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tmoca 06-17-2013 05:42 AM

UV Interior Fabric Protection??
 
Okay, so all of my past Jeeps had their black seats roll cage padding, etc all turn a "lighter shade of black"...almost a dark grey. With the new Rubi sitting in the sun today, I wondered if there is anything that I can put (spray maybe) on the interior and padding to prolong the color and slow the fading.

Has anyone ever had any positive results with such a thing...

Maybe like this?
Chemical Guys SPI_210_16 - Fabric Guard Interior Protector Shield (16 oz)

Or anything else for that matter?

Would love to slow this fading down, but don't want to damage the fabric or cause any other issues either.

Thanks!
-C

Beastmaster 06-17-2013 11:22 AM

I'd be interested in this too. I don't want to spend $500 on a set of high quality seat covers to have them turn ugly.

I'm sure that even the best product will only slow the process but I'd like to do what I can.

DetailGuy 06-17-2013 11:37 AM

Any fabric coating will help but when it comes to fabric it will eventually turn a lighter shade over the years. Of course when preventative maintenance is used it delays the process by a large measure. As far as which product I use the most I always use Aerospace 303 Fabric Guard for any cloth or fabric that needs protection as well as bolster its UV resistance.

TOK 06-17-2013 11:39 AM

Skeptical about this, but curious enough to follow the comments. :thumb:

I just bought seat covers (which I hate, in general) because my Jeep sometimes sits in the sun all day on the weekend. Is replacement padding for the rollbar expensive? That might be something I'd just replace when it gets nasty, or remove altogether since the bars appear to be painted body color under there.

Could even be re-dyed black, maybe?

JeepHerz 06-17-2013 11:42 AM

303 didn't do anything for my Smitty covers. They still faded in a few months and I was diligent about spraying. 'Course there is only so much you can do for cheap crap. The next ones are Trek- they warrant for 3 years against fading.

JeepHerz 06-17-2013 11:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TOK (Post 3869272)
Skeptical about this, but curious enough to follow the comments. :thumb:

I just bought seat covers (which I hate, in general) because my Jeep sometimes sits in the sun all day on the weekend. Is replacement padding for the rollbar expensive? That might be something I'd just replace when it gets nasty, or remove altogether since the bars appear to be painted body color under there.

Could even be re-dyed black, maybe?

Painting under the roll bars depends on the model (or the guy in the spray line). I took all mine off but wouldn't recommend. Half the foam padding ripped; and with the soundbar wires and change in diameter of the bars it doesn't look all that great. Put all mine back on.
There are several companies that make replacement fabric & padding. $150-$400.

TOK 06-17-2013 02:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JeepHerz (Post 3869291)
Painting under the roll bars depends on the model (or the guy in the spray line). I took all mine off but wouldn't recommend. Half the foam padding ripped; and with the soundbar wires and change in diameter of the bars it doesn't look all that great. Put all mine back on.
There are several companies that make replacement fabric & padding. $150-$400.

Thanks for heads-up. I could just see mine was body colored under the padding, I didn't remove any of it.

JeepHerz 06-17-2013 02:42 PM

No rhyme or reason or maybe its just Sports that aren't fully painted. Its the curved section at the back end that won't be painted if its not. Yah, that must save Chrysler $1 in paint & labor. Totally explains why my Sport was cheaper.

:banghead:

DetailGuy 06-17-2013 04:22 PM

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Originally Posted by JeepHerz (Post 3869279)
303 didn't do anything for my Smitty covers. They still faded in a few months and I was diligent about spraying. 'Course there is only so much you can do for cheap crap. The next ones are Trek- they warrant for 3 years against fading.

May I ask how you maintained and cleaned them?

Also, I mentioned 303 since I am a professional detailer (hence the name :thumb:) and that is what ive used on Jeeps in the past with good success.

JandS 06-17-2013 05:13 PM

UV protection can help, and chemical guys makes damn good stuff, but at the end of the day, unless you're putting it on weekly, the seats are gonna fade.

Fortunately, there is a huge market for aftermarket seat covers for the Wrangler. You can get high-end leather with heaters, piping, and perforations, you can get factory grade leather, you can get good cloth, you can get neoprene, you can even get cheap fabrics for ~$100 for all the seats. I really think the best option is to simply find the best covers for your Jeep and your budget and protect the factory skins that way.

JeepHerz 06-17-2013 05:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DetailGuy (Post 3870156)
May I ask how you maintained and cleaned them?

Also, I mentioned 303 since I am a professional detailer (hence the name :thumb:) and that is what ive used on Jeeps in the past with good success.

303 & vacuum. Monthly on the 303 and sprayed on before installed. There are sections that are fine; and others that faded within a month or so. Willing to bet it was a supplier issue.

tmoca 06-19-2013 06:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DetailGuy (Post 3869267)
Any fabric coating will help but when it comes to fabric it will eventually turn a lighter shade over the years. Of course when preventative maintenance is used it delays the process by a large measure. As far as which product I use the most I always use Aerospace 303 Fabric Guard for any cloth or fabric that needs protection as well as bolster its UV resistance.

Thanks for the reply!

So you use the Fabric Guard and not Can 303 Aerospace Protectant??

I notice the Can 303 Aerospace Protectant is specifically for UV protection, but doesn't really sound like you would use in on your upholstery....while the Fabric Guard doesn't look like it says anything about UV.

Beastmaster 06-19-2013 09:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tmoca (Post 3876655)
Thanks for the reply!

So you use the Fabric Guard and not Can 303 Aerospace Protectant??

I notice the Can 303 Aerospace Protectant is specifically for UV protection, but doesn't really sound like you would use in on your upholstery....while the Fabric Guard doesn't look like it says anything about UV.

Good point, I checked the 303 web site and it says nothing about UV protection with their fabric guard so I'm gonna look elsewhere.

I think I'll check some boat places in town, they should have something.

tmoca 06-21-2013 07:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Beastmaster (Post 3877152)
Good point, I checked the 303 web site and it says nothing about UV protection with their fabric guard so I'm gonna look elsewhere.

I think I'll check some boat places in town, they should have something.

I emailed them asking about the product and UV protection and here is their reply..


"Thank you for contacting Gold Eagle Co. 303 Aerospace Protectant can only be used in vinyl, plastic, rubber, etc. It is not intended for fabric or textiles.

303 High Tech Fabric Guard, while specially formulated for water repellency and soil resistance, will provide some UV protection. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments."

So I am thinking that this product might not be the best for UV protection. I am now considering a pair of seat covers, while still searching for a UV protectant.


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