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Old 03-17-2009, 10:59 PM   #1
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Post how to restore fender flairs?

i have a 1999 wrangler se that i just bought. the fender flairs are in good shape but they are faded to gray. whats a easy way to restore them to a black and if painted what paint wont chip.

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Old 03-17-2009, 11:05 PM   #2
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welcome shorty. this is a commonly asked question. a quick search found this thread: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/tj-s...res-26515.html

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Krylon (spelling?) has a paint for plastic that does a nice job. I used a no name brand on mine and it held up well. You can paint them on the Jeep, but you need to mask it off really well. You can also use a heat gun on them and it will bring back some of the black.
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Old 03-17-2009, 11:13 PM   #4
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I went to the local autoparts store and bought bumper paint.

But I second what 4jeep says, I currently have marks about and inch off of my fender flairs cause I didnt mask it well enough.
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Old 03-17-2009, 11:33 PM   #5
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Taking them off is a bI$ch most of the time cause the screws are stripped..I used plastic bond spray paint and it worked great..the only thing you have to worry about is chipping them while wheeling or power washing the paint off
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Old 03-18-2009, 02:56 AM   #6
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whoa dude!! my flares never faded like that! black to gray? hmm maybe because its all the coats i keep putting on every year because of the chipping.
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Old 03-18-2009, 05:23 AM   #7
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hey yeah, my jeep has the same prob. but i got some krylon satain black spray paint for plastic for like 4 bucks a can. i got 2 i dunno if thats enough but ill find out tomorrow.
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Old 03-19-2009, 12:36 AM   #8
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hi all i am new here i just got my jeep last week, 99 4.0 auto 31" tires, my flares were faded bad also i got krylon fusion satin black and painted them. i removed them that is a pain next time i have to do it i will mask. they turned out looking good prepped and cleaned with mineral spirits, took about 2 1/2 cans to do all. we will see how long it last.
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Old 03-19-2009, 02:39 PM   #9
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Shit man i just used flat black spray pant and my shit looks amazing... then i put some tire shiner on them and they look good as new.
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Old 03-19-2009, 04:09 PM   #10
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They should be covered with mud anyway, so why waste the time and cash?

When I'm motivated and wash my Jeep, I use Formula 2000 and it works for about a couple of months.
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Krylon has a paint for plastic that does a nice job.
Exactly, it is Krylon Fusion which is specifically formulated for painting flexible vinyl.

Or first, go get a heat gun and use it on the flares. Not a hair dryer, a heat gun... it needs to get hot enough to barely melt the top layer of the vinyl. It's pretty amazing to watch, it's as if the heat gun was spraying black paint. It will only last six months or so but it does turn them black again.
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did mine rear two flares came out ok.. but a lot of distortion with the heat and lines... im gonna do the krylon when i go home for easter.. soo as for the painting.. how do you prep? how many coats of paint and which color of black pics please? and how many clear coats?
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I just used dupli-color "bumper coating"

I just painted my flares and they were a PAIN to get off. Once off though, I used dupli-color "Bumper Coating" and it worked awesome. I've had them painted for a few weeks and one power wash so far and all is still great.
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You guys are making this WAY too hard. Try Mothers Back to Black its like 5 bucks a bottle and a bottle will last two years. Just wipe it on an let it soak in. It might take a few applications but it will look nice and its easy
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Exactly, it is Krylon Fusion which is specifically formulated for painting flexible vinyl.

Or first, go get a heat gun and use it on the flares. Not a hair dryer, a heat gun... it needs to get hot enough to barely melt the top layer of the vinyl. It's pretty amazing to watch, it's as if the heat gun was spraying black paint. It will only last six months or so but it does turn them black again.
x2 I just used a heat gun on mine a few weeks ago and they turned out nice. And still look good. You have to clean all the old "Products" off of them before you heat them up. The Waxes in the previous products will make the flairs blotchy looking. Also try to do it out of the wind and above 50* it will be a more uniformed finish.



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You guys are making this WAY too hard. Try Mothers Back to Black its like 5 bucks a bottle and a bottle will last two years. Just wipe it on an let it soak in. It might take a few applications but it will look nice and its easy
I have use Back to Black a lot on my mine and found that as soon as I got mud on them is sucked the stuff right out of the plastic and left them looking spotty.
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You guys are making this WAY too hard. Try Mothers Back to Black its like 5 bucks a bottle and a bottle will last two years. Just wipe it on an let it soak in. It might take a few applications but it will look nice and its easy
After trying it several times over several days years ago, I returned it and got my $$$ back. I've tried 2-3 other similar products too and all were pretty much the same... lots of promise on the label that didn't turn out in reality.
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P.S. One thing that I recently learned that shocked the hell out of me is that there were actually Jeep TJs that came with gray flares. I forget the circumstances but it was one of those I'll be darned moments. The flares of the OP in the above pic sure look a lot more gray than I have ever seen.
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Yeah, they honestly look like they're supposed to be that color. That is a LOT more gray than my flares after 4 years....
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You guys are making this WAY too hard. Try Mothers Back to Black its like 5 bucks a bottle and a bottle will last two years. Just wipe it on an let it soak in. It might take a few applications but it will look nice and its easy
sorry but that works for the day and barely at that... water and a few days time its back to grey.. heat gun works for temp usage..
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idk but they might be. In some spots where they are scratched they are black. I am only the second owner and i dont think that the previous owner ever touched them, so they have been sitting in the sun for the last 10 years.
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i just put mine back on tonight.painted them with bull dog spray adhesive induscer? it makes paint stick to plastic. then painted them with satin black painted. they really turned out nice compared to the faded black which turned into grey. very satisfied.
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I used Krylon for plastic. Great results You don't have to remove them to paint. Just stick some Index cards or Yellow Manilla folders in between the flare and the body, and hold them in place with blue masking tape, clean flares, and paint away!
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this is how the flares came out after shorty and I painted them with the fusion flat paint. The heat gun kind of worked but we liked this better.Click image for larger version

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If you try to remove your flares in order to paint them, you'll be back on here asking how to remove some of the screws.
Therefore, I would go get some index cards, masking tape, and maybe some large, brown paper sacks (grocery bags) and mask everything off and just paint them in the fixed position.
I did mine a couple weeks ago, and got much more satisfaction out of using the index cards for painting/masking purposes, than I ever did for using them on a school project.
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+1 on painting them with some Krylon.

A pack of 4 x 6 index cards, a bit of blue painter's tape, 2 hours of free time and a little care makes them look fantastic. I actually used a slightly different paint on mine, opting for flat black light textured. It worked amazingly well.
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They have a specific paint for bumpers. It's already slighly rubberized and doesn't chip.

These are the flares on my 11 yr old Jeep withOUT any armor all, etc.

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I seen a pair with bed liner on them. looked tough and held up great... I use back to black on mine.. It goes on like shoe polish and usually looks good for 6 months or so.. As gray as yours are it will probaly take 4-5 coats.. U can apply as many as u need to make as dark as you want..
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You guys are making this WAY too hard. Try Mothers Back to Black its like 5 bucks a bottle and a bottle will last two years. Just wipe it on an let it soak in. It might take a few applications but it will look nice and its easy
ive used this before but it rubs black stuff on to me very very sad when it happens
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i use a rag and tire wet do it after a wash before i hit the tires takes a few minuts more but looks great worke real good on the bumpers and tow hooks too plus the mud comes off easyer also
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I had my flares painted when I got my Jeep repainted last summer.... sounded good at 1st and looked great- One night I went to pick up a couple of buddies at the bar, and one of them decided that it was a good idea to use the flare as a step to get into the back seat!!!! The paint instantly chipped all over the place and now looks like crap= Don't paint flares!!!

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