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Old 07-29-2012, 09:57 PM   #1
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Hardtop Paint Not Curing

Hi folks,
So has anybody here experienced this issue before? I went to specialty auto paint store and bought primer and paint for my TJ hardtop. And this is what i did -
1. Washed it down with soap and water, let it dry.
2. Sanded it (320) and washed it soap and water, let it dry.
3. Primed it and sanded (with 600) and washed it soap and water, let it dry.
4. Painted 3 coats of the paint they gave me (mixed and filled in spray cans).

Now, after 6 days later, paint still looks wet and I can pretty much scratch/remove layer with my bare nails . So what did I do wrong? Or did they give me the wrong paint?
More importantly, how can this removed now?
Any help/advise will be greatly appreciated. Thanks much!

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Old 07-29-2012, 10:08 PM   #2
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I don't know what the problem there is with the paint, but somebody will probably chime in and be able to help you out.

Funny though, I've JUST finished painting my 3'rd hardtop, and the only process I've ever followed is:
Cleaning it with soap and water, and using a scotchbright pad.
Scrubbing it again with a scotchbright pad, rinsing.
Clean with Acetone.
Tape windows, lay down tarp
Rustoleom spraypaint, whatever color you choose. I prefer the paint and primer in one satin black.

Hope you can get it fixed up, it's been a year, and my hardtop still looks good as new.

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Old 07-29-2012, 10:12 PM   #3
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Seriously, i feel like one big idiot now. I should have just stuck to krylon fusion paint from walmart! Don't know why i went all super specialty paint from an auto store etc.
Yea, i forgot to add taping twice too!

I'll call the auto paint shot tomorrow and check with them to see how this sticky (both literally and figuratively!) situation can be remedied! Thanks for the response.
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:20 PM   #4
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Possible that they gave you a paint that needs a hardener instead of a normal enamel?
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:51 PM   #5
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possible that they gave you a paint that needs a hardener instead of a normal enamel?
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I'm thinking hey gave you some 2K paint that requires hardner. Do the cans not have a tab/button/extra cap at the bottom that you have to push in to make the paint and hardner mix?
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I'm thinking hey gave you some 2K paint that requires hardner. Do the cans not have a tab/button/extra cap at the bottom that you have to push in to make the paint and hardner mix?
Yea it says it's 2k paint but no push button to release any hardener.
I called up the paint shop and they told me I must have applied it too thick and hence the curing issue.

Also, they told me i'll have to pretty much scrape this paint off and re-do the whole thing again! No hardener will work now apparently.
I'm thinking of spending another 2 days to get this all off and 2 more days to repaint the top! Any suggestions to remove paint off hardtop will be greatly appreciated! Thanks for the support.
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:36 PM   #9
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If it is just "applied too thick" maybe take it to a local body shop and see if they have any infrared curing lamps and to see if they will use them on the top for a while, might charge you a few bucks but it could save some aggravation of stripping it all off.


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Laquer thinner will take ot off, brake fluid really eats paint too
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i was going to rattle can paint my hard top myself but my local bodyshop, which does high end musclecar restos, quoted me $350 to paint the top base coat-clear coat including pickup and delivery of the top, and, warranty the work for 5 years.
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Ya needed hardener
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:59 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the advice here, much appreciated! I love this site!
For now I decided not to do the sanding and painting one more time, got really frustrated. I let the hardtop bake in PHX sun (112F today). It seems to be "dry" now, so gonna run with that for a little while until i get the patience and time to do the sanding and re-painting, but this time just with w-mart stuff! Cheers!

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