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Old 01-26-2011, 01:32 PM   #1
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Fish eye'd paint

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I've been trying to paint my "WHITE" underside(Interior) Freedom Hard Top. I'm using a quality plastic paint from the body shop supply. I'm testing in non notice-able areas. It keeps fish eyeing . I've tried thinner to clean it, Windex, Sherwin Williams Aqua Prep SC155 and Acme FT200 Surface cleaner.

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Hi All
I've been trying to paint my "WHITE" underside(Interior) Freedom Hard Top. I'm using a quality plastic paint from the body shop supply. I'm testing in non notice-able areas. It keeps fish eyeing . I've tried thinner to clean it, Windex, Sherwin Williams Aqua Prep SC155 and Acme FT200 Surface cleaner.

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I used isopropyl alcohol to clean. Scuffed up the really smooth areas with scotch brite pads. I used krylon spray cans to paint. I had a couple areas that had fisheyes. I waited till they dried, rescuffed them and resprayed. You have to look hard to find the "bad spots"

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Getcha some DX330 from PPG and it should clean it well enough
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Not meaning to hijack your thread but I would be interested in a design of your choice that would stick to the inside of the freedom top panels made out of a heavy duty vinyl or headliner material that was laser cut to the exact measurements of the top. I have seen some tops airbrushed but a ready to install kit would be great. Why is the inside of the top white...maybe to keep the inside cooler or to cut cost. Any thoughts on this idea?
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Some have painted inside of hardtop with Dupli-color truck bedliner with great results.
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Old 01-26-2011, 02:53 PM   #6
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I painted mine with krylon fusion came out good .but i will be hitting the freedom panels this spring with bedliner for better durability they tend to get scuffed easy when handling them
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What are you using for primer?
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What are you using for primer?

No Primer yet, do you have a suggestion? I just got back from body shop supply, our thoughts are that it is the release agent when they mold the tops, this is new (2011)
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Just a guess but I think you would need to use a primer first. Sherwin Williams has a high bond primer.
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Release agent from the manufacturer was going to be my guess, or armor-all overspray if it was an older model. Scuff everything up real good with a scotch-brite pad or sandpaper (not too coarse-maybe 400 grit) and wipe it down with whatever thinner is compatible with your paint/primer. Allow it plenty of time to dry and then hit it with your primer. The primer should seal everything up with 1 or 2 coats and you should be able to get your paint to go on without any fisheyes. You can do it without primer but you'll probably have to shoot a coat of paint, let it dry, scuff it with scotch-brite and shoot again until it lays down smooth.

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