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Old 07-15-2015, 09:55 PM
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Body Armor 4x4 Tube Door sun-faded fabric

I've been enjoying the tube doors on my 2015 wrangler for a few months but noticed the black fabric is starting to fade to a reddish purple hue due to the TX sun.

Any recommendations on restoring the original color?

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Old 07-15-2015, 11:21 PM   #2
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Maybe fabric paint?
I have the same doors so I'll be following this thread. Lol

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Old 07-16-2015, 08:48 AM
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I may be trying out some of this soon:

Dupli-Color HVP106 Flat Black High Performance Vinyl and Fabric Spray - 11 oz.

Amazon.com: Dupli-Color HVP106 Flat Black High Performance Vinyl and Fabric Spray - 11 oz.: Automotive

Has anyone used it?
Does it leave a residue or strong smell?
How long does it last?

When/if I use it, I'll follow-up with the answers to the questions above!
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Old 07-16-2015, 09:16 AM   #4
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Also wondering about this. After spending that much on the GEN III doors, I was a little surprised at how quickly the fabric started fading. Purple doors were not what I had in mind when I bought these. Hopefully, there is a good solution out there.
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Wow - Mine are on order now so I'm very curious as well.
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Old 07-16-2015, 02:52 PM   #6
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The fabric panel comes out correct?

Lots of stores carry this stuff too, but make sure it's the right dye. Get a 2-4 bottles of this Rit, you need this specific one because the straps are nylon and regular Rit dye won't work - DyeMore Liquid - Graphite: The Rit Studio

Here's a how-to on dyeing stuff with this product. https://www.ritstudio.com/techniques...asics/dyemore/

Go heavy on the dye, I prefer using more dye than called for. I also would hang my webbing up and let it dry until it's just damp, I don't wash it out first or anything else. When it's damp, then wash it out until the water runs clear. I let it dry in the sun, it'll see enough sunlight anyhow. Wait until it's dry to put it back on the door though.

Yes, this is more work, but it's the right way to do it because fabric paint will destroy nylon webbing over time. The only other cheat I have is edge dressing, and it would take a lot to do all this webbing. If you just have something small to touch up, edge dressing works well.
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I took a closer look at the doors, not sure the panels come off. If they don't, you may have to resort to getting a few bottles of edge dressing and a spray bottle and just spray them. Edge dressing will last about a year on most fabrics.
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The panels do come off easily with velcro. Thanks for the tip Lusus.
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Here is the result of the Vinyl Fabric Spray. They look brand new again. Just got to be careful masking out the Body Armor patches.
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That looks much better! I'll definitely have to try this. I love the look of these doors, even more than going without any doors. But mine had faded so bad I just quit using them the past few months. With cooler weather coming on I'll have plenty of time to do this. How many cans did you use? Did it take multiple coats? Thanks for any info you can pass along.
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Yes, this is more work, but it's the right way to do it because fabric paint will destroy nylon webbing over time.
That may be true but the paint won't fade like a dye will.

I have used that Duplicolor extensively on my previous car, worked great.
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2-3 coats per panel. It still looked a little purple after spraying when it was wet but turned solid black after drying a few hours.

Slight smell and black residue while drying as well but both when away after it was dry.
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In total, I probably used 1/10 or 1/8 of the can.
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I only have one panel that has faded. I have tried to buy a replacement set from Body Armor for the last two months and no one returns my emails. They have been horrible to deal with. At first they were going to warranty them and never sent them and then I offered to buy them and no one will get back to me. I really dont want to paint them but if I have to I will .

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