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Faded roll-bar padding?

Not much of a write-up but...

Without completely replacing the padding altogether, I had 2 options. The 1st option was to dye it. The 2nd option was to paint it.

Dyeing it: I tried this with a standard fabric dye and it did NOT work. It actually made things worse. I knew it probably wouldn't come out too well but went ahead and tried it anyway. Most fabric dyes are not intended for use on nylon so I knew going into this that it might not work. I had no idea that it would be so bad though. Matters were only made worse due to the fact that the particular dye I used specified to add salt to the mix. What I wound up with was an only marginally improved look ( that didn't last) with 2 additional problems... a nasty residue on the padding from the salt and corrosion on the ends of the zippers. It was bad enough that I couldn't even completely unzip the padding to remove it again. I even changed the ratio of dye/ water to get it REALLY black... still failed. So... DO NOT USE CONVENTIONAL DYE TO RESTORE ROLL-BAR PADDING BACK TO ORIG BLACK COLOR.

Painting it: Wow! This was the ticket. I wasn't able to remove the padding due to the stuck zippers so I couldn't adequately wash it like I wanted to. I did however, prep as best as I could by wiping it down with a damp rag and using a stiff brush to remove as much of the dirt, bird shit, and salt residue as I could. I then covered up the interior of the Jeep and taped off a few ares like the velcro, sound-bar connector, etc. I used KRYLON FUSION SATIN BLACK. I used a very light sweeping motion and never needed to saturate the padding... just a couple very light coats. The badly faded top and zipper along with the rest of the padding came out GREAT. It doesn't feel painted. The fabric is still very soft and flexible due to the light coats. Only drawback with doing it this way is that it might make it hard to unzip if you need to remove the padding later, but the benefit I believe is that it seems as if the paint will help to extend the life of the padding ( protecting it from any further UV damage). Paint dried in a matter of minutes and feels very supple.

You only need to remove the sound-bar which is quick and easy... disconnect the harness ( pass side) and remove 6 screws ( 10mm). Also helps to have the front freedom panels off if you have a hardtop.

***As you can see in the pictures, the faded padding is shown on the drivers side and the restored padding is shown on the passenger side.

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I think that if you used SEM color-coat instead of the Krylon, you would not have to worry about it getting that hard or messing with the zippers. I have used both the Krylon and SEM stuff on interiors, and I don't think I will ever use the Krylon again unless I absolutely have too.

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I think that if you used SEM color-coat instead of the Krylon, you would not have to worry about it getting that hard or messing with the zippers. I have used both the Krylon and SEM stuff on interiors, and I don't think I will ever use the Krylon again unless I absolutely have too.

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Well.... it worked great for this application. Again... it's not hard and I really don't think it would mess with the zippers as long as it's not applied too heavy.

I've used the Fusion for a lot of other projects and it's always covered and held up well.

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Well.... it worked great for this application. Again... it's not hard and I really don't think it would mess with the zippers as long as it's not applied too heavy.

I've used the Fusion for a lot of other projects and it's always covered and held up well.
I am a firm believer in using what you are comfortable with; and as long as it works, that is all that really matters.
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That is a good idea Stu! I don't have padding any more but I have a TJ buddy with faded padding so I'm gonna see if he wants to try this.

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Did it cover up the seat stains too?

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That is a good idea Stu! I don't have padding any more but I have a TJ buddy with faded padding so I'm gonna see if he wants to try this.
It's been a week now and I couldn't be happier with the results. My buddy has a 2006 TJ with some fading and he picked up the DupliColor ( as recommended by jeeperjkjeeper) and we will be trying this out today or tomorrow for his, but I'm completely satisfied with the Fusion.

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Dude...

I was just talking to Marcus about this and thinking if I wanted to paint them or do roll cage padding cut to length. Looks good, wondering about smudges though.

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