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Old 08-30-2012, 12:51 PM   #1
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Unhappy roll bar padding?

hey so on my tj the padding is all faded and it looks horrible and im considering just taking it off? is this a bad idea im running only a soft top will this make it flap more and not fit as well? any input is appreciated! thanks everyone!

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if you have a bow frame that holds soft top up then I would guess it would be ok to remove them, if you have a bowless top then I wouldn't remove them.
Have you considered painting padding with rabric paint ( can get it in a spray can) I did my old tan half door tops in black and they came up really good, they flaked a bit after about 6 months out in the weather but they are different fabric to the padding which is more open weave and would absorb the paint better.

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Take a look at the way the softop fits. The factory top does not touch the padding therefore it is not going to make a difference.
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hey so on my tj the padding is all faded and it looks horrible and im considering just taking it off? is this a bad idea im running only a soft top will this make it flap more and not fit as well? any input is appreciated! thanks everyone!
Its a bad idea if you could crack your head on the unpadded bar, IMO
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:20 PM   #6
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If they aren't ripped, why not just pull them off and repaint them. That's what I did. Automotive parts stores sells vinyl dye in spray cans. I think I used 4 cans on mine, but they look brand new again.
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Take them off and wash the dirt out. Then after they have dried, dye them black again with black vinyl upholstery dye which can be found in any auto parts store.
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Take them off and wash the dirt out. Then after they have dried, dye them black again with black vinyl upholstery dye which can be found in any auto parts store.
The zipper on them is old and briddle I dint think ill be able to get them back on if I take them off
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The zipper on them is old and briddle I dint think ill be able to get them back on if I take them off
I used WD-40 on mine and worked them back and forth a little and they came right off. I've also heard of people using a pencil and rubbing it on the teeth of the zipper, which should help because the pencil lead is made of graphite.
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Another trick for lubricating ccorroded and tough zippers is bar soap, divers used to use it all the time on wetsuit zippers.
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The best quick-fix I've used on a zipper is chapstick... but that pencil thing sounds like a much cleaner alternative.
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The sell powder graphite in a tube. Look for it in the lock (door lock) section at a hardware store.
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Rub a birthday candle on the zipper. I unfaded my pads and sound bar with a light coat of black Krylon Fusion spray paint...worked great and has not refaded yet.
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Rub a birthday candle on the zipper. I unfaded my pads and sound bar with a light coat of black Krylon Fusion spray paint...worked great and has not refaded yet.
Alright thanks guys ill try them all
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Having used Fusion spray paint, I would not use it (because it is a paint, not a dye) for the rollbar covers. The most appropriate product will be a dye made for vinyl as suggested above.

For lubricating the zippers, use a dry lube because a "wet" lube will just attract and hang onto dirt and grime. Wax and dry carbon lubes are good but I prefer wax like from a candle. Carbon/graphite, which is superb for tumbler lock mechanisms, gets dirty to handle when applied to a window zipper.

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