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Old 04-18-2011
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Fender Flares

I've got an Fx4 with the black plastic fender flares.

Anyone have a good way of cleaning/polishing matte fender flares so they don't look so flat/faded?

I've used Armor All with some success, but I'm wondering if there's something else out there.
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Paint them with black paint and a clear coat.
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I used some Meguairs stuff on mine... before I put the painted ones on. I can't think of the name at the moment but it really made them shine!
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I just checked the bottle... it was Meguiars Gold Class Trim Detailer. I'll look for a pic from when I used it.
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Im gonna paint mine this weekend.....but damn, those plastic rivits are such a PITA to remove!
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Yep, I just cut mine and bought new ones.
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Lol I was gonna do that too

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the dub guys who own mk2's and 3's (mid 80s til mid 90s) sometimes use shoe polish. i don't know how long this lasts though.
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Mothers Back to Black works great on my truck. Made the step bars look brand new.
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paint em with dupa color bumber paint.. then keep the armor all off em cause that stuff fads any exterior plastic
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paint em with dupa color bumber paint.. then keep the armor all off em cause that stuff fads any exterior plastic
thats what I used on my lower valance, rear bumper trim.....next, my flares. That stuff is awesome, dries really fast too. I honestely think that all the product that I used on my trim over time has fubar'd them.
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i found either tire wax works nice and last long or some engine oil really shines em nice and dirt and **** doesnt stick to it like it would with tire wax
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gloss black not flat black i had to redo my rims lol
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flat black > gloss black

if u can't decide, go satin black lol
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do you guys paint all of the plastic or just the flares? im thinking if i paint my flares its gonna make the front and back bumper look out of place.
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do you guys paint all of the plastic or just the flares? im thinking if i paint my flares its gonna make the front and back bumper look out of place.

It will.....well, it makes perfect sense to paint all the trim IMO....that is if your gonna start somewhere on the trim. Next for me is my side mirror trim and door handles.....just cause it doesn't match with all the rest of the freshly painted trim! :) Its up to you though.
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i used some foaming tire cleaner on mine today.
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I painted my flares and front valence a few weeks back...looks a lot better! I had also previously painted the grille since it was faded and grey also. I should do the back bumper pad also but its been too hot out to mess with it lately.


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I painted my flares and front valence a few weeks back...looks a lot better! I had also previously painted the grille since it was faded and grey also. I should do the back bumper pad also but its been too hot out to mess with it lately.


Wow you did a good job on those flares and valence..what kind of paint did you use?
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Krylon Fusion Satin Black is supposed to be good for plastic.
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Where abouts to you get that from?..does it come in a spray can?
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Yep it comes in a spray can. Many places carry it... just go to your local Walmart or similar store!
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