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Old 01-30-2013, 06:23 PM   #1
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Soft Top Painting

Hi All, I'm new to this forum...I have a question...Is it possible to paint a soft top...mine is tan and I want to do black (mostly to drive the wife crazy...heh heh) I've read enough posts here to see a love for bedliner...would that work?...other options? or better to just buy a black soft top

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Old 01-30-2013, 06:35 PM   #2
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your best option is to buy a black soft top. I don't think bedliner would work very well on fabric or probably wouldn't look good. They do make fabric paint though, no experience using that.

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Old 01-30-2013, 06:40 PM   #3
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I painted some beat up soft doors, top and bottoms black, three years ago and they are still going strong with no chipping, no fading, and they are a lot easier to clean up, leaving no mud stains... Krylon, flat black
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:41 PM   #4
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I've heard duplicolr fabric paint works good
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:43 PM   #5
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I actually had to replace my top and got a dark charcoal for next to nothing in 2011... but I wanted black. I used Duplicolor Vinyl and Fabric and their Prepping spray beforehand.





It still looks great and has not faded at all.... I do treat it 3 times a year with Aerospace 303

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Old 01-30-2013, 06:45 PM   #6
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Wow! I am surprised that worked.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:01 PM   #7
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Thank u all for the quick answers...and the chance to drive the wife crazy...I'm off next week and hopefully I can get this done...Hmmmm Krylon vs Duplicolor...which way to go...
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I'm kind of leaning toward what TnDz Tj has done
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:06 PM   #9
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Duplicolr for fabric krylon for plastics
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:09 PM   #10
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Wouldnt hurt to clean it with comet and a scotch brite. It will strip any contaminants off that are on it.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:13 PM   #11
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Isn't the top considered to be a woven synthetic? That means its in the " plastic " family, or poly propylene. I say flip a coin.. Krylon is much easier to work with, nice broad flat spray pattern..
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x2 on Duplicator fabric paint. I didn't do the prep that TnDz TJ did besides a typical soapy wash and air dry but my Besttop safari top and upper door sliders went from spice color to black with no issues, 3mos texas heat holding up well.
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I was actually surprised how even and clean the Duplicolor worked. Went on very even with no 'heavy' spots or strips to contend with. Dries to a nice satin sheen and holds up well to pressure washers too to clean the mud off.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:51 PM   #14
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OP, I would use the fabric paint just because of the soft,pliable,flexible material you are dealing with versus plastic paint. Over time and exposure, I would think the plastic paint may began to have minute cracks.(IMHO)
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Where it will be ugly will be the velcro what ever you use will get pulled off when you seal/seperate the velcro. The velcro strips do get exposed some.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:22 AM   #16
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I used the Duplicolor fabric paint on my upper sliders also (no prep spray) looks great, I did them about a year ago
These windows are about 8 years old and the fabric was worn out...

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Are you using the flat black or gloss black dupli color???
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I used flat black
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:47 PM   #19
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Okay thanks. I think i am going to try painting my soft top due to the years of it fading in the sun.
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Old 03-10-2013, 03:42 PM   #20
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no problem
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Old 03-10-2013, 03:50 PM   #21
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Thats awesome. I didn't think you could paint the soft top. Great info.
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:39 PM   #22
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no problem
How did you top come out after painting it? I am thinking about doing mine.
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