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this weekend after thanksgiving, I decided to try the heat gun out on my old, gray, faded fender flares. it turned out to be quite simple and effective at the same time. I did NOT remove the flares. the paint around the edges of the flares was not damaged in the least.. no bubbling or chipping at all. This technique proved itself successful, and I just wanted to show all of you my results. (thought I'd show off the new look a bit too :D)

Basically all I had to do was remove the side marker lens, spray them with the 1000 degree (F) heat gun, put lenses back on.

Below are pictures of what they used to look like, the differences up close, and the end result.
 

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Thanks man!
Oh and I forgot to add... I took the front bumper caps off too.
 

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was just trying to decide if i wanted to heat um up or paint um.... think you made up my mind...... how much work was it really.... did you just have to lick um with the heat a bit or did it requre extensive heating?
 

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My heat gun had two settings: Low (750 degrees F) and High (1,000 degrees F).

It didn't take long at all. Turned black right when the heat hit it on the High setting.
No damage to the paint, but if I were you before I got started, I would remove the plastic side marker to prevent damage to that piece. It comes right off after you disconnect the bulb from it and one screw on the back.
But it was very easy. They turned black in an instant after one sweep with the gun.
 

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thats what i like to hear...... mine have to come off the jeep anywhoo but i dont have a fancy smancy heat gun so ill be doing it hillbilly style lol
 

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that's no problem haha but in my opinion.. the heat will last longer than the paint anyways. plus it's less expensive with the heat.
 

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ya i have to do some body work so im taking the flares off.... think im going give um a good cleaning then kiss um with the torch.... unless i get permission to buy a heatgun lol
 

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yeah my heat gun was only $23 from Home Depot so it's not like a major investment. I bought it specifically to restore my flares.
 

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sweet, look forward to seeing them!
 

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I do that with a torch :firedevil:eek:nce a month or so, usually the day I wash it. I've never taken off marker lens, but I also do the stock steps and the front bumper cover where my winch needs to go (bumper jugs were taken off the day I got it home. Now whenever I see other jeepers with gray fenders i just want to do it for them!
Oh also flat black spray paint for frame, under fenders is my friend too.
 

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Anyone who is questioning to paint or heat gun your flairs PLEASE! FOR THE SAKE OF THE NEXT OWNER! HEAT GUN THEM! PO of my jeep painted them and mucked them and the body paint up!
 

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my beast is gunna get the fenders removed so i can clean up the rust under it then primed then spray bombed over the primer then heat gun the fenders then black rustoleum rate over the rust on the sway bar and some black on the mirror housings that are all gross white looking
 

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mike1655 said:
I do that with a torch :firedevil:eek:nce a month or so, usually the day I wash it. I've never taken off marker lens, but I also do the stock steps and the front bumper cover where my winch needs to go (bumper jugs were taken off the day I got it home. Now whenever I see other jeepers with gray fenders i just want to do it for them!
Oh also flat black spray paint for frame, under fenders is my friend too.
Sounds like a lot of work but I bet it looks great when you get done with all of that!
 
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