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Old 10-22-2010, 04:34 PM   #1
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Faded rollbar pads

My once black rollbar pads are now a not-so-nice shade of purple, and after installing a new spiderweb shade, it is even mor apparent. I want to get them black again.

Has anyone used the duplicolor vinyl and fabric paint on them? How does it work on the fabric? Does it coat them with vinyl? Make them sticky?

How about a package of Rit dye? Anyone tried it, and how did it turn out? A package of dye and a 5 gallon bucket shouldn't be too hard.

Any advice is appreciated!

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Old 10-22-2010, 05:22 PM   #2
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As far as I know the Duplicolor is the way to go. It doesn't coat them with vinyl, it's dye that is formulated to work on vinyl.... Rit doesn't work so well, due to the composition of the fabric. If they were cotton, they would take Rit pretty well, but they aren't.

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Old 10-22-2010, 10:13 PM   #3
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Thanks...I have seen lots of mentions in various threads where people had used the duplicolor on them. I'm hoping someone chimes in with some pictures and/or insight as to how well the color holds up. According to posts on other forums, the duplicor is prone to fading. There is some significant work in removing the pads - dont want to have to do it very often!

The upshot to the duplicolor is the sound bar cover could be painted too.
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I'm watching this one Firemonkey... I need to dye or replace roll bar pads next spring/summer myself.
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Just ditch them. There pointless and looks better without them anyway.

You do need a big TORX to get them off the set belts though. T45 I think
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Old 10-23-2010, 12:22 AM   #6
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Just ditch them. There pointless and looks better without them anyway.

You do need a big TORX to get them off the set belts though. T45 I think

I considered that, but even if I removed them, it still leaves me with the sound bar cover to contend with. I cant really remove that, since there is wiring (and the channels that the wiring goes into) under the cover.


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I'm watching this one Firemonkey... I need to dye or replace roll bar pads next spring/summer myself.
Getting them back to black is apparently no problem. I googled "jeep rollbar pad dye" and have found people who have successfully used anything from Rit dye in a bucket, to plain old $.99/can black enamel spray paint on them. They all looked good. I am ditching the Rit Dye as an option, since it was the only thing that some people reported NOT working, or bleeding color after the fact. All paints, fabric or plain el-cheapo enamel, said it worked great, and the pics did look brand new again.

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