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Old 08-05-2011, 12:45 PM   #1
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Paint for hardtop

My 2000 came with one of those "split" hardtops - I love it, makes it possible to have some sun and air when I want, and less noise when I want that.

However, the top's black, and even in NJ it gets fiercely hot in the sun. So I want to change to a lighter color before we move South. Probably beige, since the car's red.

A local body shop quoted me an outrageous price to do it; so I'm wondering if I could do it myself.

What kind of paint would work best on this ? The existing finish feels sort of plastic-y. And could it be done with a rattle-can ?

Thanks... PeteH

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Old 08-05-2011, 12:54 PM   #2
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What price did they quote you?

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Old 08-05-2011, 01:19 PM   #3
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Many have done it with a rattle can.

Use Krylon Fusion. Seems the most recommended and worked for me.

Mine was originally black.
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I would think since they are fiberglass mabey try a marina for whatever they use on boats
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Old 08-05-2011, 06:38 PM   #5
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gel coat is for boats. at least the bottom as far as i know of. i know it was a nice chunk of $ when i painted my 23ft boat. but a half gallon should do you top i would think.
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what price did they quote you?
$600.
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$600.


That's insane.
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Old 08-06-2011, 09:29 AM   #8
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In Colorado Springs, Colorado it's $500 but RhinoGuard bed liner applied to a hardtop is $450. I used Fusion and it's not perfect but it looks better than the oxidized black turned grey that it was.
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:53 PM   #9
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Many have done it with a rattle can.

Use Krylon Fusion. Seems the most recommended and worked for me.

Mine was originally black.
Finally!! Someone who painted theirs white!! I'm doing mine white this weekend... What prep did u do? How many coats of paint? Primer? Clear coat? And is yours holding up? Thank u
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Old 09-20-2011, 02:22 PM   #10
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Finally!! Someone who painted theirs white!! I'm doing mine white this weekend... What prep did u do? How many coats of paint? Primer? Clear coat? And is yours holding up? Thank u
I think his is tan but whatever it is lighter. Myself ad others have used Krylon Fusion. I did mine satin black on the outside and dark gray on the inside. Clean with simple green or the like. I scuffed mine with a green scotchbrite pad. No primer, no top coat. I did it 3 years ago and it is fadeded a little but does not look bad. The only areas I have some chipping and peeling is in the recess around the windows. I should have sprayed there first. Those area probably got some overspray that did not adhere well so the follow on coats did not get a good bond and has come off in small spots. I have just touched them up with a small brush when need be.
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Neil, did you do the same prep on the inside? Clean, Scuff, Paint?
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I'm sure I cleaned but I do not remember if I scuffed inside also. Obviously you should also clean after you scuff.
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Finally!! Someone who painted theirs white!! I'm doing mine white this weekend... What prep did u do? How many coats of paint? Primer? Clear coat? And is yours holding up? Thank u
I used a color called, "River Rock." Didn't use any primer. Only lightly scuffed the the surface as already mentioned by the previous poster. I ended up using 5 cans (about 2 good coats). It's only a few months old, but it's holding up with no problems, so far. No clear coat for me. Didn't want the shine.

I went with the two-tone look because I wanted to be able to see the Jeep profile with the hardtop on. I felt it gets lost when everything is the same color. The lighter color also cut down the radiant heat significantly. Some like everything the same color. Personal preference, I guess.

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