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I've done some looking around for the best thing to do to fender flares that are faded.  We've all seen them.  I was going to just use some Krylon fusion paint, but heard it chips and comes off with scratches as to be expected.  I thought about some rubbing compounds/waxes/oils/etc...  but well... I guess the thought of all that elbow grease for something that may or may not work just didn't sound too appealing to me.  I saw a vid a while back of someone using Heat to re-blacken their flares.  I thought I'd give this a shot.  I wasn't able to get my hands on a heat gun (thanks Aaron), so I thought... "I have a propane torch :D".  That makes heat :D.  So, I gave it shot tonight, and was amazed at how simple it was, and how it didn't damage or melt the flare at all.  I've only done the two rear flares, but each one only took about 5 minutes.  Time could be shortened with a little more heat, as you'll see in this vid, as I start with it pretty hot, then turn it down, and then turn it back up towards the end.  

I didn't see anything like this on our forum, so I thought I'd post it up.  Thanks for watching, and if anyone has any questions, please feel free to let me know.  I'd say you could do all four stock flares in under 20 minutes, as I went slow on this one, and still did it in 5 minutes.

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Tue Nov 04, 2008 8:11 am
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very nice write up.....and i like the thanks aaron part.  i cant help it i dont remember anything...lol.


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Thanks Aaron...  I just wanted to give you some props too... lol


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Nice hardwood floors.

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ha.. thanks man.  Sanded them for days when I bought my house.  The polyurethane I used turned them a lot more reddish than I would have liked, but I'm not going to sand them down again.... lol!



Oh, and thanks for noticing the flares in the video too!


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very nice, think i may try this

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very nice, think i may try this


It's super easy to do.  If you have any questions, just let me know.  Just don't hold the heat in one place until you get a feel for how to do it.  :)


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hmmm


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LS1Jeeper wrote:
hmmm



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That technique will also work, to some degree, on dirt bike and atv plastic. Probably best to use a heat gun on the colored plastic.

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JBPjeeper wrote:
very nice, think i may try this


It's super easy to do.  If you have any questions, just let me know.  Just don't hold the heat in one place until you get a feel for how to do it.  :)


have you found any info on how long they will stay black...and yeah when i go to do it i'll def. get some advice if i need help...

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No, I don't know how long they'll hold the black after doing this.  I've had mine on a few weeks now and they're still... well, they're dirty, so I don't know what color they are.  I would think they'll stay black for a year or so.... just depending on how much they set in the sun.


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6-8 months, I tried this a few years ago. Krylon Fusion works better, unless your like me and stuff keeps rubbing against the flares (like the ground) :)


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