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Old 09-08-2013, 08:54 PM   #1
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Hardtop painting

I plan on painting my tan hardtop black tommorrow. I plan on scrubbing it down with purple power degreaser drying it, taping up glass, and then putting a layer of primer on it and then 2 layers of black spray paint. Now here is my question: whats the difference between enamel spray paint and regular spray paint and which one should i use on the hardtop? I found some spray paint at walmart today that is automotive semi gloss enamel spray paint i plan on using. And should i buy white or black primer? And should it be self etching primer or just regular old primer? Thanks!

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I plan on painting my tan hardtop black tommorrow. I plan on scrubbing it down with purple power degreaser drying it, taping up glass, and then putting a layer of primer on it and then 2 layers of black spray paint. Now here is my question: whats the difference between enamel spray paint and regular spray paint and which one should i use on the hardtop? I found some spray paint at walmart today that is automotive semi gloss enamel spray paint i plan on using. And should i buy white or black primer? And should it be self etching primer or just regular old primer? Thanks!
This is what I would do... Get a couple grey scotch brite pads and some comet cleanser and go to town scrubbing it down. Blow it dry, tape up the glass and just spray some semi gloss on it. No need for primer.

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Oh. I thought if you were doing a drastic color change from tan to black it would need primer? But im not positive
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Oh. I thought if you were doing a drastic color change from tan to black it would need primer? But im not positive
Nah, primer is gonna be light grey, and really only need it on bare metal. You'll be fine. Dont do it in the direct sun.
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Should i put a layer of clear coat over the base black coat?
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Should i put a layer of clear coat over the base black coat?
U want it shiny?
No need to with the spray bomb
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Related question: I have a black top and some of the paint scratched off, can I just spray paint some black on there?
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Related question: I have a black top and some of the paint scratched off, can I just spray paint some black on there?
Need to scuff it lightly so it will stick. You will have a bit of a dry edge but you can do it
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Need to scuff it lightly so it will stick. You will have a bit of a dry edge but you can do it
Cool thanks!
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Should i put a layer of clear coat over the base black coat?

I would use a matte clear.
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I would use a matte clear.
If you plan on using a good 2k matte clear then yeah its worth it but a spray bomb clear offers no UV protection and its film build is very little. Its a wasted step imo.
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Just finished painting my hardtop! Turned out great. Can i put it on in the morning to drive around in ?
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Just finished painting my hardtop! Turned out great. Can i put it on in the morning to drive around in ?
Yeah.
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:36 PM   #15
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cool rig. please post the after pic's.
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:38 PM   #16
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Thanks! And here are some pics from just now the hardtop is still drying so is still a little blotchy looking but the hard upper doors came out perfect. Ill post more pics after its on the jeep!
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like it! looks like the doors came out pretty good to!
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:33 AM   #18
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Looks good. My buddy and I used Rustoleum spray-on bed liner and valspar for the primer.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:10 PM   #19
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Pic with it on the jeep
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cool, good job man!
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:16 PM   #21
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looks good.. heres mine .. went from tan to graphite
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:50 PM   #22
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Thanks everyone. It is still a bit blotchy looking in some places and way to get the blotchiness to goaway?
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Thanks everyone. It is still a bit blotchy looking in some places and way to get the blotchiness to goaway?
Scuff it and re-shoot it is about it.

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