FADED FENDER FLARES, OH NO!!!
Sound familiar? “Help, my fender flares are faded, and I can’t afford to buy new ones!”
Well, guess what? You don’t need to buy new ones. ‘Cause just like how Stella got her groove back, there are plenty of products on the market today to help remedy those faded flares and get your Jeep back into its pre-sun-bleached state of bliss.
The plastic Jeep fender flares typically found on Wranglers and older Patriots can be restored at a very low cost of between $6 and $15. The overall best way to prevent them from fading is by performing regular preventive maintenance in the application of a restoration product each time your Jeep gets washed or the oil gets changed – whichever occurs more often.
It’s natural for the Jeep fender flares to fade due to their constant exposure to everything mother nature has to throw at them. While the sun makes us mortals tan, it, unfortunately, causes our fender flares to fade – sometimes to an almost chalky white in the most extreme cases.
Have no fear, your fender restorer is here!
If your fender flares have already faded, or you want to prevent future fading, there are many products right on the shelves of your local department store (read: Walmart) or easily found on e-commerce sites such as Amazon.
As an added bonus, these restoration products can also be used on other parts of the Jeep made of plastic such as the door handles, mirrors, and those pesky stock bumpers.
At HerJeepLIfe.com, we’ve heard and read about other methods of restoring faded fender flares that include the use of a heat gun or steel wool, but we feel there is too much room for error with those methods.
Obviously, an inexperienced person wielding a heat gun is a recipe for disaster, destined to result in melt marks in their flares. And steel wool? That just wreaks of scratched up frustration. We even found a video of someone using a blowtorch to restore their faded flares. Now, we’re no bonafide experts, but we can see a lot going wrong with that method.
Over the years we’ve tried several “foolproof” products which have all worked successfully and without complication. To take the guesswork out of restoring your flares, here’s a short list of those with which we achieved the best results:
If you’ve used a different product or method in the past to restore your Jeep’s faded fender flares, let us know about it in the comments!
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