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Old 09-25-2012, 12:53 PM   #1
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Painting the Hardtop

Hey guys,

I am about to paint my hard top on my 98 Wrangler. It is tan now and I'm painting it black. Any ideas on what kind of paint works best? i want satin black NOT shiny... Any comments would be great!

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Old 09-25-2012, 12:58 PM   #2
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I used Rustoleum Hammered Spray Paint, worked great. But maybe a little more shiny than you want.

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Old 09-25-2012, 01:31 PM   #3
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A number of people including myself have used Krylon Fusion (satin black on the outside and I painted the interior shimmer black/ looks dark gray to get rid of the white interior). I did mine 4 years ago and just redid it this past weekend. There were some minor spots that had chipped and flaked. They were mainly in the grooves around the side glass, the grove up around the back and in and around the rear hatch. (probably my fault. when doing it the first time, I peobably did not paint there first and it go overspray before a coat of paint) Also it had faded a bit.
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:47 PM   #4
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If your wheeling the jeep and its abused i would undercoat it...we just repainted a hard top for a local guy and he said it was the best thing he did...just an option!
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Krylon Fusion works great.
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:32 PM   #6
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I need to do mine too lemme know what you decide to use on yours, and how it comes out. Thanks.
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:33 PM   #7
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I used rust oleum bed liner
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:57 PM   #8
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I just finished doing a little repair on the corner of my hardtop and painting the exterior of it black with U-POL Raptor Liner. Just put it back on the Jeep tonight. It looks pretty good. I like it, but next time I'd use a reducer so it's not as textured as it is now.
I was planning on doing a little write-up on it when I get time.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:31 AM   #10
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I just finished doing a little repair on the corner of my hardtop and painting the exterior of it black with U-POL Raptor Liner. Just put it back on the Jeep tonight. It looks pretty good. I like it, but next time I'd use a reducer so it's not as textured as it is now.
I was planning on doing a little write-up on it when I get time.
I used raptor on the tub of mine and loved how it turned out. My hardtop is in need of some paint as well and was curious what the raptor would look like. Definately need a few pics!
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:33 PM   #11
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i just did the paint on my hardtop this last weekend...worked out awesome.

make sure to scrub it down with a scotchbright pad and wipe it clean with denatured alcohol. then paint. I did about 3 coats with Rust oleum camo khaki. we will see how it holds up to the north Idaho winter. but hey for $30 if i have to repaint ever year its worth it!

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out of curiosity I just shot an email off to Maaco to see what they would quote me for doing just the hard top.
Ill let you guys know if I get a response
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:48 PM   #13
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anything over $50 you could do probably just as good as they could...plus you get the satisfaction of saying..yup did that myself...
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I need to re-paint my 97's top black, don't spray cans leave stripes?..

I thought todays spray paint was water based and not very durable, have you guys found different?
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:02 PM   #15
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the krylon fusion and the rust oleum I used (at least so far) is pretty durable. prep work and letting it "bake" for a few days is key though. As for streaks as long as you dont spray heavily and make nice even "swaying" motion it looks great. Especially after 3 coats.
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:16 PM   #16
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I need to re-paint my 97's top black, don't spray cans leave stripes?..

I thought todays spray paint was water based and not very durable, have you guys found different?


Spray paint is not water based.
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:30 PM   #17
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FWIW, you'd get better coverage using a spray gun, providing you have a compressor. Spray cans are typically only 25% paint and the rest is solvent and propellant...

Prepping it first is the key....you can use alchohol, but I'd use a degreaser instead. You can scuff it with a grey scuff pad, then prime, then paint....paint usually sticks better to primer....if applying a rubberized undercoating or hammered finish you could also finish off with a matte clear too...providing you use paints that are compatible....ok to use urethanes over lacquer...not vice versa!

Anyhow, I'm a custom bike painter, so happy to offer any suggestions....I will probably be reshooting my hard top this spring...no sense doing it now before winter...
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I have a 2004 Unlimited hardtop and I called Linex and they quoted me at $450. I guess I'll paint it myself when the time comes...
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:45 PM   #19
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Mac - yeah you can get yourself some rubberized undercoating (I prefer rubberized to asphalt-based undercoating). Probably two cans would do you....then I would top off with some matte clear....I have found the undercoating will rub off if you use any harsh chemicals on it...rubberized undercoating in can goes on pretty good...

I like SEM if you can find it...not available everywhere....
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I need to re-paint my 97's top black, don't spray cans leave stripes?..
Rattle can nozzels and propellant have got much better over the last few years. Krylon Fusion sprays nicely.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:47 AM   #21
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Very true about the newer spray cans...

Also if you do get striping it could be due to spraying outside in the sun, or if it's just too hot in your spraying environment. If you spray on a very hot day the paint could basically dry before hitting the surface and go on looking a bit textured...it won't flow out either so could cause that striping effect...your ideal spraying temp will be 65-70 degrees in most cases...
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:20 AM   #22
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Hey guys since on my top I painted on paint i went to my local body shop and the guy said he's been using house paint on jeep tops for a long time now. So that's what I did and it turned out great!! I'll post pictures tomorrow.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:50 AM   #23
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I did a full write up on this I did my 98 Tj top last year it's on jeepz.com under the body section of how-to's. I painted from tan to black and It worked great and held up fine
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I used Rustoleum Hammered Spray Paint

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