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Old 08-29-2010, 05:16 PM   #1
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White on inside of hardtop has to go

So I guess all hard tops come white on the inside? I want to change mine. Do you think spray or roll on bed liner would be a good thing?? Or just black paint? I think I want it black like the outside of the hardtop

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I just used Krylon Fusion black paint. I'm sure you could do bed liner too, but depending on how much you use it could make the top a little heavier.

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It will come off and go once each year. We get dumped on heavily at time with snow. Sometimes as much as 4 feet at once. Not often but it happens so we use the hard top. Looks like it would be a little warmer and easier to clean the snow off of. I was thinking a gallon of bed liner should do it easy so what maybe 6-8 more lbs?
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You do realize that it's white for a reason, right?
It reflects light so that you can see inside at night when you turn the lights on, it reflects heat instead of absorbing it and it looks like crap, just to make you completely nuts and show every hand print and speck of dust and crud..

I have a white Jeep and I hate the white inside too. Paint it, that way you can wash it when you want to, no textured stuff.
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You do realize that it's white for a reason, right?
It reflects light so that you can see inside at night when you turn the lights on...
X2 that it is white for a reason. I wouldn't even THINK of painting the interior of the top. If you paint the inside black or other dark color, it's going be like a dark cave inside even with the interior lights on. You'd hate it at night. To me, you're worrying about things in the wrong order. Surely there is something else on your Jeep that must be higher up on your priority list besides a cosmetic thing like what your top's interior color is.
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perhaps you can build a bikini top that can stay on with the hard top. atleast the roof will be a dif color
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There are things high on the list but none of them are bugging the crap out of me like the white on the inside of that top. Its getting cool here.. Low 30's at night and only 63 today. I was going to put it on and then I saw the white. I had forgotten about it. Now Im going to painting it and more than likely black.
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Is this really just for cosmetic reasons?
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I had a 93 YJ with the whole inside Rhino lined including the hardtop, and the dark inside never bothered me.
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Is this really just for cosmetic reasons?

In hate it so whatever you want to call it
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It's his jeep. He has to drive it. Why dog him on it?

Black, green, red...whatever matches the interior (like every other vehicle on the market). Go for it. The bedliner may even help with sound and temp insulation, and can be done in colors without fear of UV fading. Just going to have to be a bit more careful in the install/removal & storage so you don't crack it.
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It's his jeep. He has to drive it. Why dog him on it?
I was thinking the same thing... I've noticed quite a few questions here that people balk at and start flaming.
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i dont see any flaming going on, just genuine questions/comments. this forum has to be one of the best with regards to not flaming people that i've encountered... but anywho i was gonna paint the inside of mine black as well until i realized it would be like a cave in there. but to each their own, so good luck with it. i wouldnt do a bedliner on the inside though, i dunno, just my opinion.

i would think like krylon fusion would be the best for that fiberglass material, but not 100% sure
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Yup...

Painted mine black with the Krylon Fusion. Then I got even more crazy. I went to the local flooring store. Grabbed some scrap padding. Then went to Wal*Mart and grabbed a piece of gray carpet (the kind with no rubber backing). I glued the padding in - then the carpet over it. It's quite possibly one of the best "mods" to date. The interior isn't nearly as dark as others say it would be - as all of my interior lights still work. I'm not blinded by the glowing white box when someone behind me has bright headlights. It quiets the ride down considerably. It also seems to retain heat better in the winter.

I say go for it. I'll take pics if you want to see the finished product. Just shoot me a PM.

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I plan to paint mine before it goes back on. Still have plenty of paint left from painting my fenders, just been looking for more stuff to paint. It drives me nuts too. I also broke my interior cargo light. Picked up an LED touch light just going to stick it to the top. Should be plenty bright I'm thinking.
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I kinda like the white. Guess I'm weird.
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I kinda like the white. Guess I'm weird.
I thought I would as well - until Captain HID was on my ass for a good long ride. Glad with my decision to change it.
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Yup...

Painted mine black with the Krylon Fusion. Then I got even more crazy. I went to the local flooring store. Grabbed some scrap padding. Then went to Wal*Mart and grabbed a piece of gray carpet (the kind with no rubber backing). I glued the padding in - then the carpet over it. It's quite possibly one of the best "mods" to date. The interior isn't nearly as dark as others say it would be - as all of my interior lights still work. I'm not blinded by the glowing white box when someone behind me has bright headlights. It quiets the ride down considerably. It also seems to retain heat better in the winter.

I say go for it. I'll take pics if you want to see the finished product. Just shoot me a PM.

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gray carpet would be pretty sweet... and i'd totally do it if i still had my hardtop.. i bet it does a damn good job of deadening noise..
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I painted mine (Krylon Fusion Textue Shimmmer Black which looks dark gray) With regards to the statement that it will be dark and look like a cave, that is so untrue.

Many vehicles on the road have dark interior panels and even on the roof lining.

The TJ has much larger side windows that other vehicles on the road.

The inside of the soft top is not white.

The TJ has multiple interior lights. 97-02 has the soundbar and the hatch and 03+ has two in the speaker pods. I know a lit of vehicles, on of mine included that has one tiny dome light.

IMHO, the white top interior looked like crap with the dark slate gray plus some of the glue at the seams started to tuen yellow which made it look worse.
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The HD on my PC that has the original pics decided to crap out. I just went out and took these. They're not great, but you get the idea.

Remember, there is padding (the same stuff you find under the carpet of your car) under the carpet. It's been 2 or 3 years now since I did this.
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I didn't know it was white for a reason. I thought Jeep was being cheap and not painting it. I painted mine black and it was noticiably darker but it didn't bother me. I installed one of those battery powered round lights that you get in a $1 store. I velcroed it to the top so when the battery died I could pop it off. I think it looked so much better.
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Hey NHEric did you notice the jeep being warmer in the winter or any quieter? Looks nice nice though. If I still had my hartop I think that would be my next project.
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Hey NHEric did you notice the jeep being warmer in the winter or any quieter? Looks nice nice though. If I still had my hartop I think that would be my next project.
Yes, it seems to retain heat a lot better. No more complaints from the back seat about being cold.

Yes, it is MUCH quieter. In fact, I might say quieter than the Dodge now.
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Over the years we have covered ours with stickers from everywhere kind of a collage of where the Jeep and we have been. Have run out of free space, now that is a real problem
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Looks hood NHEric thanks for posting picks! Do you know what your cost involved was?
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Over the years we have covered ours with stickers from everywhere kind of a collage of where the Jeep and we have been. Have run out of free space, now that is a real problem
That's a pretty cool idea.

All kidding aside, I know that if my Jeep wasn't white, I would have done something about the interior of the top too. I don't like the white either.
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Wouldn't the inside of your Jeep have a 'spray paint' smell to it?
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It's like anything else you paint. It will go away. You are going to paint it outside anyway so you leave it for a day or two and it is fine.
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Looks hood NHEric thanks for posting picks! Do you know what your cost involved was?
Carpet padding = freebie at local flooring shop (scraps)
Carpet = cheapest thing I could find with no backing. Walmart, I believe. Less than $10

Couple of these

Couple of these - in black

Don't forget a can of Acetone or something to prep the surface for paint/glue.

Really not that expensive. I wouldn't use any other glue, though. That 3M stuff is great. It's been on there for 2 or 3 years now. Looks like I just did the job.
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It's like anything else you paint. It will go away. You are going to paint it outside anyway so you leave it for a day or two and it is fine.
Hey Neil, you got any pics of your Jeep?

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