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Bringing black fenders back to life

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by brannman, May 1, 2011.

  1. May 1, 2011 at 11:53 AM
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    brannman

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    Decided to finally try all the options I have researched and find the best one. Pictures on the way.

    1) Plasti dip
    2) Heat gun
    3) Armor All and steel wool
     
  2. May 1, 2011 at 12:00 PM
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    1st one is heating the fender up with a heat gun, then putting some armor all on it.

    2nd one is plasti dipping it. as you can see it isnt as smooth, but still looks similar.

    3rd one is for reference, its what all 4 of my fenders looked like prior to finding a permanent fix. so they were pretty bad off

    hope this helps someone and i forgot to snap a pic of the steel wool and armor all. lemme know if someone else has tried any of these

    faded.jpg
    heatarmor.jpg
    plasti.jpg
     
  3. May 1, 2011 at 12:01 PM
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    brannman

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    still getting used to this.

    1st one is the faded one, 2nd is heat gun and armor all, and 3rd is plast dip
     
  4. May 1, 2011 at 1:16 PM
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    Or you could have removed them and painted them black(along with necessary prep work).
     
  5. May 1, 2011 at 1:28 PM
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    Back to square one after the 2001. So...
    Or you can hit them with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and then treat them with 303 UV protectant.

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  6. May 1, 2011 at 1:31 PM
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    Which is a good temporary fix.

     
  7. May 1, 2011 at 1:31 PM
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    For cleaning up the fender flares, I like to use a product called "Magic Dressing". It does a great job on tires, trim, molding, etc. Heck, it even smells kinda good. Its made by a company called "Auto Magic". You might be able to track some down at automotive paint/detail shops if you are interested.

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  9. May 1, 2011 at 1:34 PM
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    interesting... subbed for later use
     
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    It is a solvent based silicone dressing. As such, in the long run it will cause more fade on plastic surfaces.

    When it comes to exterior plastics there are 3 options. Solvent/silicone based products that will last from a few days to a few weeks before fading, but reapplication will be necessary. Water based dressings that will tend to last a few days to a couple weeks but will require reapplication. **Paint**Prep, primer, base, clear the surface and treat it like any other painted panel.

     
  11. May 1, 2011 at 2:06 PM
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    Well, it looks fine after 3 months, and we'll see how it holds up over time with regular washing and reapplication of 303.

    Additionally, it did not require any R&R or prep work, which works for my schedule and priorities.
     
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    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    I use black paste shoe polish . Lasts for months and months.


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  13. May 1, 2011 at 2:54 PM
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    thanks for all the responses guys.

    i've used magic eraser before and that did last a few months. just looking for something more permanent. what i ended up doing today was armor all/mothers back to black and steel wool all the fenders except the one i plasti dipped. they all look real good...for now.

    the purpose of the steel wool is to take off that oxidation level, just to let ya'll know.

    we'll see how they look after a few washes and rains
     
  14. May 1, 2011 at 2:56 PM
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    In all seriousness, brake fluid works great. If you're hesitant, try it in an inconspicuous area first. Make sure it has sufficient time to dry, or seal, before coming in contact with the elements.
     
  15. May 1, 2011 at 2:58 PM
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  16. May 6, 2011 at 4:05 PM
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    welp, been through a rainstorm and about a week and of just driving. looks pretty good so far. when it rains, the water beads up on all 4 fenders that have been treated differently. supposed to get some rain this weekend. we'll see how they hold up
     
  17. May 8, 2011 at 7:04 AM
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    I might go the shoe polish route. My bumper as well as the area around my wheel wells is all black plastic trying to find the best thing to make them shiny.
     
  18. May 9, 2011 at 3:44 AM
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    let us know how that works out
     
  19. May 9, 2011 at 7:11 AM
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    I will as soon as i get the time to everything
     
  20. May 10, 2011 at 5:39 AM
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    I used the mr clean magic eraser on my plastic last night. The truck is only like 5 months old so the plastic still looks brand new when clean. So I just cleaned them last night and I am going to put 303 sealant on them when it comes in the mail tommorow.
     
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