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Old 04-10-2011, 12:14 AM   #1
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painting a black hard top?

would it look like factory or even half as good if i got an auto collision place to paint my black hard top silver so its the color coated hard in silver. then it would match my silver jeep. I should have bought the color coated hard top and now realize i made a mistake. sucks

think they could make it look good?

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The same colour hard top material is completely different so I doubt it'll look similar. I personally think the silver and black go very well.

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I agree with Fenderbender.... I made sure my silver sahara wouldn't have the painted top ...That being said, I have seen a couple older Jk's (pre- factory match top) that have done that and they look as good if not better than factory. A good body shop should be able to match it up well assuming they know what they are doing. Also look around at some of the factory rigs and they have painted the hardops to match the body as well.
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Given the cost and uncertainty of a good paint job, I'd do at least two things first . . . .

One, look for somebody to trade with. Like the other posters, I too would rather have a black top than color-matched, so I think you're in the minority. If you post around your local Craigslist and WF forum section, you may very well find somebody who's willing to swap. Especially if you're patient. This would be a zero cost perfect solution.

Two, absent a trade, you may find it nearly as economical to simply BUY a color-matched hardtop through your dealer and then SELL your black hardtop on Craigslist, your local WF section, or back to your dealer. You'd obviously pay full price for the new top and have to discount your used one, but a good paint job isn't cheap either and the results wouldn't be certain until it was "too late."

Edit: It also appears they actually SELL the Mopar hardtops at the Chrysler Parts Center, here, including the color match ones. Prices look reasonable, though I think you'd have to order it all piece meal (i.e., top itself, hardware, maybe the windshield washer assembly, etc.) to get a true price. You can call them directly and ask them what would be involved to make sure you got everything. That would at least give you a price for your dealer to have to "beat."
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It all depends on the bodyshop. The bodyshop I used did a GREAT job. They sanded the top fist to be smooth and painted it to match my Silver Rubicon.





I really like the painted tops, but they're not for everyone...

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Ben, that's hardly fair. Everybody knows that Jeep has a crazy HEMI, and therefore looks infinitely more intrinsically bada*s. Just sayin'.
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It all depends on the bodyshop. The bodyshop I used did a GREAT job. They sanded the top fist to be smooth and painted it to match my Silver Rubicon.





I really like the painted tops, but they're not for everyone...

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I like the looks of your Jeep, and I'm a soft top guy. Nice job!
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Old 04-12-2011, 05:08 PM   #8
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where did you get the job done?

was the place in NY?

looks great

so they sanded it down first?
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where was the body shop Ben?
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that what i was wondering

in order for it to look like factory they would have to sand it down
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when they sanded it and paint it did they have to take off the hard top???
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where was the body shop Ben?
Body Werks in Daytona Beach, FL
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Ben, that's hardly fair. Everybody knows that Jeep has a crazy HEMI, and therefore looks infinitely more intrinsically bada*s. Just sayin'.
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Old 04-14-2011, 05:29 PM   #14
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Quick question

Do you know if they took of the top from your jeep to pain the hard top silver or did they leave it on when painting it?
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Ben, that is a badazz looking vehicle!!!
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I wanna know what lights those are mounted above the spare. And how do you like the LED tail lights?
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Old 06-05-2011, 07:35 PM   #17
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can you find out what exact paint they used

I am thinking of getting it painted but want to get a perfect match
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Old 06-05-2011, 08:03 PM   #18
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Keep in mind silver is one of the hardest colors to match perfect
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:34 AM   #19
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I have a black top and it cooks me in the summer.you can feel the heat pounding down. thinking about having it painted. it has a bumpy hammered look to it.and its factory
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I have a black top and it cooks me in the summer.you can feel the heat pounding down. thinking about having it painted. it has a bumpy hammered look to it.and its factory
There is an insulation kit you can get that will help with the heat issue. Probably the same or less money than painting the top.
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There is an insulation kit you can get that will help with the heat issue. Probably the same or less money than painting the top.
There's a bunch of the insulation kits. I have a Hothead. However, extra help does not hurt. The problem is, finding a shop like Ben's is quite difficult. I was thinking about getting a 2011 hardtop actually, although I know it's going to be a fortune.
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Old 07-02-2011, 07:05 AM   #22
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Any problems with the paint peeling off the top?
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Old 07-03-2011, 01:33 AM   #23
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I've painted fiberglass before,I went to a shop that sells automotive paint supplies,told them what I was doing,they got the paint for me. they reccommended I use a dewaxer, this removes the oil from your sweaty hands and any things that have gotton on there.and wax can get on it, even though the top its self isn't waxed.you go to wax the windshield frame,you grab the top for support you've got wax on your hands.now it's on the top.or if you use a buffer, it flings wax every where.just to be safe I use a dewaxer on every thing I paint.no peeling if you use the correct paint. and rough it up a little with a scotch brite pad,apply the dewaxer wipe it off and have at it. for a top that is weathered and rough,light sanding and a primer sealer is required, and more sanding before paint.and dewaxer before paint,I use Prepsol ,Advance Autoparts has it also.I'm still living with the roaster called a black Top.putting insulation on it makes me think of the 60's style hot rods that had the fat button tuck head liners,sort of makes me cringe,but starting to look better
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Old 07-03-2011, 08:55 PM   #24
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I ordered a '12 in cosmos blue and went with the body colored hard top. I really would like to see someone with a black wrangler with the top panted black. I think that would look so badass..I didnt do it because I wanted something louder
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Painting a hardtop

I thought the hardtop was more like vynil than fibergas?


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I've painted fiberglass before,I went to a shop that sells automotive paint supplies,told them what I was doing,they got the paint for me. they reccommended I use a dewaxer, this removes the oil from your sweaty hands and any things that have gotton on there.and wax can get on it, even though the top its self isn't waxed.you go to wax the windshield frame,you grab the top for support you've got wax on your hands.now it's on the top.or if you use a buffer, it flings wax every where.just to be safe I use a dewaxer on every thing I paint.no peeling if you use the correct paint. and rough it up a little with a scotch brite pad,apply the dewaxer wipe it off and have at it. for a top that is weathered and rough,light sanding and a primer sealer is required, and more sanding before paint.and dewaxer before paint,I use Prepsol ,Advance Autoparts has it also.I'm still living with the roaster called a black Top.putting insulation on it makes me think of the 60's style hot rods that had the fat button tuck head liners,sort of makes me cringe,but starting to look better
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I ordered a '12 in cosmos blue and went with the body colored hard top. I really would like to see someone with a black wrangler with the top panted black. I think that would look so badass..I didnt do it because I wanted something louder
Hey there. I'm a Jeep newbie and am taking delivery on a Cosmos Blue unlmtd with body colored hardtop tomorrow! Have you picked yours up yet?
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Anyone have a ballpark price on how much a body shop would charge?
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It's absolutely doable. You just need to eliminate the slight texture on the top before your primer and paint it. Ditto for the fenders.

Run a search, someone had it done for around $800-1000 because of all the prep required.

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