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04-06-2009 10:48 AM
Duck Dodgers Just an update. I used the heat gun back in February and they still look good. I maybe hit them again now that it has warmed up and see if I can get a more even finish. First time left a little bit of blotchy look, not bad but still there.
04-06-2009 10:39 AM
JustHavinFUN Thanks for all the INFO everybody!!! I'll take some before/after pics and put them up when i finish!!!
04-06-2009 10:08 AM
sgnellett I did this w/ mine the other day, turned out pretty good, although I didn't get them all in one shot. It does seem to look better in the long run if you do them on a warmer day, as the first one, done in about 35 degree weather, looks kinda splotchy.

Also, I piece of advise, don't let the metal tip of the gun touch the flare, it'll carve nifty little grooves, don't bother to ask how I know!
04-06-2009 09:20 AM
tj04 restore black from Bondo....It has lasted for two years so far
04-05-2009 09:56 PM
joemd60 Nice buddy you have there. Thanks for the info I am definately going to paint mine.
04-05-2009 09:42 PM
orange05tj soap and water, scuff them, paint them. (make sure nobody plays a trick on you like when you go grab a smoke and come back to paint and your buddy misted black magic tire wet on them, cuz that made a friggin mess)
04-05-2009 08:42 PM
jeepfan2 For those of you who painted your fender flares, what did you use to clean them before applying the spray paint? Thanks for your help!
03-22-2009 01:19 PM
routemanj That's a heck of a good idea. I was looking at replacing flares, but I'm going to try the heat gun trick first!
02-16-2009 10:46 PM
panhead Looks good after the heat. I'm going to go do it.
02-16-2009 01:33 AM
Duck Dodgers It was cold and windy when I did mine so they cooled off faster than I would have thought they should. Which made it hard to keep them heated.
02-15-2009 04:42 PM
Giancarlo damm looks great
02-15-2009 04:16 PM
BSing Here is a pic of my fender. You can see the area I used the heat gun compared to the rest.

02-15-2009 02:42 PM
BSing i took a pic...will post later.

The temperature outside should not matter.
02-15-2009 12:57 PM
Giancarlo yeah mine are grey and patchy white.. so i hope this works... should i do this when weather warms up or is it ok to do in the cold?
02-14-2009 04:09 PM
Duck Dodgers
Originally Posted by Giancarlo View Post
before after pics?
Sorry no.. daughter "borrowed" my camera and "forgot" where she put it.

I can tell you they were so gray they were on the verge of being white. If I can find my camera I'll shoot a couple of the finished product.
02-14-2009 11:39 AM
Giancarlo before after pics?
02-13-2009 07:25 PM
Duck Dodgers oops dbl post can some one delete this for m please......
02-13-2009 07:18 PM
Duck Dodgers Just got done doing the heat gun trick. It's 38* outside ffs. They look good. Couple of suggestions before doing this.

1. Clean any protectants ( back to Black etc. ) you have put on there before. ( most have some sort of wax in them).
2. Do it on a warm day for crying out loud.
3. Start on one end and work your way to the other from tub to bottom of flare.
02-13-2009 05:49 PM
2002Apex when i used to use the shiney black magic stuff, when i would drive again, everything would stick to them. and then it eventually fades again. I had this jeep linexed and my previous jeep linexed for many years and never faded, in bama that is.
02-12-2009 08:11 PM
orange05tj I purchased a new set from 4wd last year and they still look new. Thats how I repaired mine
02-12-2009 07:55 PM
sonofabeach I sprayed some tire glaze (black magic-esque type stuff) on mine the other day and got great results.
Back to looking new but of course it's only been a couple of days.
02-12-2009 11:18 AM
BSing I have seen line-x and rhino line fade before. Maybe its because I live in an area with alot of sun and hot as crap.
02-12-2009 10:04 AM
2002Apex I line-xed mine and they will not fade again. It doesnt scratch and they are easy to clean.
02-11-2009 10:11 AM
BSing I did the heat gun last night. It was amazing. It was like they were repainted. We will see how long it lasts though.
02-11-2009 09:59 AM
Atthehop My tj is in the body shop after hitting a guard rail when some jerk could not control his car and almost slammed into me. They will be replacing the rf flare and most likely look like crap since they were evenly faded, is there an easy way to fade the new flare? I like the worn out look, it matches my age.
02-11-2009 09:49 AM
Giancarlo jerry most people say the heat gun only works for a few weeks
02-11-2009 08:50 AM
the 1997 in the family had the same problem

Black flares became faded gray. We tried the Back to Black, 303, and other various and assorted things with no luck. I wiped them down with alcohol (rubbing, not drinking ) taped them off and used the Krylon Fusion Satin Black spray paint. It is tricky to use, it needs to go on in mutiple thin coats, results look good and have held up to the PA winter and road salt so far.
02-10-2009 05:55 PM
BSing and it goes good with your name there pyro.

I will give it a shot also, any warranty if I melt it down to the ground?
02-10-2009 05:20 PM
pyro That sounds like a neat trick, Im gonna have to try that when I get home.
02-10-2009 05:04 PM
Jerry Bransford Use a heat gun (no, not a hair dryer) on them. That will melt the gray surface oxidation and turn them black again until the sun does it again to them 6 months later. It's amazing, it's like the heat gun was spraying out shiny black paint on them. No need to mask off the paint if you don't hold the high heat on the paint for an excessive amount of time that would be unreasonable once you see how quickly the process goes.
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