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Old 11-14-2012, 10:38 PM   #1
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Painting my hard top

I sanded my top down and now I'm ready to paint should I roll/ us a brush to paint it on or spray it on? Also what the best paint to use?

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Old 11-15-2012, 12:05 AM   #2
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I think most people are spraying. There are many good paint choices, but maybe this will help you decide...

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Old 11-15-2012, 07:10 PM   #3
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I sprayed mine with plasti dip. I figure it will flex with the top and not crack. Used 5 cans and it looks great
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:13 PM   #4
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My vote goes to rustoleum Bedliner in spray can.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:08 PM   #5
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Sprayed mine with Krylon Fusion Satin Black. Came out good and it's holding up very well.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:01 AM   #6
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New to jeeps haveing just bought a 99 4.0 sport which has a hard top in need of sprucing. Why is everyone using spray paint? Would never think of using rattle cans on any of my other vehicles? is it cost?
I imaging any paint or bedliner is an improvment over the faded old top but would you paint your hood or doors with a rattle can? (Trail only rigs excluded of course)

I am readng and trying to learn, am planning of the rustoleum bedliner for the bumper, fender flares, steps. Thinking real hard about how I want the top to look and I think a black base/clear is the way for the best look. I do plan on repainting the entire jeep at some point. At best my jeep will be a mall crawler/light off road use with no lift or suspension mods
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:20 AM   #7
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Do you want to do it right and not have to do it every year?

Since you sanded down, did you go all the way down to the bare fiberglass? Assuming you did not, you can prime first, then apply your paint. You probably don't need to prime if you have scuffed the paint that was on there...

I don't really think you need to use a bedliner on there, as the surface already is textured, but a bedliner would be pretty durable. You can also opt for a rubberized undercoating (not plasti-dip, this is a coating similar to bedliner but not quite as rough).

I actually hit mine this year with some VHT epoxy in Satin black. It self-primes, and freshened the black up real nice. I'm not crazy about the narrow fan pattern of the can though...

What I would recommend, and I'll be doing it this way in the spring once I switch to my soft top, would be to apply a clearcoat over the black. You can do a matte or satin clear. The clear would have UV protection and slow down the fading process...

If you do decide to clear, be sure your spraying environment doesn't dip below 60 as clears won't cure below 60 degrees...
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:42 AM   #8
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Why is everyone using spray paint? Would never think of using rattle cans on any of my other vehicles? is it cost?
I imaging any paint or bedliner is an improvment over the faded old top but would you paint your hood or doors with a rattle can? (Trail only rigs excluded of course)
I would not rattle can the doors/hood/body etc.

It is difficult with a rattle can to get an even finish without steaks and blotches over a large area.

- The fact is with the hard top there is very little vertical area on the sides and rear. It is fairly easy to get it even.

- Most are using a satin or flat which is more forgiving than a high gloss which is on the.

- I did rattle can my top. The sides and rear look good. The top surface is not 100% perfect. There are some faint streaks but you can't see it standing onthe ground.

- Yes it is cheap. 4-5 cans less than $30.00
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New to jeeps haveing just bought a 99 4.0 sport which has a hard top in need of sprucing. Why is everyone using spray paint? Would never think of using rattle cans on any of my other vehicles? is it cost?
I imaging any paint or bedliner is an improvment over the faded old top but would you paint your hood or doors with a rattle can? (Trail only rigs excluded of course)

I am readng and trying to learn, am planning of the rustoleum bedliner for the bumper, fender flares, steps. Thinking real hard about how I want the top to look and I think a black base/clear is the way for the best look. I do plan on repainting the entire jeep at some point. At best my jeep will be a mall crawler/light off road use with no lift or suspension mods
Do what I did to my faded hard top. Go to Lowe's and pick up a can of Penetrol, clean your top, let it dry and put this stuff on, it will bring out the black in your top.
This is a pic of when I did a sample on mine years ago, still looks good and holding up.


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I was thinking if the temp gets up to the 50's next weekend I might try to paint my brown top black. Do you think I need to sand? I was planning on just cleaninig it good and then using some primmer and then several coats of satin black fusion. Now im thinking I might have to wait until the spring so I can apply a clear coat.
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I did not sand. Scotchbrite pad and good cleaning
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[QUOTE=Bucktaker;3002045]Hello
Why is everyone using spray paint? Would never think of using rattle cans on any of my other vehicles? is it cost?
I imaging any paint or bedliner is an improvment over the faded old top but would you paint your hood or doors with a rattle can? (Trail only rigs excluded of course)

I only have my hard top on between about October and April, and some years don't put it on at all...just use the soft top. When it is off, it sits on a roll around dolly outside covered by a tarp. It's not worth it to professionally paint it, and it's easy to shoot a little rattle can paint on it, if it needs touching up. Partly because of the texture of the top, it's easy to make it look good with rattle can, especially because I'm using satin on it anyway, I also rattle canned my door uppers, fender flares, and rock sliders...it makes it easy to redo after beating it up on the rocks....and no, I wouldn't paint the body that way.
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New to jeeps haveing just bought a 99 4.0 sport which has a hard top in need of sprucing. Why is everyone using spray paint? Would never think of using rattle cans on any of my other vehicles? is it cost?
I imaging any paint or bedliner is an improvment over the faded old top but would you paint your hood or doors with a rattle can? (Trail only rigs excluded of course)

I am readng and trying to learn, am planning of the rustoleum bedliner for the bumper, fender flares, steps. Thinking real hard about how I want the top to look and I think a black base/clear is the way for the best look. I do plan on repainting the entire jeep at some point. At best my jeep will be a mall crawler/light off road use with no lift or suspension mods
I'd shoot all those things (except for the bumpers) with Krylon Fusion black satin. Sprays very nice and adhears properly to plastic, fiberglass, old paint, etc.

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