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Old 10-18-2012, 05:28 PM   #1
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Faded Plastic

The only not-so-good looking part of my 12 year old tj is the faded plastic fenders and bumper ends. Any ideas on how to make them new again? Thought about painting or rubber coating but would rather have the original look back. But I am open to any options.

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Old 10-18-2012, 05:30 PM   #2
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Either bed line or spray paint is the way to go. I just sprayed mine with satin black paint from Home Depot

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Old 10-18-2012, 05:32 PM   #3
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1) Remove milk jugs - solved

2) A permanent fix would be the heat gun trick or bed lining as suggested. I've been holding off on this and I used Mothers "Back to Black" It gets the flares looking really nice but only last a month or two at best before needing to be reapplied. This will work on your milk jugs as well
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:40 PM   #4
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I just used some SEM Rubberized Undercoating on my mirrors, door handles, wiper blades today and very pleased with the results! It has only slight texture to it. Be careful when using undercoating - some is asphalt based and goes on with a very heavy texture more similar to truck bed liner. The SEM is very similar to the Rubicon black finish...

Now other option is to use a Krylon fusion - plastic paint. If you do decide to use the rubberized undercoating or any other paint not intended for plastic, you should lightly scuff your flares with a grey pad (scotch brite fine) and then apply an adhesion promoter. Very important step. Also you'll want to clean those flares up real good with some rubbing alchohol before you spray anything...
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