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Old 03-30-2013, 02:45 PM   #1
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and the crack is no more

now to prime and paint
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:46 PM   #2
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:48 PM   #3
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I must admit I was a little skeptical about it but the top was a steal at 250.00.... I think I will paint it black ... im up in the air about the color still
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:07 PM   #4
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Very nice job. That's what I like about fiberglass, if it's broke it can be fixed.
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:13 PM   #5
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Nice job and yep I'd go black unless your TJ is green where a dark tan color looks cool.
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Old 03-31-2013, 03:46 PM   #6
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Crack? That's an understatement. Nice work.
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Old 03-31-2013, 05:38 PM   #7
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Old 03-31-2013, 05:44 PM   #8
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Nice work and nice find at $250.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:05 PM   #9
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Very nice work
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:11 PM   #10
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Nice Job!! Wish I had the skill to pick up a HT for $250 and make worth $750-$1200. (New paint job it will be "mint")
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Old 03-31-2013, 07:05 PM   #11
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Looks good but Id be a little worried IF you were doing some hard core wheeling it would open up again
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:08 PM   #12
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What was your repair method?
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:27 PM   #13
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Very nice job. That's what I like about fiberglass, if it's broke it can be fixed.
That is very true. Unfortunately the Jeep hard tops are not fiberglass and do not respond very well to methods and materials conventionally used on fiberglass.

If you want to repair the Jeep Top, you have to use the processes and materials compatible with SMC or sheet molded compounds. Last I checked and it may have changed but only recently, none of the polyester based resins work on SMC and you have to go with the epoxies specifically formulated to work on that material.

A lot of folks think Corvettes are fiberglass and at least as far back as 76 they are also SMC.
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That is very true. Unfortunately the Jeep hard tops are not fiberglass and do not respond very well to methods and materials conventionally used on fiberglass.

If you want to repair the Jeep Top, you have to use the processes and materials compatible with SMC or sheet molded compounds. Last I checked and it may have changed but only recently, none of the polyester based resins work on SMC and you have to go with the epoxies specifically formulated to work on that material.

A lot of folks think Corvettes are fiberglass and at least as far back as 76 they are also SMC.
This is why i asked about the repair. You are correct. Jeep tops are SMC along with vettes. Trying to repair a smc panel with conventional fiberglass is bad juju, it will fail. The best smc repair product is fusor t-21 bar none. I have used tons of that stuff.
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This is why i asked about the repair. You are correct. Jeep tops are SMC along with vettes. Trying to repair a smc panel with conventional fiberglass is bad juju, it will fail. The best smc repair product is fusor t-21 bar none. I have used tons of that stuff.
Yep, this same discussion happened on another board and the owner insisted that it was and would be fine. A bit later he fessed up and said that it did fail.

Thanks for the info on the Fusor T-21. I have a top with a crack from the PO in the same area around the hinge that I need to repair and I now know what I will be using.
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Fusor makes some great stuff. Its a little pricey but well worth it.
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Yep, this same discussion happened on another board and the owner insisted that it was and would be fine. A bit later he fessed up and said that it did fail.

Thanks for the info on the Fusor T-21. I have a top with a crack from the PO in the same area around the hinge that I need to repair and I now know what I will be using.
Couple tips, put it in the microwave for 30-45 seconds before you attempt to use it, and be sure to hit it with a heat gun so it kicks otherwise it will take 24hrs before you can work it.
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Fusor makes some great stuff. Its a little pricey but well worth it.
Price is irrelevant if you ask me, if it fixes it correctly the first time it was worth it. Alot cheaper than fixing it numerous times
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:29 PM   #19
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use short strand fiberglass... the good thing was the crack was more of a chunk and not all the way thru mostly superficial... in fact I rode around for 2 months and it never leaked / think it looks bigger in the pic than it really is... my last jeep top got hit by a bull dozer and I fixed it with the same stuff.. lasted for 7 years .. I decided to paint it a granite gray ... when the top comes off for the spring im going to finish painting it

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