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BSing 02-10-2009 03:42 PM

TJ Sport faded fender flares
I have a 2000 TJ. The fender flares are stock but are starting to really fad. The black on the rest of the Jeep (hard top, mirrors, steps) are fine. Only the fender flares are grayish now. Is there anything I can put on them besides repainting them? Maybe something I can wipe that will darken them up. Thanks

afrats 02-10-2009 03:44 PM

Paint them.

CJ2WRANGLER 02-10-2009 03:46 PM

Forever Black and all of those products work, somewhat but only for a short amount of time, and don't hold up to any type of dust, mud or rain. I gave mine the Krylon touch.

BSing 02-10-2009 03:48 PM

I was hoping there was some miracle "cream" out there that I could just wipe on them.

If I just paint it easy to take them on and off or should I just tape it off and paint?

afrats 02-10-2009 03:49 PM

Tape them off and paint them. It doesn't take that long and it looks nice when they are done.

BSing 02-10-2009 04:00 PM

Now I will have nice new looking fenders and those other "dark" black parts will looks faded :)

Jerry Bransford 02-10-2009 04:04 PM

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. :)

pyro 02-10-2009 04:20 PM

That sounds like a neat trick, Im gonna have to try that when I get home.

BSing 02-10-2009 04:55 PM

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?

CDC 02-11-2009 07:50 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.

Giancarlo 02-11-2009 08:49 AM

jerry most people say the heat gun only works for a few weeks

Atthehop 02-11-2009 08:59 AM

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.

BSing 02-11-2009 09:11 AM

I did the heat gun last night. It was amazing. It was like they were repainted. We will see how long it lasts though.

2002Apex 02-12-2009 09:04 AM

I line-xed mine and they will not fade again. It doesnt scratch and they are easy to clean.

BSing 02-12-2009 10:18 AM

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.

sonofabeach 02-12-2009 06:55 PM

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.

orange05tj 02-12-2009 07:11 PM

I purchased a new set from 4wd last year and they still look new. Thats how I repaired mine

2002Apex 02-13-2009 04:49 PM

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.

Duck Dodgers 02-13-2009 06:18 PM

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.

Duck Dodgers 02-13-2009 06:25 PM

oops dbl post can some one delete this for m please......

Giancarlo 02-14-2009 10:39 AM

before after pics?

Duck Dodgers 02-14-2009 03:09 PM


Originally Posted by Giancarlo (Post 324673)
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.

Giancarlo 02-15-2009 11:57 AM

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?

BSing 02-15-2009 01:42 PM

i took a pic...will post later.

The temperature outside should not matter.

BSing 02-15-2009 03:16 PM

Here is a pic of my fender. You can see the area I used the heat gun compared to the rest.

Giancarlo 02-15-2009 03:42 PM

damm looks great

Duck Dodgers 02-16-2009 12:33 AM

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.

panhead 02-16-2009 09:46 PM

Looks good after the heat. I'm going to go do it.

routemanj 03-22-2009 12:19 PM

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!

jeepfan2 04-05-2009 07:42 PM

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!

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