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Old 02-09-2017, 12:00 AM
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Acetone to clean plastic Fenders

I read somewhere that you can safely use Acetone to restore your Plastic Fenders on a Jeep YJ. Wouldn't this destroy the plastic?

What have you found that restores the factory look of the plastic on yours?
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I would not use acetone! It's very harsh. They make a black out product, similar to a shoe polish idea for restoring plastics on cars. For cleaning just use some simple green and water or mild soap and water and an old toothbrush.

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If you want to replace your flares, use acetone to clean them. Acetone is aggressive enough to melt or soften most plastics.
As Steve92 said, a good scrubbing with a mild detergent and treating with one of the "Back to Black" products is the way to go.
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Like stated above. Clean first. I used soap and water and followed up denatured alcohol. Some spots still was bad so I used a meguiars rubbing compound then followed back up denatured alcohol. Wanted to get the wax off before sealing it with this product from the Chemical Guys.

Chemical Guys - Tire and Trim Gel for Plastic and Rubber (16 oz)

This is the best stuff I have found to do the job. WORKS way better than any of the Mothers Back to Black line that I have used. That was a waste of money for me.

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The reference to "Back to Black" was to a products intended use not any particular brand. The biggest takeaway from this discussion should be: DON'T USE ACETONE TO CLEAN YOUR FLARES
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I wouldn't use acetone.

I use Bike Brite to clean my tires and the firewall & fender aprons. I would use it to clean my engine too, but I usually use a foaming engine cleaner for that.
It's pretty strong, so I don't use it inside. If I were to use it on my aftermarket flares, I would try an inconspicuous area before dousing the entire flare.
I used it for years and years to clean my motorcycles with never a problem. I buy it in bulk and dilute it in a spray bottle.

Another product is Bleche Wite (actual spelling). Even stronger than Bike Brite. I only use that to clean my tires. I had Gangster whites on my Road King for a season and the Bleche Wite kept them really white. The next season I went to black walls. I would rather ride than clean whitewalls.

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NO!!! had a body shop try that and they had to bedline mine for free!


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I like to use Tire Shine from a pump spray bottle on my rubber flares every time I use it on the tires. They look better on my 27 year old Jeep than many that are 10 years newer.

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