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Old 07-21-2009, 01:11 PM   #1
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Rattle Can or Rino Lining my hardtop???

I'm debating on whether to spray paint my hard top or try the rino lining/herc lining. I don't have access to the professional paint guns, so I'm going to do something myself. My jeep is dark blue, and the top is currently tan. I want the "flat black" color on my hard top.
Any recomendations on which way to go?

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Old 07-21-2009, 01:25 PM   #2
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Rhino Line.. Unless you prep the roof correctly, the rattle can will flake off and it will really look like crap. Rhino lining you can go under low tree branches that rub the top of your roof, and the lining will still protect it. If this would happen with rattle can, you will be looking at a black and tan scratched up top.

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Old 07-21-2009, 01:29 PM   #3
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I don't think I'd ever go with Rhinoliner on the top. It can age and look bad after much time in the sun and would be a lot harder to make look good again. If it were me, I would paint it with Krylon Fusion which is specially formulated for flexible surfaces so it adheres well and stays put. It'd also be very easy to touch up. Not to mention that Rhinoliner is not a lightweight product and that's another reason I wouldn't want it on my top.
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I don't think I'd ever go with Rhinoliner on the top. It can age and look bad after much time in the sun and would be a lot harder to make look good again. If it were me, I would paint it with Krylon Fusion which is specially formulated for flexible surfaces so it adheres well and stays put. It'd also be very easy to touch up. Not to mention that Rhinoliner is not a lightweight product and that's another reason I wouldn't want it on my top.
I completely agree! Too much weight for a top! And i've had the experience of using "aged" rhino lining and it's not pretty if anything scrapes it once it's old!
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All this Plasti-Kote stuff I got for free seems to do well and hold up pretty good. What about that???
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i'd rhino line it. it take more abuse than rattle can jobs.
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Old 07-21-2009, 05:10 PM   #7
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Rhino Liner will be HEAVY! If you don't mind the weight. I wouldn't do it. If you never remove it and lift the rear via springs... it would be ok. Get a good Marine Paint. IMHO.
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i just painted mine two weeks ago. it was originally brown and the guy who had it before me sprayed it black. i went through the whole winter with it and never once noticed a chip in the top. the only chips that were found on the top were the bottom back corner near the glass window, which probably occured from putting it on the ground to rest.

i was thinkin about lining mine but opted out, went with flat spray paint instead. if you do a good job preping it then I can't see why you wouldn't get your money's worth out of it. two cans of primer and paint is all i used for $20 with some possible touch ups down the road vs. a solid dent in the pocket for the liner, heavier top to deal with, factor of appearance over time, and you still should put in the same effort of preperation. Once that liner is on, its pretty much on unless you spend some $25 on two cans of kleen strip
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Like a number of others I sprayed mine with Krylon Fusion (black). The top was gray. It passes the th 5' test. It looks good. Directly on the top side you can see some blotches but who sees that. I was a year ago and no issues with chips or flakes yet. The only question with rhino or other roll on coatings is how would you get in close to the window trim or in the ridges?
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I would love to get a hard top (already have a soft top) and paint the whole rig matte black. With wheels to match.
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Thank you all for the responses.
Now, does anyone have an estimate on how many cans it will take?
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in close to the window trim or in the ridges?
Tape?
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sprayed mine...looks good...
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I spoke with the tech guys at Rhino when I was deciding what to paint my fender flares with. They do not recommend using it on any plastic or flexible type surfaces. It will not adhere like designed and will flake and chip off. They also said some plastics can actually soften from the chemicals in the Rhino Liner. I would use Krylon Fusion, it works great on plastic and so far seems really durable.
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Tape?
No I mean how to apply that close. How well does Rhino go on with a small brush?
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Thank you all for the responses.
Now, does anyone have an estimate on how many cans it will take?
Did you end up using the Krylon Fusion on your hardtop? If so how did it turn out and do you have any pics? I've searched on this topic and can't find much about anyone doing this. A buddy and I are trying to decide if its a good idea to do this to his hardtop. Thanks
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If you were closer I'd be happy to trade my black top for your tan one.
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I used Krylon Fusion satin black. I think I used 5 cans....I can't remember, it's been a while. Sorry, but I don't have any pics of the top. But it turned out nice.
It has held up well, other than around the windows and in the small, tight creases where it's tougher to prep and tougher to get good coverage.
The top is now haning from my garage ceiling for the summer and I will eventually re-paint it when I can come up with a lazy weekend.
I think the key to getting it done correctly is to have the top positioned so you're not having to kneel down, or even lay down to paint the sides. Have it sitting waist high or even chest high when doing the sides so you don't exert yourself.
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I used Krylon Fusion satin black. I think I used 5 cans....I can't remember, it's been a while. Sorry, but I don't have any pics of the top. But it turned out nice.
It has held up well, other than around the windows and in the small, tight creases where it's tougher to prep and tougher to get good coverage.
The top is now haning from my garage ceiling for the summer and I will eventually re-paint it when I can come up with a lazy weekend.
I think the key to getting it done correctly is to have the top positioned so you're not having to kneel down, or even lay down to paint the sides. Have it sitting waist high or even chest high when doing the sides so you don't exert yourself.
Exact same thing. I did mine a little over 2 years ago. The only places I have any flaking are around the side windows and a couple tight creases near the doors. I did have mine up on saw horses when iIpainted. I probably did not scuff as well as I should have in the tight areas and whan I started spraying, I did not start with getting a coat in the tight areas. Some of them probably got hit with overspray first so the final coats did not get good adhesion in the creases. 99.9% of the paint has a very good bond. I left it out in the back yard last summer and it was pretty filthy by the fall. I scrubbed it with a brush before putting it on and no paint came off.

I'd still rate it as an 8 of 10.
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if you lived closer

Too bad you are in OK. I would spray it as I have plenty of paint left. - I would make you tape it as I hate that part


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