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Old 03-07-2014, 09:25 PM   #1
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Painting plastic body pieces

I've got a 2002 TJ and the bumpers, side steps and fender flares are faded to hell. It's been a while, but I've read about the heat gun option on the flares, but painting seems to be the more permanent solution. I've got some old (probably 10 years old or so) spray rhino-lining type spray cans I found in my dad's stash. I don't know if the age would effect it, but would rhino lining these pieces look strange, or should I just go for a normal paint? Is there one that is typically recommended?

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Old 03-08-2014, 12:06 AM   #2
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I personally love the way the rhino lining looks(Rustoleum is cheaper i believe and looks the same). Another option is Krylon fusion for plastic, they make paints specifically for plastics. I would defiantly get some new paint though, it's only like $7 for a can of rustoleum truck bed liner. The Krylon is like $40-$50 for a rattle can.

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X2 on the bed liner rec. I did mine @6 months ago. It does take a full day to cure but I love the look. Takes a little practice to see how far away to hold the can to get your desired finish (closer=smoother further=rougher).

Only drawback is once you do it there is no going back. With krylon you can paint over it again, bedliner is hard to cover once its on.

I suggest the Harbor Freight brand. Its rubberized and flexible and it has great adhesion when u prep them.
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The Krylon is like $40-$50 for a rattle can.
Where are you buying it at?! Its $8 at Wal-Mart...
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Only drawback is once you do it there is no going back. With krylon you can paint over it again, bedliner is hard to cover once its on.
That was my thought on the rhino-liner. I'm just worried if I don't like it, it will be a b@tch to get it smooth again.
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My flares are the body color but i recently painted my steps and front sway bar cover with Duplicolor black flexible bumper paint. They turned out really nice.
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:15 AM   #7
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Plasti-Dip is an option too. Looks good, and peels right off if you dont like it
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I don't mean to be a jerk, but did you try searching the forum? There's been at least three fender flares painting threads in the past two weeks.

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The Krylon is like $40-$50 for a rattle can.
Holy crap! Where are you shopping? Krylon Fusion is $5.49 at True Value.
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[QUOTE=Jeffreybomb;8875249]I don't mean to be a jerk, but did you try searching the forum? There's been at least three fender flares painting threads in the past two weeks.

Honestly, not this time. I didn't think rhino lining in this application was that popular, plus I was curious about the age of my paint, which was fairly certain wouldn't come up in a search. Typically, I do search though before posting.
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Where are you buying it at?! Its $8 at Wal-Mart...
Oh wow i was just looking online, have never bought it. Is fusion for plastic more expensive than normal paint??
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Yep Krylon Fusion is inexpensive, I paid $8 for my last couple spray cans of it at my local hardware store. It is specifically formulated for flexible plastics & vinyls, it is very good stuff.

Rustoleum now has something similar to Fusion but it's not as easy to find. Home Depot and Lowes are not good sources for either, I have better luck finding it in smaller independent hardware stores like Ace.

http://www.amazon.com/Krylon-2421-Fu...on+satin+black
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Black fenders are looking a little dull after 4years. Is Armor-all the best remedy or is there a spray to re-vitalize them?

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ArmorAll is bad-news stuff, don't use it. Vinyls contain natural oils that are leached out by ArmorAll which can cause the vinyl to age and start cracking prematurely.

I'm not sure that any restorative products like Back to Black last all that long, the products I have tried all lose their effect way too quickly. There's no perfect non-paint product I'm aware of that will blacken our fender flares for long, I'd probably just go buy something that is meant to restore black vinyls & just expect to have to continue using it on a semi-regular basis.

I personally like the results of just using a heat gun since I'm not a perfectionist where my TJ's looks are concerned. A heat gun will turn grayed flares black again but the results are not always perfect or good enough for everyone.
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Turtle wax ice is the easiest one IMO but a lot of people like 303 aerospace

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