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01-25-2014 01:07 PM
SilverAuto I'm still wondering what works best on the black fender flares, trim, bumpers, etc. All the black stuff on the outside of my '03 Wrangler X seems so faded and dull. I've tried Armor-All, then realized this isn't such a good idea and is temporary. I've tried Mother's Back to Black. Again, another temporary fix. I may have even made them worse, who knows?

So is there even a miracle product that works wonders on all of the black trim on Jeeps?
03-06-2012 12:27 PM
rvanbure73 You will change the structural integrity of the plastic with the heat gun & they will become brittle & not flex if you rub against a tree or rock. Its a good trick to use if you smash one or bend it real bad & end up with the white color where it over-bent the plastic. Used it several times on my quad plastics to re"melt" the plastic molocules back together. I used good old fashion pledge furniture polish on my top to make it look like brand new the first few times I polished up the Jeep, before desired & undesired body mods & pinstripes were added, now its just a pressure washer, glass cleaner and spray paint lol. No matter what you do your going to have to keep up on em unless you remove & paint them gloss or matt black depending on your taste or rig color! CYA!
03-04-2012 10:47 AM
I-Want-A-Jeep ^^ I've pretty much decided that when my flares start getting faded, I'm going to use the heat gun.

From what I've seen/read, you just have to use caution around the paint if you don't remove the flares as the paint can bubble if you hold heat to it too long. Just keep the heat source moving and you shouldn't have any problems.
03-04-2012 09:27 AM
Beaker541 I saw a heat gun trick on YouTube ... Has anyone done this ? Looks too easy
03-03-2012 11:56 AM
LilYeller Turtle wax "ice" total interior care is good for cleaning them up. But if you want to renew them from faded gray color then I suggest painting them with either plasti-dip or Krylon Fusion paints. there are many writeups on doing this so search away if youre interested.
03-03-2012 11:47 AM
BayouBengal i just use armor all wipes or spray. it lasts for a few weeks until its time to wash again
03-03-2012 11:17 AM
jgorm I used armor all once with excellent results. It took a few coats, but turned them from gray to black. That was on my last 02 TJ and my 06 still looks great so no treatment yet.
03-03-2012 08:32 AM
jefferyfghezzi Mother's back to black
03-02-2012 11:48 PM
21edupej
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Originally Posted by Beaker541 View Post
Does it leave a bad greasy feel to it ? Like if I bump it in work clothes is it gonna leave a grease mark ?
I don't have a greasy problem with it. Rub it in good, and wipe off any excess. If you rub it well, it doesn't look shiny, just fresh and deep black. You'll notice on your towels that it takes off an incredible amount of pollution, oxidation, other product etc. I usually put it on with one applicator or towel, let it set for a bit, for instance start with your left front fender, apply it to all four fenders, then come back to your first fender and wipe off any excess with a dry towel and go on around. Try not to get it on the paint, as it is greasy there!! I would not recommend it for anything rubber like gaskets, tires, pedals (damn that would be dangerous!!) etc, as it is an OIL and will likely break the rubber down.
03-02-2012 08:28 PM
I-Want-A-Jeep It would if you left them soaked. Use it very sparingly and buff with a dry microfiber to spread
03-02-2012 05:57 PM
Beaker541
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Originally Posted by JeepDude2012

Peanut Oil, good old LouAnna (the kind you fry chicken in). Will make your black plastic look like brand new. Also removes the oxidation, wax residue, sap, bugs, that chalky white ick that is caused by products like Armour All, Back to Black or any other nasty thing in a spray bottle!
Does it leave a bad greasy feel to it ? Like if I bump it in work clothes is it gonna leave a grease mark ?
03-02-2012 03:32 PM
21edupej
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Originally Posted by Beaker541 View Post
Ok I'm picking up my (new to me) 06 Rubicon on Monday and I'm wanna clean it up before I get it dirty... What is the best way to restore the fender flares ?
Peanut Oil, good old LouAnna (the kind you fry chicken in). Will make your black plastic look like brand new. Also removes the oxidation, wax residue, sap, bugs, that chalky white ick that is caused by products like Armour All, Back to Black or any other nasty thing in a spray bottle!
03-02-2012 12:46 PM
Dougzin
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Originally Posted by Beaker541
Ok I'm picking up my (new to me) 06 Rubicon on Monday and I'm wanna clean it up before I get it dirty... What is the best way to restore the fender flares ?
I just wash them with regular soap when I wash the jeep and afterwards I use the spray synthetic tire shine, sometimes it needs more than one coat but it shines them right up.
03-02-2012 12:43 PM
InfernoGirl
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Originally Posted by Beaker541 View Post
I was wondering if they would dull he paint or finish .. Thank you !!
Yes, it will eventually wreck the finish of the paint.
03-02-2012 12:34 PM
Beaker541
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Originally Posted by rvanbure73
Just puttin it out there all......but the "Mr Clean Magic Eraser" sponges clean anything off anything, honestly & truly, brake dust buildup that wont wash off, the scuffs from your kids bikes, shopping carts or car doors, the black or white scuffs on your bumpers from people who cant park, the yellow from the big steel pipes people never seem to see & run down the fender edges or anything else that your wife never seems to see or know where it came from........ and the sap from tree branches getting drug along the side of the rig, thats usually me not her unless she drives through the shrubs in the driveway, its happened lol it takes em all off without hurting the paint.
I was thinking the same thing ... Those things work magic... I was wondering if they would dull he paint or finish .. Thank you !!
03-02-2012 11:43 AM
rvanbure73 Just puttin it out there all......but the "Mr Clean Magic Eraser" sponges clean anything off anything, honestly & truly, brake dust buildup that wont wash off, the scuffs from your kids bikes, shopping carts or car doors, the black or white scuffs on your bumpers from people who cant park, the yellow from the big steel pipes people never seem to see & run down the fender edges or anything else that your wife never seems to see or know where it came from........ and the sap from tree branches getting drug along the side of the rig, thats usually me not her unless she drives through the shrubs in the driveway, its happened lol it takes em all off without hurting the paint.
03-02-2012 11:02 AM
Beaker541
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Originally Posted by wedu22
Hi Beaker, you might want to Post and/or search this question in the TJ forum.
Thank u I'll throw it on there too
03-02-2012 10:49 AM
dabolt55 Brought some color back on my buddies jeep using 303 aerospace, or mask and spray away, that seems to work 100% of the time...
03-02-2012 10:43 AM
wwch99tj Heat gun or krylon fusion paint
03-02-2012 10:38 AM
wedu22 Hi Beaker, you might want to Post and/or search this question in the TJ forum.
03-02-2012 10:20 AM
Beaker541
Cleaning Black stock fender flares ?

Ok I'm picking up my (new to me) 06 Rubicon on Monday and I'm wanna clean it up before I get it dirty... What is the best way to restore the fender flares ?

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