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Old 10-11-2009, 10:12 PM   #1
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Painting a hardtop

I have a 95 YJ w/original white hardtop. It looks like crap, and I want to paint it black. Is there any special prep or anything that I should know about before I paint it? I'd be curious what type of paint to use too cause I honestly don't know what material it is. Any help is always appreciated.


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Old 10-11-2009, 10:28 PM   #2
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Clean it with wax and grease remover and lint free towels. You should probably do it a couple times. Paint with Krylon Fusion semi gloss. Cost should be under 50 bucks.

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Its fiberglass. I don't know how it would work on white but my black top was all oxidized and I buffed it with cleaner wax and it turned out pretty nice. You might want to try to buff it out first.

before.

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Its fiberglass. I don't know how it would work on white but my black top was all oxidized and I buffed it with cleaner wax and it turned out pretty nice. You might want to try to buff it out first.
You can buff a white hardtop to black?
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First are you looking to do a temporary paint job or one that is going to last?

If you are looking for a quick fix, here is what is suggest to do.

1) Tape off all glass

2) Take a wax & grease remover and whip it down.

3) Then take a 600 grit wet sand paper and sand down the top until there is no more shine in the clearcoat.

4) whip down with wax and grease remover a second time

5) get black (acrylic enamel paint) in spray bombs/cans. This is a one stage paint and does not need to be cleared. Spray the top and let dry.

6) Sand lightly with 1500 grit wet sand paper then do the same with 2000grit and then buff.

7) Wa La new top

If you need more information feel free to ask. This was just a half arse write up to help ya out.
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Ditto on all the cleaning. I used the Krylon spray on bedliner to do mine in black and it looks awesome when it is done. It is also more durable as it is coated in bedliner.
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Never thought bout bedliner, how long ago did you do it? Did you have to sand the top at all?
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Never thought bout bedliner, how long ago did you do it? Did you have to sand the top at all?
You don't have too. But I would recommend it only because sanding the top before painting only help adhere the paint to the surface your painting.
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wipe off the dust with a dry rag, paint it with SEM Landau black...then your done (tape up windows
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Would bedliner fade on the top?
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I did it before this last summer. I ran a real fine grit paper and then cleaned it really well. It did not fade at all over the summer and has been very durable. I really like how it looks too.
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I did it before this last summer. I ran a real fine grit paper and then cleaned it really well. It did not fade at all over the summer and has been very durable. I really like how it looks too.
What kind of bedliner did you use?
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Old 10-18-2009, 05:29 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the info! I'll post pics of the process when I get to it in the next few weeks.


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