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Old 05-02-2009, 09:18 PM   #1
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Hard top paint???

Ok, I was wanting to know if anybody has a web site for factory color paint to repaint my hardtop. The color is the tan/spice color on a 1995 YJ. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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Old 05-02-2009, 09:35 PM   #2
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paintscratch.com is a good site for factory color match paint. i don't know if they have the paint for the hard top, but it is worth a look.

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Old 05-02-2009, 10:09 PM   #3
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how about tan camo paint?
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:51 PM   #4
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Thanks

Thanks, I'll give the site a good look and I never really thought of camo, pretty close I imagine, I'll stop at the army surpluson the way home and see what they got as well. Again, thanks to the both of you, much appreciated!
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Someone painted my Jeep's tan hard top with Krylon rattle can, and BLACK in Florida is just plain dumb. The roof heat inside bakes your brain. Anyone know a way to remove it ? I want to get the TAN back and say bye bye to faded out black Krylon paint. I've tried graffti remover, nail polish, actetone, various cleaners, all seem to attack the black paint but soften up the Tan original paint too. Does anyone know what the factory Tan paint used was ? laquer ? enamel ? or ??
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Old 10-26-2010, 11:17 AM   #6
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What does it matter if its exact to factory? It'll be a stand alone. Unless its next to another Jeep with the factory color no one will notice. Furthermore theirs will probably be warn as well so it won't match.

Just use some paint thinner and take off what you can. If that doesn't work scuff it up prime it and paint it wih a tan colored paint.

This will also be a prime time to put on some UV protection from the Florida sun
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Old 10-27-2010, 07:28 AM   #7
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Thanks for the input

The faded black rattle can paint job is a mess, and I do not want to loose the original tan top paint. Climbing on the roof, the guy must have ran out, cause its just streaks of black paint. I tried some thinners, but again it seem to attach the tan original paint too. IF both paints are laquer based, then I'm out of luck until the nasty black wears off or dies to UV rays. Soft compound rubber from turtle wax seems to have some effect on getting up the black, but very slow going.
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The faded black rattle can paint job is a mess, and I do not want to loose the original tan top paint. Climbing on the roof, the guy must have ran out, cause its just streaks of black paint. I tried some thinners, but again it seem to attach the tan original paint too. IF both paints are laquer based, then I'm out of luck until the nasty black wears off or dies to UV rays. Soft compound rubber from turtle wax seems to have some effect on getting up the black, but very slow going.
The fact is... after that original paint has taken a beating like a crappy rattle can job and paint thinner it is going to need a touch up. Don't be so hung up on the "original paint" What is important is the original paint COLOR.

Once you get a close match you can repaint it and be done with it. There are hundreds of rattle can colors out there. If you absolutely want it khaki/spice then you can find that color. Someone recommended the Khaki color of the Rustoleum Camo Paint. I think this would work well.

Don't be scared to paint. What is important is the condition of the hard top. not its paint. Paint gets fixed.

" Process for painting hard top:

My top was in pretty good shape, it was just the wrong color for my liking.

I used the green scotch brite pads that can be purchased at Wal-Mart and scrubbed the top really good, roughing it up so the paint would adhere well. I blew all the dust off with air. Then I cleaned it with a degreaser, I think it was simple green and water. I went over it one more time with the scotch brite on any areas I was not happy with and cleaned the top again. Let it dry really well and then I tapped off all the parts that I did not want to get paint on. I cleaned it a final time with just a damp rag of simple green and water to remove any possible finger grease etc that I may have gotten on it.

I used the following paints on it with no primer, the Hammered Rustoleum does not require primer. (I am not a painter, so I don't know if it would be preferred to use primer or not).
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Thanks Phrankoff and looks good in the pictures. The spice color paint here on mine is still in good shape and has not been destroyed yet, but my main question would be if anyone knows what paint was used on these tops originally. That question alone would tell me what I'm going to need or do as the fight to regain the tan goes on....and ON...and ON....Checking with various sites and blogs today has been a waste of time so far.... But no one seems to know what the true paint was, I assume Chrysler farmed the tops out, so its 3rd party information now at best.
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Any update? Thinking of painting my top too....

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The fact is... after that original paint has taken a beating like a crappy rattle can job and paint thinner it is going to need a touch up. Don't be so hung up on the "original paint" What is important is the original paint COLOR.

Once you get a close match you can repaint it and be done with it. There are hundreds of rattle can colors out there. If you absolutely want it khaki/spice then you can find that color. Someone recommended the Khaki color of the Rustoleum Camo Paint. I think this would work well.

Don't be scared to paint. What is important is the condition of the hard top. not its paint. Paint gets fixed.

" Process for painting hard top:

My top was in pretty good shape, it was just the wrong color for my liking.

I used the green scotch brite pads that can be purchased at Wal-Mart and scrubbed the top really good, roughing it up so the paint would adhere well. I blew all the dust off with air. Then I cleaned it with a degreaser, I think it was simple green and water. I went over it one more time with the scotch brite on any areas I was not happy with and cleaned the top again. Let it dry really well and then I tapped off all the parts that I did not want to get paint on. I cleaned it a final time with just a damp rag of simple green and water to remove any possible finger grease etc that I may have gotten on it.

I used the following paints on it with no primer, the Hammered Rustoleum does not require primer. (I am not a painter, so I don't know if it would be preferred to use primer or not).
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very nice tutorial, any pictures with it on your car? how long did it take you approx. for the project?

Thanks
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No hang up here

I'm not hung up about factory paint other than its taken months to investigate the original Tan / spice that is Lacquer so that ends my chances to clean off the black rattle can mess. One product call Graffiti remover said if the paint is fresh, it will come off. IF, its been baked on in the sun...( I'm in FLorida ) that its very hard to remove...So now that we know its Lacuquer based..., thinner etc will not get the black off with out attacking the original spice paint. Today I've ordered Mopar Kaki to re-shoot the hard top. Normally when I restore a Jeep we do not run into this type of trouble, but at least we made a big effort before giving up. and just PAINT IT.......
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very nice tutorial, any pictures with it on your car? how long did it take you approx. for the project?

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I don't have any pictures with it on my Jeep because I took that tutorial and posted it on here. I was trying to emphasize that with the italic writing.

Many people go this route and if I buy a new Jeep w a hardtop the color is a non issue whether or not I like the color in question. If its the color I want, I'm repainting it the same color. If its a color I don't like I'm repainting it

Chances are most untreated hardtops need to be kept up. If your hard top is a few years old or more and you haven't painted it yourself. Get dirty. Its a few hours work, cost under $50 and looks great. Why NOT do it ?

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