Stop being a girl and spray them with some Rustoleum Bedliner Coating and install them!
Hell that's probably the best advice i've heard all day! hahahah
JKCTAZ just beat me to the punch by a couple of hours. I used Rustoleum Truck Bed Coating (don't use "Rubberized Undercoat") and it has held up to the weather really well. Not quite as well to stone chips. And not nearly as well to granite.
But I'm very happy with it for the money and effort spent.
My flares are aluminum, so rust is not an issue when the minor chips do show up. They come DA sanded with what looks like 60 - 80 grit, so there's a pretty good tooth to the surface already. I used Acetone to clean off any contaminants, then applied 4-5 coats of the Rustoleum Truck Bed Coating, all in the same day (pay attention to re-coat windows).
The stuff goes on heavy (and fast
), as you might expect, so you'll want to be really careful not to get runs. I can't remember what the can recommends, but I held about an 18" distance from the surface and got a nice texture with no runs. It dries well enough to handle pretty quickly, but let it cure a few days before you bolt them up. It's a decent match for the OEM Rubi-rails, but the OEM finish has more of a gloss to it and a little less texture. All in all, though, I was really surprised how well they went together when mine was at that point. (Brawler Rockers were a later addition).
I should have bought stock in Rustoleum early on. I've used the same stuff on both bumpers, the Crusher Flares, inside the fender-wells, the Brawler Rockers, the Hi-Lift Jack carrier I built, and most recently I used it to "paint" my modified SmittyBilt Drawer in the back. No telling how much I've spent on the stuff, but it's been worth it and I would do it again.
Easy touch-ups too. For chips, I just spray some in an empty coffee can until I get a little puddle of liquid, then use a Q-Tip to daub some on the chips. For bigger stuff, or where you need a more general coverage, just clean the surface well and shoot a light coating over the whole piece. It doesn't flake off and it looks brand new.
Oh, and it goes well enough with the texture of the soft top that I used it on the sides of my camper shell for my M101A2 utility/expo trailer. (I used white rustoleum paint on top to control heat a little better.) I like the look, and I've had a lot of positive comments on it.