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 Post subject: Mudflap resurrection
PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:09 pm 
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Not sure who all would be interested in this, since everyone has there own method I am sure.

This is my mudflap resurrection how-to:
The one of the left is before scrubbing, it has just had a general wash.
These came off of The Black Mamba an early '81 SX4 sport that lived most of it's life up in the northern-most states.
The one on the right is pretty much a finished product.
These mudflaps are the tire-like rubber type.


List of things you need:
- an old toothbrush
- baking soda
- white or your choice of color in paint
- clear lacquer

Wet the toothbrush and dip into your baking soda then scrub with the paste. With my mudflaps and the amount of grime
buried into it it took a lot of scrubbing. Even if they don't look like they have grime this would probably still be a good idea
since it does get off the old oxidized rubber as well.

Depending on how you want to go about it: either masking off around the script or paint by hand. You will need masking tape
or a paint brush and whatever type of paint that goes with your method.

Then lacquer. I did front and back.


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This 1st mudflap I tried masking, which I hate. I will need to touch up the edges on it. I think the next one I am going with the paintbrush method.

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 Post subject: Re: Mudflap resurrection
PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:24 pm 
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Looking good! : 1985amceagle:

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 Post subject: Re: Mudflap resurrection
PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:28 am 
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maybe a white permanent marker?

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 Post subject: Re: Mudflap resurrection
PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:45 am 
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thereverendbill wrote:
maybe a white permanent marker?

Do they make such a thing? :lol: I admit I don't look at markers much.
Though that did remind me (I seem to always forget about them too), I should've got a paint marker :facepalm:
I am going with silver on my mudflaps, so it will match the body.

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 Post subject: Re: Mudflap resurrection
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They make paint pens...which would probably work.

I just gave mine a quick cleaning with regular soap and put a coat of trim paint on them...never did paint the Eagle part.

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 Post subject: Re: Mudflap resurrection
PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:18 am 
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I didn't think this was going to turn out as tedious as it has. Due to the mudflaps coming from the The Black Mamba and her being in such a bad state and these flaps going through all the conditions she endured. I noticed a lot of grime that wasn't just washable and it irked me. Plus apparently a lot of hidden grime as well.


Here is what they look like while working the baking soda paste around. As you can see there is a lot of black grime and now black paste.
Also I should note: this mudflap is the same mudflap on the left in the OP. Didn't look so bad before, did it?
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 Post subject: Re: Mudflap resurrection
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Is there a compound for white lettering on tires and would it work on flaps?


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 Post subject: Re: Mudflap resurrection
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:28 am 
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Mernsy wrote:
Is there a compound for white lettering on tires and would it work on flaps?

that was exactly what i was thinking about :banana:

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 Post subject: Re: Mudflap resurrection
PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:56 pm 
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Here is the finished product. Don't mind the pools of water, they had been sitting on my porch a couple of days and had pollen all over them.
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It took me awhile due to running out of lacquer on the first one, had to go get some more and forgot what kind I had been using so just grabbed what they had. Well after doing the other 3 with the 'new' lacquer (same paint) I seen that it had darkened up my silver. So stripped down the 1st mudflap to re-do it to match. The first mudflap was more of a shiny chrome-like silver and the others were a little darker grey. So lesson to the story- the kind of lacquer does matter on the finished color.

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 Post subject: Re: Mudflap resurrection
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I used Duplicolor brand Vinyl colorant on mine. Gives the black a like new shine and helps to block the UV from the original. I used the yellow colorant on the lettering (sprayed into a cup and then hand painted with a fine brush) to match the paint scheme on her.


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