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Faded factory fender flares - anyone have a good remedy?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by '02TRD, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. Dec 28, 2010 at 6:38 PM
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    '02TRD

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    so my fender flares are killing the black on black look of my truck. ive used Mother's 'back-to-black' which only lasts a week or so, and has a greasy look to it. i have heard of using a heat gun to bring back the colors but not sure how good it works. anyone have experience with this on their rig?

    i realize i could paint the flares but looking for alternative options.

    this pic shows results of mothers back to black immediately after use, looks good but does not last!!!
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    what the flares generally look like.
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  2. Dec 28, 2010 at 10:48 PM
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    '02TRD

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    no one has anything on this??
     
  3. Dec 28, 2010 at 10:55 PM
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    fireturk41

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  4. Dec 29, 2010 at 2:20 AM
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    yrs ago there was a product out that you could spray onto them and restore the look. cant for the life of me remember what it was but i used it on an old mazda p/u and it looked great and lasted . all i can remember is i got it at an auto parts store. pep boys i think. also someone on here did paint the one son their truck and it came out great.
     
  5. Dec 29, 2010 at 2:24 AM
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    bigef12

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    Removed that stupid "Sport Bumper Trim"
    Mothers Back to Black works ok. Lasts a while, but you have to reapply several times a year.
     
  6. Dec 29, 2010 at 2:25 AM
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    503TRD

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    I would just go ahead and paint them :/
     
  7. Dec 29, 2010 at 2:41 AM
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    mines faded real bad in this hawaii weather, im thinking of herculiner it but even that seems to fade unless you buy this uv coating. Check out supremetaco's build in 1st gen he herculinered his flares looks sick
     
  8. Dec 29, 2010 at 3:11 AM
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    AeroCooper

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    Faded factory fender flares fix: First, find a fickle female to fry five fatty foods fastly. Finally, on the first Friday of February, fling fattiest fat from the fat fry firmly onto faded factory fender flares.


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    PS: Don't try this at home, or anywhere.
     
  9. Dec 29, 2010 at 3:28 AM
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  10. Dec 29, 2010 at 4:50 AM
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    Mine actually got a white coating/buildup on them that if you scratched with your fingernail could see the gray/black underneath. So I used a pack of Mr Clean Magic Erasers and some soapy water and removed it all. Then treated with 303 or equivalent.. Every 4-5 months I just hit them quickly with another magic eraser and they still look real good. Just dont over do it or they will scratch
     
  11. Dec 29, 2010 at 5:01 AM
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    Added extra awesomeness to its original awesomeness.
    Yeah, Meguiar's trim cleaner is pretty good, it lasts for a little while, but just like the others you have to do it every so often. I use it on my 2nd gen plastic fender flares, I'll find out exactly what it is called, but I'm sure it is not much different from Back-to-Black.
     
  12. Dec 29, 2010 at 5:57 AM
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    Only real fix to this is to repaint them. On my old Taco I used some plastic paint from Autozone sand/primer/paint (3 coats). It lasted for 2yrs without fading then I sold the truck. Here are some snaps of it.

    My 2000 Taco 001.jpg
    My 2000 Taco 006.jpg
     
  13. Dec 29, 2010 at 6:02 AM
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    I used Dupli color bed liner paint and they turned out great!
     
  14. Dec 29, 2010 at 7:31 AM
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    try black bumper paint from autozone.
     
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    I've been debating painting them with the Herculiner or Rhino Coat. God I miss the 1st Generation ones. They looked so much better.
     
  16. Dec 29, 2010 at 7:51 AM
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    clean them with Mr Clean Magic Erasers next time you wash the truck. I did that to my front bumper, window trim etc this summer and it still looks great - not quite new but a huge improvement.
     
  18. Dec 29, 2010 at 9:20 AM
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    Im with MT girl on this one.

    The Mr. Clean magic erasers work wonders, and cost a whopping 5 dollars for a 4 pack at the grocery store. I did mine in the summer and they still look pretty damn good.
     
  19. Dec 29, 2010 at 3:31 PM
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    Not sure how to fix it. I use a lot of armor all and park in covered parking whenever possible to prevent this from happening on my 2004. WD40 might get rid of the wax look.
     
  20. Dec 29, 2010 at 3:43 PM
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    very true. scuffed a flare with my finger nail to see if this was the case and it does seem like a fine white colored film build up more than fading from black. i will try the magic eraser at my next wash, which is much needed. you stated you then treated with "303 or equivalent" what is this?

    thanks all
     
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