I have also used Forever Black. Lasts far more than a couple of days. Did all my black trim items over 6 months ago, still no fading. The running boards took two heavy coats, but they are not faded either. The trick is to clean the item to be "blacked" very thoroughly before blacking it out.
Originally Posted by woobinator
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...
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I used a heat gun for my fender flares on a newly acquire '01 TJ - the model gun was a black and decker with temp settings of 500/1020 F
The flares were bleached white and I ran the heat gun about an inch away from the surface and it worked like a champ! the result doesn't seem to actually melt away that original texture on the fenders so don't worry a out it deforming or showing some weird melted plastic look.
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Mother's, Back to Black, etc is also very temporary. They add some shine and depth to the color for a while, but it goes away within a few weeks to a few months.
Heating works, but you have to be careful. You can ruin a flare very quickly. Replacing one can get very pricey and they will never match perfectly. And again, it's temporary. It lasts a bit longer than the Mother's and Back to Black etc, but hey will eventually fade again.
I have TJ rear flares on all four corners of my XJ. I masked them off with blue painters tape and newspaper and painted all 4 in less than an hour in my driveway with one can on Krylon. They look brand new and have stayed looking brand new for years.
Save your time and money and get a can of Krylon and be done with it so you can spend your time on other more important things.
Been lurking here, we have 2 jeeps, your site is a wellspring of good info, thanks.
I'll toss my 2 cents in here.
Normally on my junker daily drivers (not jeeps) they have lots of faded black trim/bumpers ect.
I've tried everything, most of them are short term useless.
With the last batch of test patches rubbed on the one cars black bumper, (baby oil, crisco, synthetic motor oil and antifreeze) I'm seeing the SYNTHETIC motor oil is staying dark and shiny after a week. The crisco got sticky.... bad idea. Oddly, the antifreeze is also staying black and shiny too. Baby oil did not darken the black enough to begin with.
Yeah... I'm cheap and curious.
I used regular new motor oil last yr on aall the trim on an whole other car, and it seemed to not only fade but remain kinda oily.
the synthetic oil I'm testing this week not only buffed off dry but is holding the shine very well.
I'm not crazy about the idea of the antifreeze even if it does work, the cats licked off the crisco and if they do that to the antifreeze, I'll have more problems than just faded bumpers.
So far this season, full synthetic motor oil is the winner for a total wet down-wipe off & buff job.
I'm going to do a trial run on a festiva's rear bumper (black vynal/rubber something) tomorrow with a heavy smear on, leave soak a while and buff off, and if it lasts more than a few weeks......
The jeeps get their faded black stuff oiled.
I'll keep you informed on the progress.
It seems like the plastic vynal whatever it is these flares and bumpers are made of absorbs the synthetic motor oil and darkens it faster than regular motor oil, which I kinda had to rub in harder and, once its wiped off, it seems to be dry to the touch and not oily/greasy like reg motor oil.
I just installed clear corner lights and light cages so I want my flares black again to make everything look better. On my old CJ, I painted the flares with .99 cent walmart flat black paint and it looked great. I have stepped up a notch and started using Krylon ($2.99 per can at Home Depot). I just painted my Door Entry Guards and they look new. I was worried that I couldn't get the paint even but the flat black seems to blend together well. I plan on doing my flares tomorrow. I will take some before and after pics to posts that may help some people decide which route to take.
I just got some rustoleum advanced satin that says it is made for plastics. I'm trying it on the inside of the rocker gaurd (2000 TJ Sahara) first before I apply it on the outside. Based on first coat, I'm thinking of changing to flat black. I was wondering if anyone else has/had tried the rustoleum advanced for their flares?