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Old 08-19-2014, 03:46 AM   #1
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Hardtop color fading!

Bought a used hardtop about 2 years ago and the black is fading and starting to look black. Should I just spray paint it? Anyone done that before? Or is there a special thing for hardtops?

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Old 08-19-2014, 05:26 AM   #2
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Penetrol brought back the shine to my faded hardtop years ago and still looks good, you can buy at yor local Lowe's or hardware store.



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Old 08-19-2014, 04:59 PM   #3
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I actually did a repaint of mine using Krylon Fusion. Just make sure to clean the surface well and tape off...so far its been holding for 2 seasons...
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:22 PM   #4
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I also did the penetrol wipe it on wipe it off thing and it worked for me.
Contrary to what others have claimed about too much this or not enough that , BTDT is a waste of time...... it works for me.

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Old 08-19-2014, 05:28 PM   #5
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You need to regularly protect the top with wax or 303. Unless the paint is complete oxidized or rubbed through you shouldn't need to pain to it. Penetrol or Back to Black should do the trick together with regular protection.
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Old 08-19-2014, 10:55 PM   #6
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I had tried car wax on my black top, and where it was in the crevices it looked white. Also did nothing for bringing back any shine. My top is still really black, very good condition but not like new. So, I scrubbed it down with detergent and did the Penetrol and now it looks basically new. Also did my bulbous bumper ends (jugs), bumperettes, mirrors, license plate bracket, brake light, gas cap bezel, and fog lights. All turned out great.
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Old 08-20-2014, 12:10 AM   #7
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Penetrol worked great for me. Its cheap, easy to apply and made for fiberglass restoration.
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Old 08-20-2014, 08:13 PM   #8
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I went to the Home Depot today to get some and they said that California banned that product or something like that, and he told me to get floetrol and said it's the same but it doesn't work I just put some on my hardtop.
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Old 08-21-2014, 11:51 PM   #9
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Mothers back-to-black

The guy I bought my Jeep from told me he always used Mothers Back-to-black bumper and trim care. I just used it the other day and it made my top look like new! I had to pit a few layers on and it took a while but I think that was because I waited a little too long.
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Old 08-24-2014, 04:18 AM   #10
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Thanks for the info guys I was just about to paint my hard top till I seen this.
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:20 AM   #11
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What can I use on my tan/spice colored top?
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:26 AM   #12
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I went to the Home Depot today to get some and they said that California banned that product or something like that, and he told me to get floetrol and said it's the same but it doesn't work I just put some on my hardtop.

Floetrol is not the same as Penetrol. Do not put it on your roof. Try and get Penetrol, or 303 if you can't get Penetrol.
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What can I use on my tan/spice colored top?
Back-to-black says that the surface does not have to be flat black in order for it to work, it basically removes any discoloration.
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Alright I just Bought the penetrol but how do I get it off won't it hurt the paint when I spray it off?
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Alright I just Bought the penetrol but how do I get it off won't it hurt the paint when I spray it off?
You just wipe the Penetrol on the top and leave it, it will dry. You should try not to get it on anything else though. It can even be tough to get off of the windows
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Is there any prep work needed or just add it on with a terry cloth and whip it off?
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Is there any prep work needed or just add it on with a terry cloth and whip it off?
Just make sure it's clean. I just poured Penetrol on my rag and the wiped it on. It dries after a few minutes
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Old 08-25-2014, 12:51 AM   #18
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Yep I washed it the day before and I just seen this trick on the way to work tonight. I just finished the sides turned out great but the top not so much where it's more oxidized and rougher but still much better
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I didn't clean or wash anything except for a small test patch on my hardtop, just a dry rag wipe down. But I did do 4 coatings and to me it looks brand new....... well 100% better anyways.
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