new owner - keeping black fenders black

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new wrangler owner - keeping black fenders black... so this may be a dumb ? for some of you guys...

drum roll... how do you keep the black fenders black, or what do you use after wash?



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new wrangler owner - keeping black fenders black... so this may be a dumb ? for some of you guys...

drum roll... how do you keep the black fenders black, or what do you use after wash?
I have a feeling there is not too much to really make a huge difference. On my Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, it had the black lip around the fenders, I thought they looked good after 6 months until I replaced 1 of them due to some Battle scars from Moab, then I realized how much they faded. I asked my car regularly and applied a maguires protectant to the black plastic parts. They still faded. It is nothing like the old ones where they would wash out completely, but if you ever replace 1 with new the others will really show that they are older.
 

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Heat , use a soldering torch..Apply enough heat to get them back to black but not too much.. works great
 

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yes, a heat gun will work.. I suggest watching a couple you tube video on the process.. it works great.. you can remove scratches on the plastic and also remove the oxidation turning them black again...I used the technique on both my JK’s and it works great
 

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This has worked out well so far. I put it on my dads 17 jk fenders as well as the rest of the black. It works well so far
 

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+1 on 303 Protectant
 

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yes, a heat gun will work.. I suggest watching a couple you tube video on the process.. it works great.. you can remove scratches on the plastic and also remove the oxidation turning them black again...I used the technique on both my JK’s and it works great
I’ve read a couple of other forum post stating that this is not a good idea. Heating the plastic draws the oils within the material to the surface, temporarily restoring the color but permanently reducing flexibility. The result is a fender that may look good for a while but is more brittle and prone to cracking.

I believe your best bet is to do berry thing you can to prevent the discoloration in the first place, or keep it to a minimum with a UV protectant.
 

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This is what you are looking for and will save you tons of time after you apply it. It’s a coating that last way longer then anything already listed. I will be applying this in the coming weeks once all this rain clears so it has time to cure.
 

                           
























































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