I have a black Bronco, and the black fiberglass shell has faded, of
course. The thing is, a regular polish won't work because the surface
isn't smooth. It's rough. I tried Meguiar's dash and trim foam on a
small place, and it's not going to work. I'll be damned if I'm going
to spray the whole shell, and have it turn purple or something.
The black paint is still very good, as it's always been garaged,
waxed, etc. It would really look even better if the shell wasn't
Anyone know of something that would work on it?
That's common. The only real long term fix is a repaint of the top in a newer
type paint. Be prepared to spend around $1K for prep plus a few Hundred for
That rough surface is a beggar to get ready for paint. If you get quotes for
half that, you will be disappointed in about 2 years. Been There, Done That,
Hating the Decision To Go Cheap.
I have heard that 303 Protectant will give the raw fiberglass a good
sheen. From the pics I have seen from others over at ford-trucks.com
I am going to pick some up and give it a try. What would give you the
best gloss though would be to take it off and have it painted. Folks
have gotten very good results with just rattle can rust-o-leum. It
want to see if I can get what I want from the 303 before I go all out
with the paint.
I found it at Murrays for about $8 for 16oz spray bottle. It
definitely improved the look of the shell, but it is more of a before
versus after effect. I need to give it a second going over because I
was racing the rain clouds Friday when I first used it. The shell
went from faded and oxidized looking (not /really/ oxidized but it had
the same ashy effect) to darker green with a satin sheen.
I really like the 303; I probably went a little crazy with it but it
did wonders to all the surfaces I used it on. Think of the 303 as
keeping all the promises that Armor All and Son-of-a-Gun make and
more :). It brought back the original look of the dash, steering
wheel, side-view mirror shells, rubber window seals, spare tire cover
and black plastic topper on the rear step bumper. I also sprayed it
on the tires and they got a nice even flat black.
Bottom line as far as the fiberglass top is that if you want a darker
hue with a satin sheen then 303 will work. If you want to pick your
color and get a good gloss then you need to look into getting it
painted instead. I still might paint it if but at least this monkey
is off my back for now. From what others have said painting the shell
is much simpler than painting car sheet metal - rustoleum from brush,
roller or rattle can should do.
I wonder what your shell will look like in a few months of rain and
sun. I'm concerned about it fading to a funny color/sheen or
No way I'm going to spray paint the thing.
I'll definitely look at the 303, though.
Thanks for the input,
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