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Old 07-18-2010, 10:24 PM
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Any Problems With The Plastic Fading??

I live in Florida and just bought my 07 Sahara a month ago... I've been leaving the top off quite a bit and was wondering if anyone has had any problems with the dashboard or anything else fading from the sun????

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Old 07-18-2010, 10:59 PM   #2
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I wouldn't really worry about it, but if you must, pick up some 303 Aerospace protectant. It has UV inhibitors and you will find a million uses for it, besides the dash. It isn't sticky and gooey like armorall, and will make things look very nice inside and out.

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My top has been off in the blazing sun all summer. Now of my plastic has faded. It's a much different story with my Rugged Ridge seat protectors.
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My top has been off in the blazing sun all summer. Now of my plastic has faded. It's a much different story with my Rugged Ridge seat protectors.
I assume you meant NONE of your plastic has faded.... (a girl wouldn't have made an error like that.... )
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I'm just curious...
Why don't folks just flip the top up when it's parked to protect the interior from the damaging rays of the sun? You don't have to buckle the whole thing down, just flop it up and hit the front latches. Takes - what? - a minute or two to protect your rather large Jeep investment?

Sun rots EVERYTHING, so why not do what you can to protect it?
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I assume you meant NONE of your plastic has faded.... (a girl wouldn't have made an error like that.... )
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I'm just curious...
Why don't folks just flip the top up when it's parked to protect the interior from the damaging rays of the sun? You don't have to buckle the whole thing down, just flop it up and hit the front latches. Takes - what? - a minute or two to protect your rather large Jeep investment?

Sun rots EVERYTHING, so why not do what you can to protect it?
Uh, because we're guys.
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Detail & Restoration

I've researched this subject for hours upon hours. And, stand by the following advice...

For the soft-top, use Meguiar's "Plastex" to clean the windows:
Meguiar's® Plastx® Plastic Cleaner & Polish (G12310) - Windshield Chemicals - Ace Hardware

Clean the windows first with Pledge "All Surface" cleaner before beginning.

Polish windows with Plastex, then finish the windows off with Meguair's "Mirror Glaze" clear plastic detailer.

For over all protection, like Armour-All but *way* better , use 303 Protectant to spray down plastic surfaces, rubber, and anything else that has long term UV exposure.

Both of these products can be be found at your local Marine Supply store. If you're land-locked, these products can be found online.
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Has anyone ever used Turtle wax Ice on your interior pieces?? It is a polish for the exterior, but does not leave the white residue on the plastic pieces on the outside. I thought using it on the dash and other interior pieces would be a good idea--anyone done this??
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Has anyone ever used Turtle wax Ice on your interior pieces?? It is a polish for the exterior, but does not leave the white residue on the plastic pieces on the outside. I thought using it on the dash and other interior pieces would be a good idea--anyone done this??
DO NOT use that on your plastics, its made for painted surface and you risk turning your black plastics white!
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I've read several post from people reporting that the cloth or whatever it is that surrounds the roll cage and speaker bar fades out, making it look almost purple on the black cloth. This was with older Jeeps like the TJs.
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DO NOT use that on your plastics, its made for painted surface and you risk turning your black plastics white!
That is not correct. Turtle Wax Ice is perfectly safe for plastic. It works wonders on the plastic flares and bumpers. It's also great for your interior. Turtle Wax - ICE Liquid Polish
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That is not correct. Turtle Wax Ice is perfectly safe for plastic. It works wonders on the plastic flares and bumpers. It's also great for your interior. Turtle Wax - ICE Liquid Polish
I thought that it would be good, but thought I would ask here first.

As for tampamike10r

you obviously have never used this stuff--it is great on the exterior and I cannot wait to put it on the inside. You should give it a try--it does work wonders on the flares and bumpers.
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anyone got any tips for getting dirt out of the plastic? After wheeling I washed it about a week later. Its somewhat clean but the bumpers and flares look like doo doo.
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I've read several post from people reporting that the cloth or whatever it is that surrounds the roll cage and speaker bar fades out, making it look almost purple on the black cloth. This was with older Jeeps like the TJs.
Yes it does, but it is fabric, not plastic, so you really don't want to put anything like the products mentioned here on them.
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I've read several post from people reporting that the cloth or whatever it is that surrounds the roll cage and speaker bar fades out, making it look almost purple on the black cloth. This was with older Jeeps like the TJs.
You might be able to use a black fabric paint to bring those back. They could be kinda expensive to replace.
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I've read that duplicolor fabric dye (spray) is the thing to use. Someday, when I get brave enough to take off the seat belt thingies, I'll give it a go, and report back....
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The manufacturer says, No petroleum or wax based cleaners or polishers on the plastic surfaces.

Just throwing that out there...

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