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Re: Sun Bleached Fender Flares
Lame? Feh. [img]images/graemlins/chair.gif[/img]
Yes, it is temporary, but it lasts longer than you might think. I re-apply about every 3000 miles or 3 months, when I happen to have about 5 quarts of used, warm motor oil lying around [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] It also makes sense chemically. The solutions like Mother's and such make even more sense and are better suited to the task, but of course they also cost more than nothing (which is what I prefer to pay for such an unimportant task).
I tried the painting thing a number of years ago (on a different vehicle), but regardless of preparation couldn't get it to stop trying to flake off or scratch off on branches or rocks. I thought it was a lot easier to rub them every few months with an oily rag than prep, paint, and reprep and repaint every time they got a ding.
I'd think the bedliner on them would be more durable than paint, but of course that stuff tends to hold dirt tight and (depending on the make) can fade even worse than the standard plastic.