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Old 03-26-2012, 10:50 AM   #1
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Painted VS Black Hard Top?

my dealer found pretty much exactly what i am looking for in a JKUR.

except one minor thing: the hard top is black and the jeep is white (other than winter chill, white i think is my favorite).

not sure how i feel about it. but the more i think about it the more i think it probably isn't a big deal. my new house has a garage, and being in VA, i can get away with no top A LOT of the time so i doubt it will be on except during the winter. thoughts? big enough deal to place an order instead? it does save me money. so torn. maybe swap it for a soft top (i know they are all black)? is it paintable for cheap?

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Old 03-26-2012, 10:54 AM   #2
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It's a matter of preference. I'd never want a body color top. Ever. Others feel passionately the opposite way. Up to you.

You can always ask the dealer if he'll swap it with another one on the lot, and if not you can always try to find somebody to trade with after you buy or take it to a body shop to be painted.

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Personal preference. For me, a painted top would be a deal breaker, so I'm the opposite of you.
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i just saw an all white sahara the other day and was impressed. normally i like the contrast of black and other colors

hard to tell though, ill have to see in person most likely. ill try and find one locally today.
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:42 PM   #5
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I have black JKU with a painted black hard top. My jeep is my DD and won't see much offroading (yet at least). My wife and I have a 14 month old so much of our free time is spent hanging with the boy but when he gets a bit older we'll take him out on trails. anyways, I went with the painted top because I thought it just looked sexy matching the black body paint. I did test drive a solid white, with white hard top, wrangler and not going to lie...it looked awesome too. I like the look of the painted tops but at someone else mentioned, it's a matter of personal opinion. I'll also add that I dont think the fears of the painted tops getting scratched easier, etc is totally warranted. especially with a color like white. the clear coating over the top of the paint should actually help to protect it a bit. plus, if you get a color like white and you get dual tops, you can always use the soft top if you want that contrasting white on black look but you'd also have the painted top if you wanted to have a white out. not sure if that helps at all but thought I'd contribute. haha
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:55 PM   #6
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If I had a hard top, I would not want the painted version. White Jeeps with em look like they should have a red cross or the UN symbol stenciled on the door. JMO.
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Old 03-26-2012, 04:03 PM   #7
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You're going to have to make up your own mind on this. If WE gotta do all the work on THIS kind of deal....*kaff*kaff*...*rumble**moan**

Personally I don't care for the same body/fender/top color set up on any I've seen. But I don't have a vote here.

Probably I'd get used to it eventually if it were in my driveway.....
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Old 03-26-2012, 04:03 PM   #8
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The factory painted tops are smooth with no texture. So, if you paint that black one just keep in mind it will still be bumpy after. If you truly want the smooth look you'll have to just buy one painted from the factory.
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Old 03-26-2012, 04:15 PM   #9
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I vote for black. Just an opinion.
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If I had a hard top, I would not want the painted version. White Jeeps with em look like they should have a red cross or the UN symbol stenciled on the door. JMO.

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I vote for painted... just saying!


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Old 03-26-2012, 04:27 PM   #12
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Old 03-26-2012, 04:29 PM   #13
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black. sharpe will fix any nick or scratch
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If I had a hard top, I would not want the painted version. White Jeeps with em look like they should have a red cross or the UN symbol stenciled on the door. JMO.
UN symbol stenciled on the door.
front door or back door?
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UN symbol stenciled on the door.
front door or back door?
2-door or 4-door?

Actually, they're just white, I believe. No logos anymore. Makes em too much of a target.

Still...black top, black fenders on my peacekeeping rigs, please.
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Hmmmmm-Any of you old enough...

to remember the Good Humor ice cream trucks?
I guess I'm showing my age
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2-door or 4-door?

Actually, they're just white, I believe. No logos anymore. Makes em too much of a target.

Still...black top, black fenders on my peacekeeping rigs, please.
if bushwacker make white fender flares i will buy them today
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I don't like the color matched fenders or tops. To me, takes away from the Jeep but you can't blame Chrysler for trying to appeal to a different customer base.

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Old 03-26-2012, 05:30 PM   #19
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There are plenty of them out there. If you want the painted top then get it. If thats what I wanted I would give up other options before that because other options are easier and cheaper to add afterward. You dont need your dealer to find it for you, go to jeep.com and do a search and try autotrader too.
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I have a 2012 JKU Rubicon with the painted top and fenders. I love the look of it. In my opinion it looks better. Here is a pic.

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I have a 2012 JKU Rubicon with the painted top and fenders. I love the look of it. In my opinion it looks better. Here is a pic.

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As I'm sure all Jeepers would admit, black is a special case.
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:54 PM   #24
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go with painted top and fenders looks great 2012 2door sahara silver metallic,but thats just my choice .Go with another dealer take ur time and get what u want
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my dealer found pretty much exactly what i am looking for in a JKUR.

except one minor thing: the hard top is black and the jeep is white (other than winter chill, white i think is my favorite).

not sure how i feel about it. but the more i think about it the more i think it probably isn't a big deal. my new house has a garage, and being in VA, i can get away with no top A LOT of the time so i doubt it will be on except during the winter. thoughts? big enough deal to place an order instead? it does save me money. so torn. maybe swap it for a soft top (i know they are all black)? is it paintable for cheap?
LOOK BETTER IF YOU PAINTED INSIDE ROOF BLACK

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Color matching Hardtop is FUGLY and starts to make the Wrangler look too much like an H3!
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Got the white JKU with the white top. Love it. Why? Loads of reasons. First - Because there's 6 years of JKU's having a black top. There's barely 2 years of body-matched colored tops. So you start out looking different than the majority of 4 doors already, just by production numbers. Secondly - the unpainted black top always eventually looks sun-bleached and faded dark grey to me AND shows lots of digs and scrapes. (I was keeping it polite, but since others have expressed their unbridled negative opinions about color tops, let's say the unpainted top looks "Pedestrian", "Plain", "Uncustom", "Boring". Or just go with Fugly if you like) Thirdly - who doesn't like ice-cream trucks? Fourthly - Yeah, the red cross would look cool. I think I'll incorporate it into my Yeti Rescue Team theme. Fifthly - To each his own man, but I think the hardshell painted tops look a thousand times better than the black/grey ones. I like them in almost any color I see them in. Makes the car look bigger. Sixthly - That all said, I got the dual top option, and I swapped my soft top on last week. So half the year, I get to rock the contrast, and half the year I get to be an ice cream truck. It's the best of both worlds.
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I think I like the plastic better, though I've seen some color matched hardtops and they look pretty sharp. What are there trade-offs? Does plastic fade quickly? Does the painted hardtop susceptible to scratching or chips if you're not careful storing when it's off? Is there a big weight difference? If so, enough to affect gas mileage?
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I vote painted black hardtop. The old factory paint scratches way to easy. And if it was painted i could buff it out. With the old style i just get white scratches.
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I have the black hardtop. Have the hot headliners installed. Last summer was hell with the heat. Would have loved to have a painted top then. I like the white on white. Don't worry about what everyone else likes. Enjoy your Jeep. Make it original.

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