Luvi Silverberg
November 11, 2022

How to Make Jeep Fenders Black Again


Jeep fenders are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and wear-and-tear. However, over time, your Jeep can develop rust and other damage to its fenders. This can make driving dangerous as it affects your ability to see out of your vehicle, which is especially important for drivers who use their vehicles for work or travel long distances at night. Luckily, repairing a damaged fender is not that difficult—all you need is a little elbow grease and some black paint!

Step 1: Wash the fenders with a good car wash detergent and a sponge.

  • Position your Jeep so it's safely on level ground and you can reach all four fenders.

  • Wash the fenders with a good car wash detergent and a sponge or soft cloth, being careful not to scratch the paint. You can use dish soap, but it's not as effective at removing dirt as a dedicated car wash soap is.

  • Use water that's warm but not hot to avoid damaging the paint job or burning yourself, then rinse off all of the soap with an equal amount of clean water (this will prevent scratches).

Step 2: For many, this is the most boring part of the job—hand sanding your Jeep fenders to remove old layers of paint.

  • Power sand the body of your Jeep. This is the first step in removing any old paint from the body. You can use a power sander for this, but it's not necessary—you can just use your hands as well. If you don't have one already, pick up an orbital sander that has a 5-inch pad (not too big) and an 80-grit sandpaper pad to get started with. The material used in sanding blocks also comes in different grits, but start with something coarse like 60 or 80 grit. For hand sanding your fender covers, try using 100-grit paper wrapped around a block of wood or foam (this will prevent scratches).

  • If you want to remove all traces of paint on your Jeep fenders, consider giving them some TLC by hand-sanding every single inch with 220 grit paper wrapped around a block of wood or foam; this process will take time and patience so be prepared!

Step 3: Paint your Jeep fenders black using the spray paint specified by your Jeep manufacturer.

Use the specified spray paint for your Jeep fenders.

Spray paints are not the same as regular paint. Spray paints come out of a can, while regular paints come in a tub or bucket and you have to mix them yourself. They are also different colors, depending on what vehicle part you want to paint with it and how shiny or matte you want the finish to look.

Step 4: Allow each coat to dry for at least one hour before applying a second coat.

  • Allow each coat of paint to dry for at least one hour before applying a second coat.*

  • Don't rush through the painting process. This can result in poor coverage and runs in your paint job. Check carefully for spots that need more paint, or you'll end up with an uneven finish!

  • Make sure it's not too cold or too hot when you're painting; if it's too warm outside, the paint will dry too quickly, preventing proper application and leading to uneven results. If it's too cold outside, however, the water in the base coat will freeze before it dries completely--resulting in bubbles forming on top of your Jeep fender!

  • Avoid painting when there's wind blowing; this will make it difficult for you to work with any brushes or rollers that require even pressure while applying them evenly across your entire Jeep fenders surface area (or whatever part of your vehicle needs repainting).

  • Don't attempt any kind of automotive exterior repair during rainy weather--this includes any type of exterior cleaning or maintenance work (or other types of home improvement projects like landscaping). In addition

Step 5: After painting, allow the Jeep fenders to dry for up to 24 hours before driving it again.

Now the paint has been applied and is ready for curing. You need to let it dry for a few hours before driving your Jeep again, and you should give it 24 hours of drying time before taking your vehicle on any road trips.

The paint can take up to 24 hours to fully cure, but if you drive your car too soon after applying the protective coating, you may damage the new finish by exposing it to water or other elements that could cause chipping or peeling.

It's important to follow all instructions as provided by your Jeep manufacturer.

  • It's important to follow all instructions as provided by your Jeep manufacturer. You must not be impatient. Even if you're eager to get back on the road, it's extremely important that the paint dries completely before you do anything else.

  • Be sure that you don't rush the drying process by using a hair dryer or other heat source, as this could lead to flaking or cracking in the future.

  • Do not drive until the paint is dry and has had time to cure fully--this can take up to 48 hours depending of humidity levels in your area, so plan accordingly!

  • Apply too much paint at a time, especially if it's windy out or if there's rain coming later in the day (or night). The more layers of primer and base coat there are on top of each other, they higher chance they'll flake off when wetted again later down the road from washing cars again--and no one wants their car looking like something from The Shining!


If you follow the steps outlined above, your Jeep should be looking good as new in no time. In our experience, this method works well on most fenders. However, if you're concerned about the longevity of your paint job or want something more durable than spray paint alone (like powder coating), we recommend contacting a professional who specializes in auto body work.