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Old 08-22-2010, 01:07 PM   #1
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Repairing the chips on a hardtop

Before i get flamed i tried to search the forum for this but i couldnt find anything and the reason for post this here is because i think any jeep cj yj tj or jk could use this information. Anyways, my hard top has a few chips in it and has a chunk missing on the bottom edge (friend drop it when it was a inch away from the ground). So i was wondering how i would go about filling in the chips and fixing the area where the chunk was taken out.

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Old 08-22-2010, 03:22 PM   #2
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Bump anyone at all? Come on someone had to of spruced of there hardtop once or twice.

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Old 08-22-2010, 11:04 PM   #3
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you know what, mines been beaten up, dropped, flipped, scratched ~ thought about fixing it ~ then I put the money towards oil changes and new tires.
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Old 08-22-2010, 11:12 PM   #4
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I scratched one of my freedom panels pretty bad, and wondered how to fix it too.
I ended up putting them in the bag and buying a soft-top - problem solved!
Though the big scratch still does bug me.
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:15 AM   #5
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You have a couple of options:

1) The dealerships carry the touch up sticks for the new freedom panel roofs. I think they run about $16-$20

2) You can get a can of rhino spray. Spray it onto a sponge brush and then transfer it onto your chips. The match is pretty good but it can be tough to work with.

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Old 08-08-2011, 01:16 PM   #6
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They sell fiberglass fill kits at Autozone. Im sure you can sand it a bit, fill it in with the goop, let it harden and then smooth it out and paint. Simplest I can think of.
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:19 PM   #7
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Take a rotary rasp to the crack/scratch, then fill with bondo, and sand
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:55 PM   #8
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Wouldn't glazing/spot putty work also?
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:47 PM   #9
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For the small chips polyester glazing putty will work just fine. Take a pick and scratch the chipped up area then squeeze some catalyzed glazing putty in with a single edged razor blade. Let it harden and take some 150 grit and sand it smooth. For the large chunk missing it is quite a more elaborate process. Sand the area so no more loose strands are showing then sand the top several inches beyond the damage down to the substrate with 80 grit. Best product for this is Fusor T-21. Put some tape on the back side of the repair for a backing. Mix up some T-21 and spread some in the repair area then put some reinforcing matt in then spread more T-21 over the top. Let it harden sand and repeat until your repair is smooth. Prime, sand then paint. Jeep tops are NOT fiberglass, they are SMC. Fiberglass and SMC arent compatible.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:07 PM   #10

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Mine is a fiberglass top so it just make sense to fill in the dings before painting with fiberglass. $10 repair kit at wally world was the ticket. Simple to do small repairs and fill in. Some body fillers and scratch putties are also fiberglass so have at it.

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