SkippysPad wrote:A little update........
I stopped by the dealership to see if they had any thoughts about this issue. They offered up a tonneau cover from a trade in that was faded out worse than mine. I was able to try both the Kiwi and the spray paint methods.
The Kiwi method didn't impress me. It might do good on a jacket where you have lots of odd shapes etc., but on a large piece of fabric it was impossible to get even coverage. I was 3 coats in and could still see uneven lines and places that were lighter than others. I finished it off spraying it with several coats of "Scotch Guard" outdoor water shield. This is the stuff made for water proofing tents, awnings.....etc. The Scotch Guard evened out the lines some.....but they were still pretty obvious in direct sun.
Not happy with the way that turned out, I bought some Flat Black Rust-Oleum made for most any application from metal to nylon and plastic. I did as the previous video suggested and applied light coats until all the fading and lines were evened out. I then put a couple of coats of the same Scotch Guard on and let everything dry. This one came out looking like it did when it was new. It looked so good, that once the Kiwi one was dry, I did it the same way.
Mine wasn't quite as faded......but.....Before
Of course.....time will tell how well it stands up to the sun. My bike is in the garage unless it's on the road or sitting in the parking lot at work. So I was a little surprised at how quickly it faded. Apparently there is something new coming that will be more resistant to the UV damage of the current fabric.
As for the grommets. If you don't want them black as well, a little chap stick over just the top will allow you to clean the paint right off when you're done.
Mine is very faded as well, almost to silver. It looks okay on my FF GU, but I randomly think about dying it back to black. A long time ago, I dyed some white nylon wheels from an R/C truck from natural to black with Rit dye. I didn't leave them in long enough, so they ended up being a very dark purple. Over the time that I used them, only the places where they got nicked with gravel were there any problems.
I was even able to clean up the pot really well when done.
One of these days, I may try cooking up the cover in some dye.
Have a good one.