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Old 06-30-2010, 09:32 PM   #1
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Hard top question

Just wondering if anyone knows of a product that will bring out the color of my spice hard top? I guess the best way to explain what I am talking about is to say that its a bit dull when dry and when it gets wet it takes on a much richer color. It seemed like someone must make a product to do that all the time. I would be ok with having to reapply once a month etc but I don't want something that is going to just attract dust etc.

I know I could paint it and I may do that if I don't find a alternative.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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Old 06-30-2010, 09:48 PM   #2
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Check into some spray on clear coat products maybe.

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Old 06-30-2010, 09:51 PM   #3
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I was wondering the same thing with my hardtop. When its dry, it is sort of greyish or gunmetal color. When it's wet, it is a richer black. i was thinking they must make a wax or something to spray on it...Let me know if you find anything.
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Old 06-30-2010, 11:55 PM   #4
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303 Aerospace protectant. You can get it at boat shops, online, some auto detailing supply shops, etc. That stuff is amazing, and it doesn't leave a shiny, gooey looking finish like armorall, etc.... Good for all kinds of things. Even the aircraft you might have hanging out in the back 40...
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Old 07-01-2010, 01:30 AM   #5
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Ok i checked the stuff out look like it is worth a try, any ideas on how much i would need?
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Old 07-01-2010, 06:28 AM   #6
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I use Penetrol on mine! Here's a pic of when I did a spot to see what it would look like while in storage last summer before I put it on the Jeep for the Winter! It's sold at Lowe's.



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Old 07-01-2010, 10:17 AM   #7
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I have a 16oz. bottle, but no hard top, so I really don't know for sure, but I'd think that would be more than enough for several applications.

I did Penetrol on my flares before, but I wasn't really pleased with the way it wore or the fact that there were some mud splashes on them that stained and wouldn't come out no matter what! Penetrol works really well on painted surfaces, like bumpers. If you do your flares with it make sure you get it off the paint quickly or you'll battle it forever..... I still have streaks and it's been since Feb.... Acetone won't get it all off either...
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Old 07-01-2010, 05:05 PM   #8
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Think I will pick up some 303 Aerospace protectant, I will post before and after pics for those interested in the result once i get my hands on some.
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Sweet, can't wait to see how it works. Let me know how much it costs too
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:17 PM   #10
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Bring back the color of a dull faded Hard Top

Well to bring this back from the dead, with a update. 303 did not have the affect i was looking for, did not bring back any color what so ever.

However I have found something that works wonders and is cheap and easy to obtain....Turtle Wax Trim Restorer... one of the example pictures on the box is a TJ hard top, so i figured i would give it a try when i saw it in the store.

I couldn't be a happier with it, 8 bucks and it really brought back the color and shine of the hard top. Super easy to put on with the applicator, let it sit for 10-15 mins any wipe and excess off with a dry cloth, with a kinda buffing motion.

My hard top went from really light tan, back to a much darker brown. Close to what it looks like wet. Looks 100% better. One of the best things I have done to my jeep. Highly recommenced it to anyone with a dull or faded hardtop.

Before, not a great pic but you get the idea.


Edit: Slightly better before pic, and a cute dog so win win


After, still not great with setting sun but its the best I have

Best shot to show the restored color



The pics don't do it justice,
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I used the same stuff on my black hardtop and it works great!

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