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Old 01-28-2017, 07:01 AM   #1
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YJ Hardtop vs bed liner

Anybody have any experience with coating a hardtop with Raptorliner or Monsta etc.? Is it flexible enough?
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Old 01-28-2017, 07:33 AM   #2
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I coated the inside of my hard top with monstaliner and it is working great so far.

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Old 01-28-2017, 10:23 AM   #3
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The only issue with bedlining the inside or outside of a hard top that I can think of is the weight. If you are spraying over the same color, you should be able to paint the outside of a hard top with a pint of paint. The pint ends up as a quart once thinned. Once sprayed, the thinner evaporates, leaving only the weight of the pint of color on the top.

I don't know how much a quart of bedliner weighs, nor how much material it might take to roll or spray it on the outside of a hard top. I would guess two quarts. Perhaps someone that has done this might chime in and let us all know.

Although the difference in weight between a pint of lacquer or enamel and two quarts of bedliner probably isn't significant, I think it is worth considering.

I prefer the smooth look of a painted surface, rather than the textured look of bedliner.
If it weren't such a PITA job, I would remove the textured paint on my hardtop and paint it the same color as the rest of the Jeep.
That said, how and where do you plan to use your Jeep?
My Jeep is primarily a daily driver with some light to moderate trail use. If you take your Jeep to trails where there is a lot of brush (Scrub Oak for example) that could scratch your paint, then the bedliner may be a better choice.

That's the beauty of our old heaps. We can make them into personalized statements and have a whole bunch of fun doing it.

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Old 01-28-2017, 10:52 AM   #4
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No matter which product you choose, the success of your project depends on the prep.

Weather painting or bedlining, it's of ultimate importance to properly clean and sand the surface that your material is being applied to.
Most peeling starts around the edges of whatever was masked during the initial prepping.
Two reasons for this:

1)- Crud and contamination gets under the edges of moldings and even if the prepper sands properly up against the moldings, the solvent in the paint draws the contamination out from under the molding and prevents a good bond to the sanded surface. The cure for this is to remove the moldings or trim, but this isn't practical in the case of the hardtop glass moldings. The best practice is to clean around and as much as possible under the edges of the molding, first with detergent and water, and then with a solvent once the water has dried. A scrub brush with the detergent and water does the best job to get under the edges of the vinyl molding.
There is a special tape that's available at automotive paint suppliers that is designed to lift the edge of rubber and vinyl moldings to prevent peeling around the edges, but I don't think it will work on the hardtop glass moldings because they are so old and the vinyl has "set" or dried out.

2)- It takes some effort to sand properly up against the edges (for instance, the vinyl molding around the glass on a hardtop). Any unsanded area is a peel just waiting to happen. If a person takes their time and pays close attention, even a beginner can do a proper job of prepping a surface to paint.

Follow the instructions on the can of whatever product you use and take your time. The more you rush the job, the more likely you will end up with problems.

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I used monstaliner on my hardtop twice. 1st coat was outbreak and I decided to change it to black. So now it has 2 coats on it with no problem.
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Less than a quart of rustoleum satin black rolled on and with rough slightly rough finish that the top has already turned out like factory finish took me 1 hour and depending how neat you are no masking and used a 1inch brush for tight areas . Less than 20 bucks .
The inside I used exterior latex eggshell white the same way rolled on and brush less than 12 bucks . Going on two years and still looks new .
Bad thing about bedliner is if you ever decide to remove it good luck getting it off

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