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Old 12-19-2011, 07:55 PM   #1
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restoring my wrangler fender flares

my flares have faded from black to gray i would like to bring them back to black what is the best way of doing this?

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Old 12-19-2011, 07:58 PM   #2
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Cheap Armor All and some steel wool. Takes about a half an hour once you have them off the Jeep. Spray it on and scrub in circles!

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I used Krylon Fusion on mine. Worked pretty well.
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Make sure they are clean - sand lightly w/ 150/220 grit sandandpaper - tape off - only because they suck to take off then put back on) Use krylon fusion spray paint - I went with satin but your choice - mine look great!
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Yep, Fusion works great. Just saying if you don't want to paint.
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Make sure they are clean - sand lightly w/ 150/220 grit sandandpaper - tape off - only because they suck to take off then put back on) Use krylon fusion spray paint - I went with satin but your choice - mine look great!
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:10 PM   #7
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Paint will last the longest. Nothing else last 1/2 as long.

This is what I used but you will hear Krylon Fusion a lot on here. I bought from Lowes and bc it is supposedly made for our specific use.

I tried heat gun before. Waste of time. Same with the oils/wipes/sprays IMO.
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:26 PM   #8
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thanks guys this is all very helpfully but over all which is the best way to go when i spray them, taking them off or leaving the flares on?
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:36 PM   #9
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If you can get them off without losing your sanity, I think they'd turn out better. but most of the time the nuts don't co-operate, and you've got spinning nuts that turn while you turn the bolts. when that happens most of us give up trying to remove them, and tape/sand and paint.
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:43 PM   #10
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I used the fusion paint before and it didn't work so well for me. Maybe I did something wrong. I took the fenders off which was not too bad you just need a little time because there are a bajillion bolts to remove. I used a heavy scrub pad like the ones you may have under the sink in your kitchen- the ones with the yellow sponge on one side and the green pad on the other side. I then used acetone and a rag along with the scrub sponge and I REALLY cleaned the flares good. I then painted them with truck bed liner paint- the one gallon can from walmart and they look real good. The paint was about $50 I think. I used a 3 inch roller with the texture roller from home depot. I bought the regular size roller and cut in half with a hack saw so that I had two roller pads- one for the first application and the other for a second application. The flares have looked good not for about 4 months and I'm going to use the rest of the pain to do the inside of the jeep floor.
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I didn't put put to much thought into it. I taped them off in place (there were spots where the blue tape slide behind the flares ensuring no over spray, other spots I just taped real good.) Then I used the first black spray paint I could find in the garage. It was a rustolem satin black I think. I like the fusion but I hate it. When they say formulated for plastic they mean formulated to be flexible after curing. They even show a picture of those resin chairs on the can, which flex alot (ask any drunk whos taken a dive in one!) But to be flexible is has to be softer when cured, and softer means weaker in my book.

I painted a otterbox for my phone with fusion and it showed finger prints a day later and was scratchable by a fingernail still four days later.

Almost any spray paint works great on plastic...but I do digress, its only my humble opinion
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:25 AM   #12
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Using the Rustoleum product posted above, I just redid all the black plastic stuff on the outside I could, mirrors, bumper ends, hardtop door frames (my flares are painted to match the body).. Anyway, it all looks great so far.
FWIW, I think you could mask the flares very well and do a great job repainting them in about 1/4 the time it would take to remove them. I wouldn't even consider going that route.
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When I did mine in the summer I took one look at the flares (and the service manual) and decided I was taping instead of removing. I tried a small area of the Rustoleum for Bumpers and trim. Looked to shiny to me. Well, I had some Flat Black Heavy Duty Rustoleum industrial paint that I had used on the frame. I thought what the hell, give it a try. I sprayed it with 3 coats and let dry (90 degree day). After that I took some very fine grit Rubbing Compound and rubbed just enough to get rid of the Extremely flat look but yet less that a Satin shine. I'm still happy with the results. Looks better than the fade to Gray that all the flares seem to fade too.
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I've done Krylon Fusion, heat gun and Back-To-Black.

Heat gun actually works! Just doesn't last that long (a few months). Also, be careful not to get to hot and cause warping/melting.

Krylon Fusion didn't spray worth a crap. It sprayed in blobs, if you will. Like a bunch of blobs of paint coming out. In other words, it didn't spray evenly. Could it have been a fluke can? I don't know. It's the only can I tried.

Back-To-Black worked but lasted less than the heat gun.

After my experiences, I would go with some kind of bed liner or other product mentioned in this thread. However, Krylon Fusion is mentioned all over this forum. I figure it is more likely that I got a bad can, than the product sucking.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:26 AM   #15
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I tried the heat gun before using the rust oleum paint.

It was as much work if not more and lasted couple months. I wouldn't bother with again. The paint I used has lasted since Aug or so and looks just as good.

Bc it's made specifically for vehicle flares and bumpers I'd recommend it over Krylon fusion.
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I've done both masking and removal. The removal worked out much better because you can do the surface prep much better with the flares off the vehicle. One repaint using the removal method lasted 4+ years and still looked good. The masking jobs didn't do nearly as well because of less aggressive prep work for fear of body paint damage.

Advice on masking; do it before prep work to protect paint and then peel off that mask and do a new masking for painting. It was necessary when I did it because I used 00 steel wool and acetone for surface prep. The acetone started working on the tape adhesive, so I started over with masking. As with everything else; prep time & effort affects the outcome.
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......and I used Krylon Fusion on all projects I've done. There may be something better, I just stuck with what seemed to work well on the first one.
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I went with Krylon Fusion. the only thing i would have done differently is use a primer first, then paint with the black Krylon Fusion.

Here is a write up with a few pictures for fenders and mirrors.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/pain...res-94964.html
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I used Rustoleum "Plastic" paint -- the one with the picture of the cheesy plastic lawn-chair on the label. Couldn't get flat black so I used glossy, and I like the way it turned out.

I decided to paint them on the car because those damn screws wouldn't come out. You need an 8mm offset ratchet - the kind you get for $10 a set at Horror Fright. That's assuming the things will come out at all.

I just loosened as many as I could, and bought a deck of playing cards at the Dollar Store. I slipped the cards between the flare and the fender, so all the curves were covered, and then taped newspaper to the cards. I still got some overspray, but nothing that a little compound on a rag couldn't handle.

Cleaning the flares is absolutely necessary. (I think the P.O. might have tried rubbing motor oil on mine.) I washed them with detergent and ammonia, dried them, then wiped them down with lacquer thinner, until they didn't feel greasy any more. No primer - the paint says it doesn't need it - but I shot four or five light coats, giving about half-an-hour between shots.

I did this last July, and they still look good. Couple of scuffs from stray branches, but those seem to go away with a little wax.
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my flares have faded from black to gray i would like to bring them back to black what is the best way of doing this?
I did my flares early last summer. Removed them so I could properly prep them by thoroughly washing, degreasing, and priming. Also I was installing full length sliders, so they had to come off anyway for that install. Some of the nutserts has to be ground off because they would spin on the sheet metal. For ease of future removals, I removed all the nutserts and replaced them with nylon rivnuts. Much better as now I can pop my flares off in as little as five minutes. Then I sprayed three light coats of Rustoleum Truck BedLiner. They look great and I prefer the matt look. They clean easy enough, too.
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very nice dfry... mine needs help also. Nice sliders btw...
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Wax and grease remover works great for paint prep. Fusion sticks very well after using it. Been on my buddies Heep for a year and a half. I did mine with the Armor All and steel wool and they still look like new too.
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I used forever black on mine and they came out ok, but ended up painting them with bed liner paint to cover up some of the imperfections. However the forever black worked great on the shifter and ebrake boot. Forever Black Car Care Products
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very nice dfry... mine needs help also. Nice sliders btw...
Thanks!! I've been very pleased with how everything turned out. Merry Christmas everyone!
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:49 PM   #28
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I just did mine the other day with krylon fusion. I was able to pull on my fenders a bit and slide newspaper behind them. Very easy and made a huge difference.
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maybe the pics work this time
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I had great results with Krylon Fusion. Used some old playing cards, newspaper and tape. Just go light with each coat.

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