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post #1 of 6 Old 09-23-2021, 04:58 AM Thread Starter
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First Wrangler…how to keep plastic black??

My wife and I recently placed an order for a 2021 Hydro Blue Pearlcoat JLU. This is our first Wrangler and I’m curious what the best products are for maintaining the black plastic (eg- the roof and fenders).

I am super anal when it comes to car care and I can’t stand seeing a Wrangler with faded fenders and a faded roof. I imagine it’s best to care for that stuff out of the gate rather than use some restorer product after it’s already happens.

I’ve used 303 Aerospace on my boat for years with great success. Does it work on the black plastic on the JLs?

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-23-2021, 06:24 AM
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I’m thinking the 303 aerospace will work good on the plastic fenders.

It sounds like you have a hardtop. If that is the case it is Fiberglas, not plastic. It has black paint, and it should not require special care like the plastic parts.

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I am a huge fan of Autoglym products and use Vinyl and Rubber on my fenders but haven't tried 303 Aerospace.
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-26-2021, 11:45 AM
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They make these hard tops from SMC.

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Ok, Wrangler Hardtops are designed from SMC (Sheet Molding Compound). Sheet Molding Compound is made up of a compressed fiberglass-base. SMC is another form of fiberglass basically. The point being is the hardtop is not plastic like the fender flares. The SMC (fiberglass) hardtop is painted. Paint preservation has a different requirement compared to plastic preservation.

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I have used a product called "Back to Black" for years on my cars that have black plastic. My 2012 JKR 's black fenders were more difficult to keep close to the original color, but my 2019 JLUR black fenders are much easier. Maybe they tweaked the material composition. You can get this product at any automotive store such as Advance Auto, etc.

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