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Old 05-16-2014, 07:46 PM   #1
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Fix/Replace Worn Out Fenders

I have a 2005 TJ, Khaki colored. However, the plastic fenders have faded over time. When I bought the Jeep they were already a light grey color. How could I fix this or go about replacing them. Much appreciated.

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Old 05-16-2014, 08:36 PM   #2
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I saw a post earlier today from the build section and the person used a heat gun on them and it made them look like new. I think he said 20 mins

It was 1997 TJ Build On A Budget. I'd post the link but I'm not sure how to do it on the phone app.

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Old 05-16-2014, 09:12 PM   #3
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Just prep the flares and spray a couple coats of krylon fusion.$15 in materials and your flares will look better than new
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Old 05-16-2014, 09:39 PM   #4
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I saw that video about the heat gun. That was pretty cool. Thanks for the input. I eventually want to put aftermarket flares on.
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:59 AM   #5
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Also Walmart had several brands of plastic restorer. One of which, I think it was Armor All, showed a Jeep and it's fenders.
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Old 05-18-2014, 04:14 PM   #6
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'Back to Black' works well for me.
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Old 05-22-2014, 12:54 AM   #7
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The problem I have is that the original black fenders are sun faded and are now grey. I would like to try a cheap option before just buying new fender flares.
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Paint em. Bedliner. Cheaper and better looking than new.
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'Back to Black' works well for me.
I just got a 99 TJ and the Back to Black worked great on the fenders as well as the hardtop
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That fender is before and the side step is the after
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Another vote for Krylon Fusion. Just went through a second record-breaking Chicago winter with mine on a daily driver TJ that hits the highway often. They're still in great shape.
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Old 05-26-2014, 02:22 AM   #12
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The back to black looks good. How long did it last? After thinking about it I am leaning towards Krylon Fusion. Did you have to remove the fenders to paint them or did you just tape everything off?
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The back to black looks good. How long did it last? After thinking about it I am leaning towards Krylon Fusion. Did you have to remove the fenders to paint them or did you just tape everything off?
I used Back to Black last week and so far it doesn't show any fading! I didn't tape up the car because the product won't damage the paint or leave any stains.
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The back to black looks good. How long did it last? After thinking about it I am leaning towards Krylon Fusion. Did you have to remove the fenders to paint them or did you just tape everything off?
I just took mine off. Get a pair of extended needle nose pliers and a ratcheting wrench. It makes pulling the flares off so much easier.

Some people prefer taping it. However, pulling the flares off also has the added bonus of being able to clean gunk out on the covered part of the fender and the inside part of the flare.

It takes more time to remove the flares than taping them off, but I think being able to get them off, hose 'em down, and cover every possible angle without bending around like a contortionist is a lot easier.
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Old 05-26-2014, 03:24 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the advice. At some point I want to buy new flares but wanted to try and restore the current ones first.

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