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Old 03-08-2012, 08:15 PM   #1
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How to clean black plastic fenders & bumpers

Please chime in on this thread for the best tips on how to clean black plastic fender flares and bumpers on Jeep Wranglers.

I've noticed at times dirt from rags and cleaners can get into the texture of my brand new black fender flares and bumpers and cause the black plastic to show white smears and streaks. It is very difficult to remove. I've tried Windex, Goo Be Gone, Alcohol, and Car Wash. After the fender dries, the white streaks and smears are still there. They appear as a faint white haze.

What products (cleaners or brushes) and/or techniques do you use to maintain the black plastic finish on your fender flares?

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For mud...pressurized water gun on the end of a garden hose and use hand to remove big clumps

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Hose em off with hp water, and after they dry use Aerospace 303 on em. I use the 303 on everything plastic, and even on my soft top canvas (with a soft bristle brush.)

You can get it at some ACE Harware stores, and at marine supply stores.

Stuff rocks.
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Hose em off with hp water, and after they dry use Aerospace 303 on em. I use the 303 on everything plastic, and even on my soft top canvas (with a soft bristle brush.)

You can get it at some ACE Harware stores, and at marine supply stores.

Stuff rocks.
Guess I'm getting some 303 this weekend
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Guess I'm getting some 303 this weekend
You can get here if you can't find it in stores:

http://www.amazon.com/303-Aerospace-...8904835&sr=1-3

Numerous WF testimonials on 303. Here are a couple:

Cleaning Plastic on Jeep

Keeping the black stuff looking good
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You can get here if you can't find it in stores:

http://www.amazon.com/303-Aerospace-...8904835&sr=1-3

Numerous WF testimonials on 303. Here are a couple:

Cleaning Plastic on Jeep

Keeping the black stuff looking good
I'll just go to Ace. It's less than a mile away

Would you also use this on a hard top?(not color matched)
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what i have been doing on the 12 since new.

1. clean with a good APC and brush. purple power etc....
2. completly dry.
3. apply CG NEW LOOK TRIM GEL. amazing stuff! just a few drops on a foam pad will do it.

Chemical Guys Extended Life New Look Trim Gel
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How do you keep your fenders black after cleaning them? Does it work for a soft top to? My fenders and bumpers are mostly sunbleached so they look greyish now. Is there a way to keep both of them looking like a wet shiny black? Thanks!
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Those white smears and streaks sounds like wax to me.The only thing I have found so far that is good at removing the white streaks and keeping the black nice and shiny black is peanut cooking oil. Yep its cheap and it works.
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I use Back to Black, and Turtle Wax Ice.
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Ok sounds like the 303 stuff works
One question will the 303 damage the paint

Thanks

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This is what I do and turns out better then new.

Get a hard brush soap mixed with simple green. Scrub it. Wash it off. Let it dry.

I use tire shine on them, and rub it in with a microfiber towel. It adds water repellent to it plus keeps it nice. Let it dry.

I seal it with meguiars black plastic restorer.
Wipe off after it dries. perfect shine.
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We use Aerospace 303 on the inside and Mothers Back to Black on the plastic outside.
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Mothers has a new product out called Trim Cleaner, comes in a box with a brush too. I looked locally and ended up ordering it on-line from autogeek. It is the real deal!
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Lucas Oil Slick mist works as good or better than 303.
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I've used Mother's Back to Black but decided to stick with Meguiar's. I found that if it would rain after using Mother's Back to Black, that it would streak down the side of the vehicle and just look awful.
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what i have been doing on the 12 since new. 1. clean with a good APC and brush. purple power etc.... 2. completly dry. 3. apply CG NEW LOOK TRIM GEL. amazing stuff! just a few drops on a foam pad will do it. Chemical Guys Extended Life New Look Trim Gel
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For a quick rub down, I like the armorall cleaning wipes. NOT the protectant wipes, just the cleaning ones. They seem to do a decent job.
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2 questions...

For a power hose attachment, do you guys have anything that you recommend specifically? Or will anything work just fine?

Also, what types of brushes do you guys use for cleaning your soft tops?

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I use the Lucas Slick Mist on the inside. Doesnt attract dust and has a nice scent. For the flares and bumpers Back to Black and then Turtle Wax Ice. I never tried 303, but Ive tried about everything else.
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I did a search on here a while back because of the same issue and decided to give Mother's Back to Black a try and it works well for me. I used it on my stock flares, rear bumper and my door handles and it made them look nice and shiny and new again as they were starting to fade and had been stained with mud. It's been about three weeks since I lasted used it and it has rained quite bit over the last week and they still look great.
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Does Turtle wax Ice result in a darker black, just treated look? How long does it last? I like the idea of just using 1 product and I've read here before that it works. Got my Flame-Red JK in Nov. and haven't been able to do anything with regards to cleaning outside except going through do-it-yourself car wash. On my '95 jeep I just used regular liquid Mother's carnuba but it has smooth plastic trim as apposed to textured on new JK. It doesn't leave little white specks in crevices does it?
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How do you keep your fenders black after cleaning them? Does it work for a soft top to? My fenders and bumpers are mostly sunbleached so they look greyish now. Is there a way to keep both of them looking like a wet shiny black? Thanks!
Try wipe new ( as seen on TV) it works, put it on 2000 jeep. Brings back the luster.
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I use Back to Black, and Turtle Wax Ice.
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+1 on 303 for everything
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I use Turtle Wax Ice on the body and Back to Black on the fenders and bumpers. I don't like the super glossy look so I will rub it on with a towel as opposed to spraying it and just letting it sit. I've had good luck with both products.
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Back to Black works great and Meguire's Ultra Shine protectant works in a pinch. O'Reiley's had a special this week on Mother's Back to Black: if you bought the $9.99 trim cleaner you get Back to Black for free.

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