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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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Old 10-22-2010, 10:22 PM   #4
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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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Old 10-22-2010, 10:24 PM   #5
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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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Old 09-21-2015, 09:49 AM   #7
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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!

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Very good write up XtremeSteve. Thanks for taking the time to document the process.
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Nice write up but I'm not clear on the purpose of the rock. Just to hold the stuff down I guess?
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Nice write up but I'm not clear on the purpose of the rock. Just to hold the stuff down I guess?
Yes, the rock keeps the covers under the dye solution, if you don't have the rock, then they will float up. I am sure it would be fine without it, but do you really think you can do any sort of Jeep project without a rock? ;-)

I guess I was trying to make sure it was consistent and I didn't get splotchy results.
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Yes, the rock keeps the covers under the dye solution, if you don't have the rock, then they will float up. I am sure it would be fine without it, but do you really think you can do any sort of Jeep project without a rock? ;-) I guess I was trying to make sure it was consistent and I didn't get splotchy results.
"...Jeep project without a rock?"
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Old 09-22-2015, 11:17 AM   #12
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Going to have to try this, my rollbar pads are faded as well.
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Old 09-22-2015, 12:05 PM   #13
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Going to have to try this, my rollbar pads are faded as well.
Good Luck!

Also, some tips I used for getting the pads off. (OK, no Greek jokes now and yes, I am 1/2 Greek). Spray Windex on the zippers of the faded pads and the zippers should unzip a lot easier...

To put them back on, wet them a bit so that the zippers and the fabric around them stretch a little easier.

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