I used fusion paint on mine and they look great, but do yourself a favor and don't remove the flares to paint them. They are a pain in the ***** to take off and put back on. Just tape off the paint with newspaper.
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I heard about this stuff here on JF and I'm sold on it.
My flares weren't faded, but a few other vinyl areas were. I applied it over a month ago and those areas still look like new.
I've used forever black, it's been on there for more than a year now with very little signs of fade. a definite ++
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Forever Black must be made by people with extremely short life spans, cause it looks like battered hell in a couple of days. The Fusion paint works great though, and a little goes a long way. I was actually impressed with this product. Geez, never thought I would say that...
I've used Fusion on other plastic parts on the Jeep and metal parts too for that matter (read the can, it says you can use it on metal! )
Motor oil I think would be bad because I would think it will eventually disolve the plastic/rubber of the flares? Heating? Well there I think you are either burning off a laywer of the flare or releasing more of the volatiles or plasticisers from beneath the surface. I am not sure if that is good or bad though.
This weekend I am going to take my flares off or leave them on, mask and strip, clean, and repaint them.
I have a can of custom mixed paint mixed to the 1991, Jeep Sahara J5 Metalic Khaki paint code. I also have a can of adhesion promoter, grey primer and clear coat too.
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One can of Krylon Fusion did all four flares, the flare extensions, rear seatbelt boxes, rear license plate holder, and the headlight bezels. I just finished last night and it looks great. Also used duplicolor on the roll bar padding. It looks brand new.
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I don't have the black flares. I have the painted ones... But, do what I do with my bumpers and the milk jugs(which are the same as the flares).... Go buy a rattle can of Duplicolor Bumper Coating. It's the exact same color as the bumpers and flares. In fact, I painted half my bumper (just to test it) and after it dried, I couldn't tell where the painting started. It's an exact match and texture!
The paint lasts only till the next time I go mudding (on the milk cartons because they're porous plastic) because down here you get that white mud that acts like paint. And, there's no scrubbing in the world that will get it off once it's dry. So, I clean them and paint them while they're still on. Wala! My bumpers look brand new.
I'm sure that the flares would last for months with a couple of coats of the Bumper Coating...
Oh, and you can buy it at any autoparts store anywhere....
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Just a tip. If you "flame" them, be careful. If you get them too hot, you won't be able to paint them. The paint needs the rubber on the surface for the paint to stick. If you torch the crap out of them, you will burn off the rubber and bring the talc to the surface. Paint doesn't stick to talc. As far as painting the flares. The Mold In Color flares have UV stabilizers in the material and paint traditionally doesn't stick real well to the UV additives, might not last very long or be very robust. Will look great for Mall Crawling, but will prolly come right off in sheets with a nice tree rub.
Just some friendly advice. There is some spray out there(can't remember the name right now) that will shine those flares right up. We use it sometimes to blend in flow lines or mfg defects.
Mother's "Back To Black" works for me. You just have to do it a couple of times. If you still want to paint them though, you should use a vinyl spray paint. It will flex with the rubber. Krylon fusion is made for ridgid plastic, like lawn chairs.
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I bought some Mother's Back to Black today and applied it and it came out nice. Mine are not too faded but it did make a difference. I am just not a good spray painter at all and I would mess them up bad if I tried!