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Fading fender flares

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by thegame, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. Mar 20, 2011 at 5:12 PM
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    thegame

    thegame [OP] WUT?

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    My fender flares look like shit, for the lack of better terms. I've tried Back to Black, which only works for a short amount of time. I've tried using the heat gun method which just made it look worse when they faded again. Ideally, I'd like to get them color matched to my truck without spending gobs of money or at least paint them with good spray paint that won't fade over time.

    Has anyone been successful with painting the flares? Plasti-dip? Krylon Fusion (Plastic specific)? Durable is always a plus since I wheel my truck. Maybe some sort of roll-on bedliner product would be good? :D I just can't stand having these faded flares!!
     
  2. Mar 20, 2011 at 5:16 PM
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    MTgirl

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    Try cleaning them with Mr Clean magic erasers - I did my bumpers and all of the other plastic bits last summer and they looked a lot better. Not quite 100% new but close!
     
  3. Mar 20, 2011 at 5:18 PM
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    YellowDog01

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    I know some people used the Krylon Fusion Gloss Black.


    I used Black to Black on my front valence and it was okay, but Lisa is right, Magic Eraser does the trick.
     
  4. Mar 20, 2011 at 5:29 PM
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    shitroc

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    x2 on the erasers they work,hitting them with some mothers back to black after the erasers works well to.
     
  5. Mar 20, 2011 at 5:30 PM
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    bellassaiw10

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    I just bought a can of bumper coating and a can of adhesive promoter and re did mine, been on there for about 8 months and hasnt faded yet
     
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    Rip them off.
     
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    If my new truck were as nice as my old truck (below), I would have just taken them off ;) But removing them on my 01 will leave holes in the fender and I'd rather shy away from that.

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    Thanks for the suggestions! Guess I'll pick up some Magic Erasers and try those out :)
     
  8. Mar 20, 2011 at 6:30 PM
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  9. Mar 20, 2011 at 8:17 PM
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    First, Magic Eraser, then 303 protectant.

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    You really need to keep rinsing and do it in good direct light so you can see if you got all the oxidixed gray crap off with the Magic Eraser. Then 303 them. I don't think the originals were ever actually totally black, but a superdark gray.

    Seems to be holding up quite well after about a month and some serious heavy rainstorms.
     
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    I use ATF (Automatic Tranny Fluid) just soak a rag in it shine it up and then take a dry rag and wipe it off!
     
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    The extra strength Magic Erasers are more durable and last longer.
     
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    Don't mean to thread jack but would the magic eraser work on the beige colored plastic bumpers on a Sport trac? my Dad has an 01 and the bumpers look like CRAP.. or more like crap than a Ford Explorer with the back cut off does anyway
     
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    First, scratch them with your finger nail to see if that removes the white/faded film look to expose the original factory black-shine. If it does, then why paint them or use more of the same "Armor All" type products that helped get them looking like crap in the first place? The trick is trying to find a device that is the consistency of a finger nail but with a much larger surface that can be used to rub off all the film. The fingernail doesn't scratch it at all.

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    I use spray trim shine made by stoner. I order cases off of amazon.com. people stop and ask me what I use all the time. Almost look new and they are 12 years old
     
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    Those Mr.Clean magic erasers and some elbow grease got mine looking pretty good. Afterwards I used ArmorAll tire shine on them.
     
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    Plasti Dip, Plasti Dip, Plasti Dip!!!
    I had the same problem with my truck and I sprayed Plasti Dip with a matte finish. Looks brand new!!
     
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