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Old 09-30-2008, 09:55 PM   #1
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Faded Fender Flares

I recently bought a 2000 wrangler and the fender flares are looking a little faded. This is because the owner before me got wax on them. Any ideas on how to fix this and make them look new?

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Old 09-30-2008, 10:00 PM   #2
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Everything that is on the market says it will work and dont get me wrong it will work for about a month but I just got some plastic bound spray paint and they have looked brand new since I did it 4 years ago

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Old 09-30-2008, 10:16 PM   #3
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i got a 2000 tj with the same problem and i took my fender flares off and spray painted them black just like Jrzymilitia did and they made the whole jeep look a lot better
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Everything that is on the market says it will work and dont get me wrong it will work for about a month but I just got some plastic bound spray paint and they have looked brand new since I did it 4 years ago
I have the same problem and have been using Mothers Back to Black.And your right,good for about a month.

Think I'll try the paint myself,is it a dull finish paint?

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the paint finish depends on the type of paint you use obviously. So far every one i've heard of has had good results with Krylon paints.

also its not wax that fades them.. its the crappy plastic that is used. Its normal. Make sure you clean them with some alcohol or whatever to remove any wax on them before you paint.
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I have the same problem and have been using Mothers Back to Black.And your right,good for about a month.

Think I'll try the paint myself,is it a dull finish paint?

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Depends on the paint you use, really. I would suggest Krylon Fusion, its made for plastics. It gives kind of a semi-gloss finish.

I actually just replaced my flares today. I would have just painted them, but I needed the extra coverage to keep it inspectable.
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My 2000 Sport fenders faded. I tried to keep them black, but couldn't. I just ended up buying some after market OEMs. Cheaper than the Mopar ones. Took a couple of hours to replace and some very dirty hands. Also you get to find out how bad the factory screwed up the screws, nuts, and bolts that they used to attach the fenders.
Cost me around $150 w/shipping for the fenders. What you decide to do will depend on how well you can live and continually maintain your faded fenders.
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Took a couple of hours to replace and some very dirty hands. Also you get to find out how bad the factory screwed up the screws, nuts, and bolts that they used to attach the fenders.
Seriously. I thought mine were going to be a quick swap. Nope. Chysler had to use rivnuts... Nice, loose, spinning-in-place rivnuts.
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Seriously. I thought mine were going to be a quick swap. Nope. Chysler had to use rivnuts... Nice, loose, spinning-in-place rivnuts.
Oh so then it just wasn't me. It was Chrysler! Those bastards!
I thought it was just my TJ. I had to get a rivet puller for the last two rivets on both sides of the rear fender. Thanks for sharing.
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Seriously. I thought mine were going to be a quick swap. Nope. Chysler had to use rivnuts... Nice, loose, spinning-in-place rivnuts.
a set of vice grips work like charm grab the riv and screw away
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a set of vice grips work like charm grab the riv and screw away
Thats what I ended up doing, but damn... I actually had to remove the battery to get to one in the front passengers side.

Luckily, my rear ones didn't spin at all. THAT would have been a bitch.
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use a heat gun... painting them is just another headache.. they will crack from road debris expecially ifyou mudd
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use a heat gun... painting them is just another headache.. they will crack from road debris expecially ifyou mudd

Have you used the heat gun method? If yes, when did you heat them up?

i used it. They looked nice for 3 months. Currently they are worse than they were before i heated them up.
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I think they look better faded, then again, I think this topic has been covered before.
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nopoe havent used it only seen it... but i have seen painted fenders... they look amazing... but once taken off road the debris kicked up from the tires just ruins them and makes them crack..
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I did the Krylon fusion paint method Semi-gloss. They look amazing, just like new. Make sure you rub them off good with some Mineral Spirits before you do it.
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I did the Krylon paint, very easy, very cheap
heres a link to my painted fender flares when I did it
painted the fenders
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Choices:
1- Back to Black type stuff - generally fades quickly
2- Replace with new OEM or aftermarket flares - can be pricey
3- Leave as is
4- wheel and cover with mud
5- repaint with Krylon Fusion (usually Satin Black) for Plastics
6- Gatorback - used for Chevy Avalanches - kinda like Linex for plastic and used on fenders, flares, tonneau covers, etc. A bit pricier, but should hold up well.

With 5 and 6, the quality of the application depends ENTIRELY upon the prep work to accept the paint/gatorback. If you don't clean them well and get residues off, they'll flake and look like crap quite quickly. Soap/water, dry, then rubbing alcohol is a great start. If you find any other surface cleaners to remove residues, that would help too. Gatorback actually has a cleaner/prep solution that is meant to clean all residues off the surface to be treated. I have can of that and 2 cans of the Gatorback to apply to my fenders. It looks incredible on my Avalanche and will soon be going on my fenders. It just isn't high on my list right now.
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I did the Krylon paint, very easy, very cheap
heres a link to my painted fender flares when I did it
painted the fenders
Very good looking job!

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I think they look better faded, then again, I think this topic has been covered before.
No it hasn't, the search doesnt show a thing.

Anyhow here is the heat gun method. They lookED very nice but currently they look like a zebra. Light here, black there. (fronts are painted, rears are heated)



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No it hasn't, the search doesnt show a thing.

Anyhow here is the heat gun method. They lookED very nice but currently they look like a zebra. Light here, black there. (fronts are painted, rears are heated)
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take your pick.
I pick this one
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Very good looking job!

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Rex the guy with the rainbow hair did it not him

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