I have finally acquired my first jeep !! I was wanting to get some input on what everyone uses to clean the black fenders and keep them black. I'm sure I will have more questions as time goes on!!. Thanks in advance for your help.
I've used the "Back to Black" before on another vehicle. One thing I noticed about it was that it seemed to stain the paint... Not really stain, but it altered the finish. So use caution.
I used it on a black vehicle and the areas where the compound got on the paint was very noticeable. IMO... If you're gonna spend the money on Back to Black (cuz once you start using it, you have to keep using it), why not take the extra time and trouble in the beginning and just re-paint them?
Take them off and paint them. I had a buddy who did this a few weeks ago, damn thing looks brand new now! Of course he is an idiot and painted them on the jeep and his taping skillz arent up to par and now has overspray. So I would suggest taking them off.
use sandpaper/rubbing compound
why paint them? when i did my 03 i used rubbing compound followed by mothers carnuba wax.. you could see yourself in them.
my niece bought a 98 a few months ago and the fenders were so bad they were chalky and almost green, a can of rubbing compound and a lot of elbow grease later they are better than new.
next time i do a set ill probably just remove them, sandpaper, rubbing compound, mothers wax just to see if its easier than doing it on the vehicle.
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I have a 98 TJ and mine were faded grey and ugly.... I took them off just a few days ago and used the Krylon spray paint for plastics and they look new again! I also used some spray paint bed liner to give them some texture. Like other have said it really makes the Jeep look new again!! I'd post a picture but I am at work and dont have one handy at the moment.....
Ok, took a pic w/ the camera phone... not great but you get the idea.
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duh? I meant without it getting to the point of painting them - a way to upkeep them to extend their life BEFORE it gets to the stage of having to paint them. Mine is a 2005, and garage kept so they are by no means ready for paint. Armour All can only do so much.
Thanks for all of the good advice. I got the back to black and used it. My fenders look great, I did get some on the paint and it was very noticible, but returned to normal when I washed it. When they go grey again, I'll probably just try the paint. Thanks again.!!!