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08-13-2013 07:53 PM
mikeyp03 On my last tj I used rustoleum textured black paint. Took everything plastic off the jeep (and the bumpers) and just sprayed them. Looked and felt really nice!
08-13-2013 04:14 PM
Anonymous Coward Surprised no one has mentioned Krylon Fusion.

That used to be the way that everyone brought TJ fenders back to life. Did it on my 8 year old TJ fenders and they looked better than new. I think I just used the satin black spray cans. There is even a clear spray can you can add for additional UV protection. The stuff just bonds to the plastic and can't be chipped, peeled or scratched away.
08-13-2013 02:47 PM
Old Dogger
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Originally Posted by casting kid View Post
2X on Back to Black
X3, Back to Black gets my vote...........
08-13-2013 02:43 PM
Miser
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Originally Posted by SoCaljeep08 View Post
Anyone have any ideas on how to get the oxidation from the sun out of your fenders and bumpers??

I've heard of something called back to black but I'm just not sure I can trust it, I'm sure many of you have dealt with this issue.
I have used Back To Black on my 2003 TJ. The fenders were so faded, that they looked a light gray, real ugly! You do need to follow the instructions and apply when the fenders are cool, not in the sun. Rub it in really good and then let it dry. Apply a second coat if needed. My fenders went back to a deep black, with a satin finish, they looked better than new.
I just applied it to my new 2013 Rubicon and it actually makes the fenders a darker black, with a slight satin finish.
This Back to Black is great!!!!!!!
08-13-2013 02:34 PM
Jku2013 Did anyone watch the heat gun video? What was that about, burn the oxidation off?
08-13-2013 01:04 PM
Nuke83 For the black, hard plastic that has been sun bleached, I'd use Bondo Restore Black over the Mothers product any day. Lasts easily a year or more and doesn't require near the buffing/application as the Back to Black.
08-13-2013 12:19 PM
mikebot
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Originally Posted by vitodivita View Post
Allow me to chip in:

poorboysworld.com

I've used Mother's back to black...But this tops just about everything out there. Apply it every 2-3 months. All the plastics look brand new. I'm a hobbyist detailer and this took a little bit of research.
Hmm. I don't like that it says "UV absorber." The last thing I want is to absorb UV. lol that may just be semantics. I'm happy with Ultimate Black so far, especially with the price, availability, and country of origin, but time will tell.
08-13-2013 10:28 AM
vitodivita Allow me to chip in:

poorboysworld.com

I've used Mother's back to black...But this tops just about everything out there. Apply it every 2-3 months. All the plastics look brand new. I'm a hobbyist detailer and this took a little bit of research.
08-13-2013 09:05 AM
mikebot Just put a layer of Meguire's Ultimate Black on all the unpainted black plastic on my brand new 2014 JKUR. Looks great, and was easy to apply!
05-30-2013 09:36 PM
SoCaljeep08 Mothers it is!! Thanks guys!
05-21-2013 05:29 PM
SaharasotaJK I used Back to Black and it works fine but it takes 2-3 coats and have to redo every 2 months, switched to Meguires Ultimate Black only takes one coat to get same results, and last about 4-5 months here in FL.
05-21-2013 05:17 PM
BacaraJKU
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Originally Posted by Rmiller31 View Post
Back to black only works for so long. In the past with my TJ I just repainted them. You can do it with them still on just mark off the body and put magazine pages between the flare and the body and paint away.
This is also my concern. I figured there are enough Jeeps with aftermarket fenders and takeoffs I could pick some up cheap if needed down the road. Not really interested in flat fenders since I'm only doing modest upgrades.
05-21-2013 02:51 PM
Rmiller31 Back to black only works for so long. In the past with my TJ I just repainted them. You can do it with them still on just mark off the body and put magazine pages between the flare and the body and paint away.
05-21-2013 02:45 PM
Scott2373 I've found that any tire black spray works quite well. I used it on the mirrors, "Tupperware" light bar and roof rack on my Liberty Renegade. It worked wonders and lasted for years with one application.
05-21-2013 02:31 PM
mikebot 2013 JKUR on order. Hoping to regularly apply *something* to prevent the black plastic fenders and hard top from "going grey" like my 2001 Grand Cherokee's skirt. Sounds like 303 Aerospace would be the best choice as a preventative? The wipes seem like a nice option and would be easy to apply post-wash.
05-21-2013 02:15 PM
BacaraJKU I was using meguiars natural shine protectant, but hated how it washed off and was greasy. I wanted a low shine look that was black. Used B2B and the fenders have a nice low shine, non-greasy look that is deep black. Will be washing the Jeep next week after the dunes in MX so will see how it holds up. I plan to use B2B every couple of months. I live in AZ, work at home and park in a garage so my jeep doesn't see to much sun. Jeep is coming up on 12 months old.

For hardtop I've been using meguiars quick wax spray and love the nice clean look it gives the black hardtop. Others have been using the TW black crystal spray or something like that.
05-21-2013 01:17 PM
enjerhoo not an issue here since I do not have black fenders or hard top.

maybe on the mirrors though
05-21-2013 01:15 PM
Blastek My JK is almost exactly 1 year old. I've used B2B twice. It looks great for a few weeks, but my fenders, bumpers, and door handles are already fading fast.
05-21-2013 01:08 PM
Bone I haven't had to restore anything on my JK yet (it was built in Feb) but I used Back to Black on my TJ and then on my LJ. It works great. I just bought some of the Turtle Wax to see how that works on my wife's Caravan.
05-21-2013 12:08 PM
JeepHerz
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Originally Posted by brighton View Post
Agree with this. I use both products, but 303 applied regularly will prevent black plastic from turning grey. I'm in the Florida sun, and my fenders, rear bumper, door handles, even soft top still look like new after 3 years. Where Back to Black has been helpful for me is removing mud stains from the fenders. I still follow up with a treatment of 303 though for the UV protection.
Now here is the funny thing: I used B2B on my truck for years- and it prevented the black trim from turning grey. Exact opposite. LOL. I think the key is to use one or the other- or the black WILL fade.
I do agree on the mud: for some reason B2B works better for mud/dirt protection. For the betterment of all Jeep kind I sprayed one fender with each and went out in search of a mud puddle. (Its not easy; it never rains here).
The 303 side needed a nylon brush- the B2B- a good scrub with a sponge. So I use B2B on all trim/fenders. I DO use 303 on my soft top since B2B doesn't say anything about fabric on the bottle.
05-21-2013 10:09 AM
Arod_3 my bumpers were faded pretty bad. I used Meguiar's Ultimate Black and they look brand new!
05-19-2013 08:45 PM
Blackpony04 I highly recommend Turtle Wax Trim Restorer over B2B and I used the latter exclusively for years. The TW simply lasts longer and you use less.
05-19-2013 07:11 PM
roxbury29 Mothers B2B, usually I need to re-apply about every 6-8 weeks.. depending on the weather
05-19-2013 04:30 PM
horrocks007 I've used both Btb and the cheaper turtle equivalent, and found both work very well. You will need to re-apply every month or so.
05-19-2013 04:25 PM
brighton
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Originally Posted by Brewbek View Post
I think both products are good stuff, but 303 is being proactive, Back to Black reactive. I use 303 regularly and have had good results.
Agree with this. I use both products, but 303 applied regularly will prevent black plastic from turning grey. I'm in the Florida sun, and my fenders, rear bumper, door handles, even soft top still look like new after 3 years. Where Back to Black has been helpful for me is removing mud stains from the fenders. I still follow up with a treatment of 303 though for the UV protection.
05-19-2013 03:54 PM
ONETANGO I have not tried btb yet just cause mine is still new. But I am using Surf City Garage Black Max to try and prevent mine from turning grey. It has uv protection in it. And it makes the fenders and bumpers look like showroom new. Good stuff.
05-19-2013 03:44 PM
RB-10rubicon I dont know know about back to black but 303 has uv blockers in it
05-19-2013 02:17 PM
axhoaxho Thanks folks, for explaining the usage of the Back to Black and 303, I will use both accordingly.
05-19-2013 09:34 AM
Miser
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Originally Posted by SoCaljeep08 View Post
How long does back to black last? One wash and i need to apply it again?
My experience using it for about 2 years was to reapply when needed, in my case that was about every 6 months.
When applying, make sure that you rub it in really good! Two coats.
05-19-2013 09:32 AM
Brewbek I think both products are good stuff, but 303 is being proactive, Back to Black reactive. I use 303 regularly and have had good results.
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