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A Fender Flare Restore That May Last....

Morning JFers,

Anyone with factory fender flares knows they tend to fade and get scratched up over time. Until now, my attempts to restore them haven't held up. I've tried rattle can products designed for plastics, as well as trim and tire coatings, but none of them have lasted more than a few months before flaking/wearing off.

Here's what my last rattle can attempt looked like after only a year.

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So, I did some research and found that black KIWI Leather Dye is often used for restoring trim pieces.

Since it's easily found at Walmart, I decided to give it a try.
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The hardest part was removing the old layers of paint on the flares, but a little elbow grease and plenty of lacquer thinner took care of that.
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After removing the old paint, I buffed the flares with medium course steel wool to remove some of the scratches and any remaining paint.

Then I applied the KIWI Leather Dye, liberally. Let dry and repeat. The flares soaked the dye right up. Finally, I buffed them with a microfiber cloth.

The results were impressive, and I think it may actually last. Touchups will be easy, too.

Hope this helps some of you,

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Thanks for the tip! I might but a coat of that on my new flares to protect them.

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Thanks for experimenting Matt, Hope it lasts.


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I wonder about any UV protection. I suppose you could spray something clear over them.



Nice work.

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I've been thinking of doing something about my old dried up flares.
On your previous attempts did you ever try plastidip?
If I've never done anything to mine before and were to try this method what prep should I do?
All your pictures are while on the jeep, did you remove them to do the work?


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Your flares sure look good after the treatment and the factory ones are well worth the effort to save. I'm sure you'll be keeping us posted on the way they hold up. Thanks for the effort.


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I've been thinking of doing something about my old dried up flares.
On your previous attempts did you ever try plastidip?
If I've never done anything to mine before and were to try this method what prep should I do?
All your pictures are while on the jeep, did you remove them to do the work?


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I did not try Plastidip.

Yes, I removed the flares. I didn't want the lacquer thinner anywhere close to the paint on my tub.

As for prep, that depends on your situation. Mine had old paint on them, so I had to remove that, first. If yours are just faded, you should be able to simply buff them with steel wool (I used #1 grit), clean them thoroughly, then apply the KIWI dye.

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I wonder about any UV protection. I suppose you could spray something clear over them.



Nice work.
Thanks. Since the dye penetrates the flare material, my hope is additional protective coatings won't be necessary. But we'll see.

I did do a scratch test, and was pleased to see the scratch was barely visible, which confirmed the dye did actually soak in, instead of just coat the top surface.

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Interesting. Gonna have to try this. My flares are looking a little worse for wear on all the Jeeps. Only thing I've ever used is armor all, and it makes dust stick to them horribly.

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Wow those did come out good !
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