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Old 04-04-2014, 09:35 PM   #1
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Fading Stock Fenders

I've seen a lot of threads concerning the fading color on the stock Jeep Wrangler fenders. What would you guys suggest? I know I've seen some people mention Fusion Paint and was wondering if this is an item you guys would suggest (Amazon.com: Krylon K02519000 Fusion For Plastic Aerosol Spray Paint, 12-Ounce, Flat Black: Home Improvement Thanks

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Old 04-04-2014, 09:44 PM   #2
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I don't know how it does it but the sun sorta bakes the oil out of the fenders. I have seen people use anything like rear axle fluid. Oil. Trans fluid. Any type of oil and rub it on the fenders about 4-6 times a year and that's how they keep it looking like it did from day one. I tried it on a jeep with the fenders faded. It did work a little. Not as much as I thought it would. But I only put a small drop on it. So not sure if that would work or not. Just my two cents.

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Old 04-04-2014, 09:50 PM   #3
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There's stuff you can get that brings it back. I've never tried it. People on here have though. You can find it at the auto store.

I plan on lining mine instead. If they come out great. I'll do the bumpers as well. Don't know when I'll get around to it though :/
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What ever you do. Don't paint them. Working in a shop. I see people all the time who painted it, and it looks good for a while. I'll give it that. But it'll start to chip after a while.
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I used a Tire Black product that worked much better than I expected on my previous Jeep. My mirrors, door handles and roof rack were turning that ugly, faded grey, so on a whim I used the tire black since I had it. It came out beautifully! It also lasted about 5 years after 1 application. It was starting to fade again when I traded it for my Wrangler.
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:27 AM   #6
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Thanks a lot for all of your responses. Very helpful!
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Sand them and have them color match painted
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There's a product called wipe new for $20 at Wal-Mart and autozone that works well to. I did this and came back looking brand new. It's been 6+ months and still looks new.
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I use 303 areospace it works very well ive been using it from day one .it has uv blockers in it to help from fading .if there to far gone i would hunt craiglist for a set that someone has takin off recently
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There's a product called wipe new for $20 at Wal-Mart and autozone that works well to. I did this and came back looking brand new. It's been 6+ months and still looks new.
I remember the wipe new commercials and I wasn't sure that it really worked as advertised. Sounds like its working good for you though. May give it a shot.

I did the trick on mine with the heatgun that makes the fenders look black again. I don't recommend it. It looks good for awhile but then fades even worse.

Any ideas on how to remove mud/clay from wheeling? I have it on all my fenders and it won't wash off at all.
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Mine did that, I used a product called "back to black" and it just was OK. It looked nice for a month, but then faded again. Company called "mothers" makes it.

This year I'm going to go with stuff called "poorboys" my buddy uses it and swears by it.
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Good excuse to get flat fenders
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Any ideas on how to remove mud/clay from wheeling? I have it on all my fenders and it won't wash off at all.
Armor All cleaner wipes. 2 wipes per fender. Removes ground in mud and dirt after you wash the Jeep.
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Mine did that, I used a product called "back to black" and it just was OK. It looked nice for a month, but then faded again. Company called "mothers" makes it.

This year I'm going to go with stuff called "poorboys" my buddy uses it and swears by it.
Poorboys has excellent products!
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Armor All cleaner wipes. 2 wipes per fender. Removes ground in mud and dirt after you wash the Jeep.
Thanks! I'll give it a shot.
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I have a '08 JKUR and the fenders were faded from UV exposure. I painted them with Rust-oleum paint made for plastic. Cleaned the fenders very well, wiped them down with alcohol to remove any oils that may be remaining & painted it. I painted them 7months ago & there aren't any signs of chipping. I scrub them with a brush when I clean the Jeep and still no issues. Make sure you use light coats of paint and allow it to dry between coats.
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Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme after each car wash. Seriously. It's also great for rubbing out gasoline stains on the fender caused by a dripping gas nozzle.
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I use 303 areospace it works very well ive been using it from day one .it has uv blockers in it to help from fading .if there to far gone i would hunt craiglist for a set that someone has takin off recently
x2 from day 1 also.
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Armorall has a product, I haven't tried it yet.

Trim & Plastic Restoration | Armor All

I've used liquid black shoe polish on tires and plastic and then a sealer on top with good results.
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I used the Armor All cleaning wipes today. They worked a little bit, but there are still mud stains on the fenders.

I bought the Wipe New stuff at walmart because I had a gift card, I'll post up the results once I apply it.
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Meguairs plastic and rubber finish and a lot of elbow grease.
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Wipe New works pretty well. Of course time will tell but I applied it about an hour ago and it looks good. The instructions are kind of daunting though. You have to wear gloves and it is very toxic smelling. My fenders are jacked up from the aforementioned heating gun but besides those areas I think the Wipe New actually makes them look good and dark. Hope it lasts!
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Mine did that, I used a product called "back to black" and it just was OK. It looked nice for a month, but then faded again. Company called "mothers" makes it.

This year I'm going to go with stuff called "poorboys" my buddy uses it and swears by it.
I've used Mothers Back-to-Black on the lower cladding on my Pontiac Vibe a few times. It looks really good when done, but will fade over time—how long depends on the weather. Here in Fla. we get a lot of sun so if it's an outside car I find it looks good for only 2, maybe 3 months. Now the Vibe is garaged & looks good for ~6 months.

2 caveats: don't get it wet right after using the stuff (it will streak), and the cladding on my Vibe is like a medium-darkish grey, lighter than the plastic on the Wrangler—don't know if that'll make a difference.

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x2 from day 1 also.
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+1 for 303 aerospace... it protects and won't leave the fenders looking oily
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I used the Armor All cleaning wipes today. They worked a little bit, but there are still mud stains on the fenders.

I bought the Wipe New stuff at walmart because I had a gift card, I'll post up the results once I apply it.
I had some trouble taking off the mud stains too. Try simple green HD. Spray that on and scrub with a brush and if possible pressure wash. That should work.
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I was going to try this. But after reading the instructions I said forget it. I'm still arty on lining them


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There's a product called wipe new for $20 at Wal-Mart and autozone that works well to. I did this and came back looking brand new. It's been 6+ months and still looks new.
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Forever Black is good, it lasted me a good 6 months with normal washing, and I could stretch it to a year if I went dirty awhile. Use it liberally, and a few coats will soak in and last. It reminds me of edge black - which I've also used in a pinch. Edge black wears faster.
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I strongly advise NOT to use armor all. It will make any plastic dry out and crack.
x2 on aerospace 303 or mothers back to black.

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