Good Morning Guys and Gals! I know this is an old thread, but I'm gonna chime in with what I did this weekend on my rollbar covers. I bought my 99 Jeep about 2 weeks ago and rollbar covers were really faded. I also changed out my speakers, so it made sense to do everything at once.
I attached pictures, so you can see what I did, but I went to Joann Fabrics and bought Poly Dye for $4.00 a packet. It is called iDye Poly with Color Intensifier and I found just black. The packaging said each pack will do 2-3 lbs. When all was said and done, I used 3 packets total. I also bought a cheapo $9 stock pot from Wal-Mart that holds 12qts. The stock pot is what was holding me back from doing more. I put all of this together with some time (over 3 hours of boiling alone) and you can see the results were very good and way cheaper than replacing the rollbar covers. My total approximate cost at the end of this was $24.
Here was my process:
1) Make sure the covers are wet, leave them in the sink
2) Bring pot of water alone to a boil (leave room for pads to not overflow)
3) Tie a rock to a long piece of paracord (see attached pic) and place in the pot to boil. If the rock isn't brought to boil with the water, it will cool down the water when you place it in for the first time.
4) Add the dye pouch (whole pouch is dissolvable) and the color intensifier (tear and pour in)
5) Make sure all the dye is dissolved
6) Add in roll bar covers (my process was as follows - back left and right plus front left and right for first batch, 2nd batch was soundbar cover without rock - was concerned the poly bottom might burn, final batch was the main loop cover)
7) place rock into the water and tie the paracord to a cabinet knob or something to make it easy to grab
8) check every 7-8 minutes and stir (with a utensil that will get ruined)
9) After an hour of boiling/dying, hang the covers outside to dry (I used a saw horse on the dirt)
10) when all the parts are done and dry, rinse them in the sink with cold water to get the excess dye off
11) Drain and put covers in the washing machine on a delicate cycle with cold water and detergent or a laundry pod (we use tide pods)
12) Pull out of washer, let dry and install on your jeep
13) For safe measure, our washer has a clean tub cycle, we ran that after. You might want to run a super hot long load on your washer with bleach just in case any of the dye settled on your machine
In the event you're wondering, I used 1 dye packet each time for each batch. I did not reuse the dye solution, I disposed of it and started from scratch for each new batch of rollbar covers.
NOTE: If you do this on your stove inside, be prepared for some rough fumes... ALSO! NOTE! Cover your counter near the stove with something in the even of dye solution splatter. We got a little on our tile counters and left a slight coloring. If you do it outside, you probably won't have to worry as much.
I hope this was helpful!
99 Wrangler Sport 4.0L