, but keep it on low and be VERY careful not to stop anywhere. I ruined a good set of flares like that by causing a dip in one. You can't buy just one to replace it. I would start with a hot hair dryer first. Good luck!
     
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  7. Apr 21, 2019 at 10:29 AM
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    I use 303 protectant from time to time. Seems to give me the best results.
     
  8. May 7, 2019 at 7:36 PM
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    Try linseed oil for faded fenders .strong odor until dry, but works for a while and cheap.
     
  9. May 7, 2019 at 7:53 PM
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    You can buy vinyl paint from an automotive paint supply store , works great won't chip off
     
  10. May 7, 2019 at 7:56 PM
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    Ive seen heat treatment work really well. Different protectants seem to work for a while. I used Back to Black on my old XJ. But it seemed every thing i ever used was only a temporary fix. The never ending....how to thread. :annoyed:. However...I replaced my JKs flares with painted flares. Never an issue with me again. :taco:
     
  11. May 11, 2019 at 6:09 AM
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    Yes, Did this about a year and a half ago. I was skeptical before trying but this absolutely does work.

    See my before and after pics below...... Pay no attention to my old stock rims, front bumper and hood latches LOL.

     
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