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Old 03-26-2010, 06:54 PM   #1
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Paint or heat gun

Have been debating whether to paint my faded flares or to try the heat gun trick.I think that if your jeep has a quality paint job on the body then painting the flares is the way to go.If your jeep is more like mine,rough around the edges,then using a heat gun will look more in place with body as painting them may look too perfect.By the way,to whoever took the time to first experiment with the heat trick,thanks.
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:06 PM   #2
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Looks great man!

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Old 03-26-2010, 07:07 PM   #3
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What temp rating was the heat gun you used?
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:09 PM   #4
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I'll go get it.1000w on low,1500w on high.Used high setting.The best thing about this whole deal-got the gun for 22$ tax included at Menards.
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:20 PM   #5
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Read it wrong,thats fan speed,the temp is 700 on low-920 on high.
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:35 PM   #6
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I'll go get it.1000w on low,1500w on high.Used high setting.The best thing about this whole deal-got the gun for 22$ tax included at Menards.
What the heck is Menards? 900+ degrees is pretty hot . . . how far did you keep it away from the flare to keep it from melting? Yikes wouldn't want to get that thing close to your fingers when working on something.
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:40 PM   #7
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Thanks baja, I've seen a cheap one at Ace that has a 1000* rating, that would do the trick... if I ever get around to doing it.
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:42 PM   #8
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home improvement and construction supply chain.They are everywhere in the midwest.
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:51 PM   #9
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Yah, it's pronounced May-nerds.
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:57 PM   #10
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if it doesn't last,I have back-up.
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:03 PM   #11
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What the heck is Menards? 900+ degrees is pretty hot . . . how far did you keep it away from the flare to keep it from melting? Yikes wouldn't want to get that thing close to your fingers when working on something.
About 3 inches maybe.It turned the flare black instantly like I was painting it,and I moved about as fast.The flare maintained its texture,thats to say it didn't go flat as in melting,just pulled the die out of the plastic to the surface.
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:07 PM   #12
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Also,Harbor freight had about 50 of them on a pallet for 9.99,but they looked cheaply made to me so I bought a heavy duty one,I've got some vinyl flooring to pull in a closet,kill 2 birds with one stone as it were.
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kill 2 birds with one stone as it were.
More like using a flamethrower to toast a loaf of bread.
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:43 PM   #14
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This is what it looks like when you use a propane torch to remove cut-back adhesive.My wife was freaking out when she seen the flooring burn!The heat gun will make life much easier in the closet!The funny part is,I wouldn't buy the gun for her floor then,but when I needed it for the jeep.................
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Old 03-28-2010, 10:12 PM   #15
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I tested it on one of my TJ fenders yesterday and it works although time consuming. However I would prefer the heat treatment as opposed to painting it as I'm a lousy messy painter. So I will try a full fender tomorrow and see how much time it's going to require.
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I've never heard of this treatment, would definitely like to see some before and after shots.
My flares are scratched to pieces but not yet faded. Hopefully I will have a full set of tubes by the end of summer!
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Heres the best before shot I can find.Click on it.
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HOLY CRAP! That really works!... Nice passenger side fender there
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What Evans said... HOLY CRAP!

I've done that on little pieces of plastic before, never EVER would have thought to try it on flares.
I'm definitely going to pass this info along. Thankee!
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Its weird,everytime I take a pic with this camera,the fender looks smushed.
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Its weird,everytime I take a pic with this camera,the fender looks smushed.
I must have the same camera baja, mine does the exact same thing..... weird
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Wow that looks great, what type of prep if any is involved? Just turn the gun on high and blast away? Any tips or anything you would have done different if you were to do it again? I have heat guns at work I'm thinking about borrowing one this week to do it.
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Its weird,everytime I take a pic with this camera,the fender looks smushed.

LMAO!
You are hereby expressly forbidden to take pictures of my Jeep with THAT camera
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Wow that looks great, what type of prep if any is involved? Just turn the gun on high and blast away? Any tips or anything you would have done different if you were to do it again? I have heat guns at work I'm thinking about borrowing one this week to do it.
Just washed the mud off the flares and melted away.
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LMAO!
You are hereby expressly forbidden to take pictures of my Jeep with THAT camera
Say cheese louise!
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wish I would have known about this before I painted mine...was a bit of a pain... Oh well, it worked and is holding up. Definitly looks good with the heat gun
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Say cheese louise!
I'mma beat you kid!
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Well, this might be a little more what I had in mind:

"Step away from my rig with that cursed camera kid!"
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work on horizontal posts?

I was just out in the garage loking at Carlos' faded roll cage pads and horizontal posts and after reading this I wonder if the heat trick would work for the plastic horizontal posts just behind the seats? I know I have to die the material thats faded and my 7" flares are only a few months old. It would be nice to have all the "black" match again! Carlos is such a Diva!

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