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erickpl 07-16-2008 07:37 AM

Flare rejuvenation
My 2005 Avalanche recently had the back end/tonneau/sail panels recoated through a GM TSB that covers abnormal fade/wear. They used a product called Gatorback. Kinda like Line-X for plastic is what I think of it as. When I got it back, it look brand new! According to their techs at the dealership and the Gatorback makers, this stuff does NOT fade over time. Which would be good, cuz my Avalanche looked TERRIBLE.

Here's how it looks now:

So where does the TJ come in? Well, my flares are not doing too bad, but they are starting to fade (again). I know the Krylon Fusion for plastic solution is out there, but my experiences with it are so-so at this point. With the nature of this stuff used on my Avalanche, it got me thinking.

I contacted the manufacturer to see how well it would work on a Jeep fender flare. They stated it is durable and resistant to fade, but that doesn't make it indestructable. So I figured if it got trail damaged, I could do a touch up, just as I'd do with Krylon. They stated it should handle plastic flex, so I thought I'd give it a shot.

I should have some here soon, and when I do my other painting, I'll likely shoot some of that stuff on to my flares to see how they do.

debruins 07-17-2008 06:34 PM

the key question is how much does it cost?

erickpl 07-18-2008 07:43 AM

It is definitely more expensive than Krylon, but if the coating on my Avalanche is any indication, it's gonna be a pretty strong coating. It should be here next week to give a try. :)

PastorSteve 07-19-2008 06:48 PM

Sounds like the Av application was done by pros. Is there a different application when done at home verses professionally applied? Like UV curing or heat baking?

erickpl 07-22-2008 08:08 AM

No, that is all part of the product. :) I got my 2 cans and cleaning/prep stuff yesterday. After looking at my flares some more, they aren't looking too bad. I MAY end up using this do alter the color of my dash, but I'm still undecided.

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