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Old 09-28-2009, 09:39 PM   #1
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Heat Gun!

First of all - I've had my Jeep since last March and love it. What I REALLY love is this forum and how much I have learned. From seat covers to a new starter and O2 sensor, you guys have been a big help.

Today I tried the heat gun trick on my faded fender flairs, and wow! I don't think any of the pictures I have seen do the remarkable difference justice. I took some comparison shots that might help people see how effective this really is:
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It really does feel like you are spraying on paint. So - thanks again!

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Old 09-28-2009, 09:47 PM   #2
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That looks great. I might have to try it now.

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Old 09-28-2009, 10:18 PM   #3
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Yes it is great, I did it on my rear jugs... (that's what she said)(ha, ha, ha)
It looks great and a cheap way to do it. Just takes a little time though, but well worth it.
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Looks good, i have been debating whether to spraypaint or heat gun mine. I think spraypaint would be cheaper than a heatgun. lol
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Old 09-28-2009, 11:27 PM   #5
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heat gun is easier than painting (no prep, masking) and the gun will never flake like paint, and the gun will never run out of "paint"
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Old 09-28-2009, 11:41 PM   #6
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i dont have a heat gun so i did mine with a torch. came out fine if you ask me. even got to melt out some of the trail scars that the flairs had. just be careful if your using a tprch. BUT if you mess up whats the worst that you have to do, paint them?
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Old 09-29-2009, 11:12 AM   #7
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heat gun trick

Could someone please post how this trick works, or what i need to do, I have tried looking for the trick in the forums without much luck, but might be the answer to my problems??? greatly appreciated
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Old 09-29-2009, 11:18 AM   #8
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Buy a heat gun and point it at the flares, you'll catch on in 3.2 seconds.
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Old 09-29-2009, 02:39 PM   #9
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you dont remove them before doing that?
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:34 PM   #10
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you dont remove them before doing that?
nope, not enough heat/time to hurt the paint.
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Old 09-29-2009, 07:42 PM   #11
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I used vinyl top dressing.....worked just fine.
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Old 09-29-2009, 08:03 PM   #12
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flares

I have used back to black, however it doesnt last that long, so i plan to give the heat gun a try, will start with the little side molding part, then go from there, how long does this heat gun trick last?
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How much did you guys spend on your heat guns? Cheapest I can find is on amazon for like $30, but I dont know if it will be able to do it.
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I bought mine at Home Depot for $21.
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I just did 1 side... it doesn't come up as nice as yours but it still lot better than what it was. tomorrow I'll finish the other side.
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Old 09-29-2009, 11:09 PM   #17
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I did that 2 weeks ago and it ruined my fender flairs, once it cools down and in the light there will be white faded lines all over almost like if you were bend plastic and it start to stretch. I watched a video on YouTube and did everything like he said and was very disappointed. Maybe there was something I missed or did wrong. Let me know how its turns out.
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Old 09-30-2009, 01:06 AM   #18
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dman, you might not have pointed it long enough at the flare? Some people just go and swipe it taking no time at all. It takes times, just be careful and go slow.
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You guys sold me on the heat gun!
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i think depending of how bad is the plastic, we'll get different results. for some reason, my front fender doesnt come as good as the rear .... but still better than what it was .
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Now I wish I wouldn't have painted them over the weekend! I've got a heat gun! Guess I'll wait for the paint to chip off!
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Old 10-02-2009, 03:10 PM   #22
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After almost a week and about 1000 miles of driving in some nasty rain, etc, they still look great.

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