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07-27-2010 07:06 PM
bobjenkins you dont notice faded fender flares if theyre covered in mud
07-27-2010 07:03 PM
jspeer1130
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Originally Posted by Jollyczar View Post
Alright... everybody line up to kick me in the nuts.

It looks ok day 2 but not what I expected. I think I was WAY to excited over an idea that would keep me from having to paint my F'n fenders. I promise, no more stupid idea posts in the future.
no beat down from over here...it's a trial and error thing, you tried it so now I don't think I have to. I'm sure there will be something off the wall that I'll do that no one else would EVER do as well...

good to keep on learning and trying new things
07-27-2010 06:55 PM
monkeee2002
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
Wow I knew brake fluid wrecked paint but I did not know brake fluid worked that fast to wreck paint!
Well, it WAS a Chevy
07-27-2010 12:33 PM
nick50471
07-27-2010 12:27 PM
Jollyczar Alright... everybody line up to kick me in the nuts.

It looks ok day 2 but not what I expected. I think I was WAY to excited over an idea that would keep me from having to paint my F'n fenders. I promise, no more stupid idea posts in the future.
07-26-2010 08:55 PM
Got 4 Lo so far so good
07-26-2010 08:43 PM
FrangaWrangler99 I think the mayonnaise comment was to illustrate the foolhardiness of these quick-fix ideas.
But if anyone does want to try it, I'd be interested to hear the results.

Best to try it in the middle of summer, spread mayonnaise liberally over all exposed plastic parts.
Soon afterwards they will be black with flies and your mission will be achieved.


Either replace 'em or paint 'em
Or you may as well be rubbing snake-oil into them
07-26-2010 08:13 PM
harleyharv DOT 3 is some evil stuff to play with around paint but........it works great for breaking rusted bolts loose (as long as they are not near paint!)
07-26-2010 08:05 PM
GoldTJ rub mayonnaise?????????????
07-26-2010 07:17 PM
Jerry Bransford
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Originally Posted by monkeee2002 View Post
I dripped brake fluid on a fender once. I wiped it up immediately. I forever had a blister in the paint there. It was literally one drop, less than one second.
Wow I knew brake fluid wrecked paint but I did not know brake fluid worked that fast to wreck paint!
07-26-2010 07:16 PM
30-284 Or, you could always rub mayonnaise on the flares and be done with it!

Donn
07-26-2010 06:56 PM
monkeee2002
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
Ever seen what brake fluid does to a painted surface?
I dripped brake fluid on a fender once. I wiped it up immediately. I forever had a blister in the paint there. It was literally one drop, less than one second.

There is NO WAY I would slather that on my fender flares, then bolt them up against my paint job!
07-26-2010 03:44 PM
lancetkenyon My favorite remedy for faded fender flares is removing them and selling to some poor shmuck who cracked one on his mall crawler and let HIM figure out how to return them to black, not grey.
07-26-2010 02:49 PM
CubbieBlue
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Originally Posted by Jma20a View Post
yeah i aint bringing brake fluid anywhere near my paint. i tried using the wd-40 method and works good but the fender flare just returns to its faded color after 2 - 3 weeks.
I want the five minutes of my life back I spent watching your signature.
07-26-2010 02:30 PM
Jma20a yeah i aint bringing brake fluid anywhere near my paint. i tried using the wd-40 method and works good but the fender flare just returns to its faded color after 2 - 3 weeks.
07-26-2010 01:59 PM
Jerry Bransford Ever seen what brake fluid does to a painted surface?

A close friend did a frame-up restoration to his '73 Jeep CJ5 with a new tub. It was frigging beautiful with a new picture-perfect paint job on the tub. That is until a little brake fluid spilled down the fire wall while refilling the master brake cylinder for the first time. The brake fluid eventually ruined the paint on the firewall even though it was wiped off.

I sure wouldn't use brake fluid for that kind of use. The safest quickest thing you can do is either paint them with Krylon Fusion or use a heat gun on them which is an amazing thing to watch... it's like the heat gun was blowing out black spray paint.
07-26-2010 01:49 PM
Jollyczar I'll try getting them wet too.....
07-26-2010 01:49 PM
Jollyczar For the test wipe I wiped it on, let it sit for a few minutes, then wiped it off. There doesn't seem to be any residue and they are very black. I will give it a few days and see if anything changes. The obvious benefit for this if it works is that it will be cheap and won't require the time and effort of painting them. We'll see.......
07-26-2010 01:49 PM
TerrorJ2001 yea, wouldn't it be a concern once you put it back on the jeep? if it rains, does residue mobilize and contact the painted body parts?
07-26-2010 01:24 PM
mrcarcrazy Personally I won't put brake fluid anywhere near a painted surface...I've worked around that crap long enough to know that it belongs inside of master cylinders.

Yes I know your flares aren't painted...but they are near the tub which is.
07-26-2010 01:09 PM
baja Brake fluid?
07-26-2010 12:43 PM
JeepCreeper Do you clean the brake fluid off? If not, it seems like that might attract dirt.
07-26-2010 12:43 PM
philliprose25 another way, that you will hear a lot about, is using a truck bed-liner spray and covering them. Just search painted fender flares or something like that. Looks great though!!
07-26-2010 12:43 PM
nick50471 looks good so far.
07-26-2010 12:40 PM
danthebugman Thanks for the post! Please post pictures when you get done. It will be interesting to see what kind of comments you get about this.
07-26-2010 12:03 PM
Jollyczar
Easy (genius) Fender Flare Solution?????

An old guy at my local auto parts place told me that an old trick for cleaning up faded plastic trim pieces is to use brake fluid. He told me to put the fluid on a rag and rub it on the faded part. Supposedly the brake fluid cleans off the oxidation. I know that brake fluid can be very bad for paint so be careful.

I tried it on an old busted up fender flare that I had laying around and it seems to have worked. If this is the case then this could be the coolest thing since sliced bread! If this is old news then you can laugh at me and my excitement, I had never heard of it before. Try it at your own risk. I will probably wipe all of my plastic down with it soon. I'll post more pics if I do.


Here is a pic of the test wipe I did this morning:

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