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Old 06-13-2006
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Tips for cleaning NON-painted fender flares

Sup all. Well as you can see, I'm new here to the Ranger community. Since the wife and I bought our 2002 Ranger, only couple weeks ago, the flares have had some old wax on them. The same for the front valance, looks old, like wax had been put on and never cleaned properly. Those of you with non-painted flares will know what I'm talking about. Well, theres a product that I have been using awhile now for the interior in my Camaro. Its a called Vinylex. I get in the spray bottle. The only place I have been able to find it is Pep-boys. Its around $5 a bottle. That stuff worked pretty good. I at first sprayed it on a rag and would wipe it on and try to scrub/work it in to clean them up. But in the really bad spots I found that if I sprayed it on directly the scrubed it in it would work better. Now, if you have ever used it or seen it used its awesome stuff. Great for interior and stuff like that on the exterior. It made the flares and front valance look better then new! Plus when you use it, it will give it a nice clean/shiny look but wont be real greasy like Armor-all can be. I have not tried the Megiurs stuff yet, but I do hear that stuff works good too. But this has been my experience and hopefully can help some of you out. Oh ya, if you really do want the crazy shine, you can re-apply coats once the first has dried(no, it doesnt glaze or solid over like a wax or polymer). Plus, it makes it really easy to clean off if you keep them maintaned especially when you go play in the mud or sand. I'll get pics up here soon. BTW, you can ask Dangelj316. He has seen my truck himself.

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there is a product called Back to Black that Mothers makes that works ok. maybe try it
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i have the same problem.. i got a little wax on my flares but I haven't really tried to get it off, just a regular scrub while I'm washing...
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Brush works well too especially if you flop into it.....or so ive been told......
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I tried a product called Wurth Rubber Care. It takes some elbow grease, but it will actually remove the wax - not just cover it up.

http://www.properautocare.com/wurucaa.html
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Vinylex is the same, it doesnt cover it up. It cleans it real well, i'm sure that stuff is good to. Might have to find that to use it on the door seals. Thanks.

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Get regular Armor All stuff. It'll take it right off with a bit of elbow grease.

I'm planning on just line-xing my fenders cuz im tired of them loloking grey comparted to the rest of my truck.
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Old 06-21-2006
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Yeah, I have the same issue with my truck. The guy that I bought it from took it into the detailer, and the wax got all over the grey fender flares...i have made attempts to clean, but a year later you can still see some residue. I've used Armor All, but I havent scrubbed too much on them. I guess that will give me something to do this weekend.

PS: Their website has a list of where to buy Lexol products, and it lists GI Joes as a retailer. I guess I can run over there after work tomorrow to see if I can pick some up.
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Just an update: A few saturdays ago I stopped by GI Joes looking for the aforementioned Vinylex, the local store didnt carry it; so I picked up the cheapest cleaner they had (~$5), it was the Mother's stuff that was mentioned earlier by Zach I believe. It turns out the stuff works great! I used maybe a quarter of a bottle, some elbow grease and an old rag...it took maybe 30 minutes to get my fender flares looking great! And in 2-3 weeks later they are still looking great!

(And NO, I am not a Mother's employee!)
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ive used the mothers back to black and it works pretty good. ill probably buy it again i i dont lin-x them first.
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i used an old toothbrush to get the little bit of wax off my fender flares and it worked really well. If I want to, I wipe on some Armor All Exterior on them and they look nice and black.
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the best thing i have ever found to work is one of those gum erasers. It works unbelievable for plastic trim with wax on it. Takes it right off!!!
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