|04-12-2010 02:09 PM|
Bought this hard top off of craigslist for $100 with no windows. I used rustoleum primer and flat black. After it dryed the streaks went away, I have washed the top several times and have had no chipping or any other problems.
I was going to put windows in but turned out to expensive, so I am going to cut it down and use it as a hard bikini top!!
|04-12-2010 02:05 PM|
|04-12-2010 10:01 AM|
Just get a few rolls of black duct tape & cover it with that. You can make the rows fo tape go back to front, side to side, weave pattern... the options are endless. And if it gets nicked up on the trail, guess what... simple to touch it up again.
If you really want to get creative, get a few different colored rolls & have some REAL fun!
|04-12-2010 09:42 AM|
|T-BONE N BIXBY||
I painted my hard top with Krylon Fusion last year and it turned out well. It still looks good other than around the side windows where it was harder scuff. The paint flaked off around the windows.
The Krylon Fusion is designed for plastic and won't chip due to the top being able to flex when you're out putting the jeep in compromising postitions.
I will be doing mine again this summer when it stays warm.
I suggest if you are going to do it yourself, try to paint the top of it as it sits on the floor, but be able to raise it up to your height when doing the sides. You can pay a little more attention to detail if you aren't laying on the floor trying to get the bottom, under the windows.
|04-12-2010 09:35 AM|
Not the right product if you are looking for a perfect paint job (and that will depend on the shop. plenty of auto paint shops do bad paint jobs).
It is an accepaible product for a very low cost color change and it will hold up. ($20 vs a couple hundred) I did mine two years ago and others have had their's done for longer. The only place I has issues was in the recess around the side glass. I did not make sure to get a good coat there first. Some of it was over spray so some did not adhere and I've had to touch up.
It depends on your Jeep. Mine is not show and on many Jeeps, imperfections come with the territory.
|04-12-2010 07:46 AM|
Krylon fusion is NOT the right product for this kind of project.
Anyone interested in undertaking this sort of project (and hoping to get good, long lasting results) should read through and follow the advice of Siggie & tiny terror.
|04-12-2010 06:30 AM|
|Neil F.||Spray it yourself. I did mine as well as a lot of others. Krylon Fusion. No it is not perfect. On top, you can notice some blotches and lines fron the rattle can but who sees the top. I'd give mine a 8 out of 10. The problem with a roller, at least for a TJ top would be getting into the recess around the window, the ridges in the top and in the rear hatch area.|
|04-11-2010 01:11 PM|
|ratuna||I used a roller to paint a top on my old CJ, I had it for a few years after the paint job and it still looked great. I forget what kind of paint I used but I'll ask my brother who reccomended it at the time.|
|04-11-2010 12:50 PM|
Back from the dead!
I have given up my Star-Buck$ , as I cannot afford 4 dollar cups of coffee right now.
I also can't afford to do a crappy job on my top. What do you think would be a fair price to drop it off, and have it done at a body shop?
|04-12-2007 11:11 PM|
|12-30-2006 01:36 AM|
|Triple88a||In the chicago area starbucks coffee costs as much as a full size spray can.|
|12-29-2006 10:58 PM|
I've painted all sorts of things, never a vehicle though. I actually learned how to use a spray gun in college for painting artwork. I use a full size gun, a detail gun and an airbrush to glaze my work.
Glaze works the same as paint only I don't see if I've been careful enough until the work makes it through the kiln.
|12-29-2006 08:17 PM|
What did you paint?
I'm working today, but I have a bunch of pictures to post. I'll show you a truck I painted. A classic stepside.
|12-29-2006 06:55 PM|
|12-29-2006 06:54 PM|
..........at least some of 'em ....the ones that don't wave
|12-29-2006 01:28 AM|
Don't do it 'merijeep. Starbucks is yucky.
Use a light hand with the spray gun AD, they are not as easy to use as they look.
Buy a double triggered gun. You pull the trigger so far which only lets the air through, then the trigger all the way pulls the paint. Start the sweep with the paint already coming out and release the trigger only after you finished the sweep all the way across and off the top.
Long sweeps, not short jerky sweeps.
Oh, and AD, just freaking do it.
|12-29-2006 12:05 AM|
I agree -- go for it. You CAN do it.
Amerijeep -- kind thanks -- likewise, if you're in California, I'd be glad to buy you a $4.68 cent Starbucks late with hazlenut and soy milk. With a blueberry scone. LOL!
|12-28-2006 11:35 PM|
|mrbigjeep||the paint isn't too expensive, give it a try.|
|12-28-2006 11:33 PM|
Damn...63 cents? My morning cup of coffee is $1.75 at the cheap deli.
If I had the time and a space to try painting it myself I would. I guess I would get as much info as possible on fiberglass paint stuff...maybe even from a boating store.
I'd say go for it!
If you don't like it there's always maaco or around here they have guys on craigslist that come to you and specialize in patching/fixing car body/paint stuff.
|12-28-2006 11:25 PM|
|amerijeep||C'mon over to Missip and I'll get you a cup.|
|12-28-2006 11:19 PM|
You couldn't buy the osmosis filtered water to make it for that much...
And the soybean milk -- how?
No way. Don't drink it -- it's not safe!
|12-28-2006 11:16 PM|
|12-28-2006 11:16 PM|
|amerijeep||Where are yall buyin' your coffee? I get mine for 63 cents at the Texaco in the mornings...|
|12-28-2006 11:10 PM|
|amy||I think it's because yuppies that buy 4 dollar cups of coffee would rather pay someone else to do the dirty work for 'em?|
|12-28-2006 11:06 PM|
Speaking of which -- I wonder why -- in the age of yuppies buying 4 dollar cups of coffee -- I wonder why companies like Dupont, Krylon and Rustoleum have not siezed the market for HIGH PERFORMANCE spray paint.
If you could buy a spray paint that included a greater volume of paint to cover large area; is pressurized at a higher pressure and includes a decent quality nozzle -- and higher quality paint -- I'm talking about a product that could lay down a decent spray -- and if you could buy it for say $25 a can instead of $4 per can. That would be a bargain. The business model would be internet based. You order giving the company your car make and model with the paint code -- 6 days later, you get a color matched can that would do a crdible job of reshooting a fender.
Nah -- bad idea - it'd probably violate every EPA law ever written.
|12-28-2006 10:45 PM|
I've heard of folks spray painting their vehicles or most anything and it turned out looking great. If I did it, it'd be a mess. So.....if you have the time, attention to detail and maybe experience or just want to give it a try: go for it!
If it's a job that may seem a little too large, intimidating, etc: don't do it!
I personally like the liner idea......just do it!
humble opinion of a moderator
|12-28-2006 10:04 PM|
|12-28-2006 09:16 PM|
|Skitzic||Don't spray paint it. I once painted a car (yes, the whole car) with nothing but spray paint, and it looked horrible. Even if you're careful it's going to look horrible.|
|12-28-2006 04:50 PM|
|12-28-2006 04:45 PM|
|activelydying||so wise....so very wise|
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