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Old 09-18-2019, 11:00 PM
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Getting desperate.....

Just bought my first Jeep about a year ago and I am very rarely on here.
I have come to realize its IMPOSSIBLE to find an already dealer painted hard top.
I have placed 2 orders from 2 different vendors and they cancelled my order because they did not want to ship it.



From one Jeep owner to another, does anyone have a suggestion on where I can find a bright white hard top for my JK?
I currently have a black textured hardtop but I am super hesitant to paint since I don't know how that will turn out.

Any sites that you suggest?

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Old 09-18-2019, 11:41 PM   #2
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I have herd mixed results on painting a textured one and some shops won't do it. Find a painted one any color and have it painted. Perhaps other coatings other than paint. If you have the time and ability to sand off the texture you might get it painted.
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Old 09-19-2019, 11:15 AM   #4
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instead of painting it...have it wrapped with white vinyl. If you don't like it, the wrap can be removed.
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My advice.

First, there are so many more important things to be "desperate" about. Whether your top is painted or not really is kind of a small thing in the grand scheme of life.

Second, go visit a few auto body shops and get their opinion. LOTS of folks have had theirs painted. If the factory can do it, so can a decent shop.

I am not aware of anyone that ships prepainted tops. Logically, its a monumental waste of money since they are going to do the exact same thing that a local body shop will do... minus the huge shipping cost.

Email your insurance carrier and ask what shops are rated well by them. That's a good starting point.
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I'd like to find a white JK hard top too, but there are just not many of them out there for sale.

Looking into some sort of wrap is on my list (down on it), but someday I'll get to it. Like the look of the painted hardtops.

Whatever you decide, good luck.
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Have you checked junkyards? Found this through a search from Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market

https://ripplesparts.hollanderstores...sh,-rear-panel

I'm sure there's more but this was just a quick look. You might be able to find a cheaper one that's scratched or a different color and just have it repainted as well.
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Join some local Jeep groups on Facebook. I have seen several painted tops for sale in ours.
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Thank you all for your feedback on this truly appreciate every comment.
I just had a 3rd merchant cancel on me and refund my payment haha

Does anyone know what the ball park figure to get the top wrapped? I am guessing they have colors that match the bright white on our Jeeps?
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Wrapping a textured hard top may not work out that great. Maybe if you sand it smooth first. But if you put that much work into it, just paint it after sanding it smooth.
I would think you have some decent body shops around you. Take it to one and ask them how much to prep (sand it smooth) and paint the existing hard top. It is just painting a top, it isn't rocket science. A qualified shop should be able to do it fairly easy.

And I doubt a wrap will be able to color match. It could be white, but likely not the same shade of white. Funny, there are a lot of shades of white.
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I had mine painted but not color matched as that is not my preferred look.
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Did you check with your local dealer?

If you find one at a merchant can you just pick it up since they don't want to ship it?
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I had mine painted but not color matched as that is not my preferred look.
I like the distinct look of body color to the removable top color. Sure, matching looks good but then its kind of like having a regular SUV. But thats just my opinion.
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I like the distinct look of body color to the removable top color. Sure, matching looks good but then its kind of like having a regular SUV. But thats just my opinion.

I was doing mine throwback CJ style so we did a different color, not black and not body color. The nice thing is it's the only one. The bad thing is it's the only one -- I went to the cleaners once and she said "hey I saw you pull into the liquor store last night..."
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Any paint/collision shop will be happy to paint it for you.
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I'm guessing you tried already but can you not order from the dealer?
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I am assuming (and we all know how that goes) that these tops are fiberglass. If that is correct I don't understand why it cannot be painted like any Corvette or boat. Most likely it will need to be sanded to give the paint something to adhere to but again any body shop that is capable of painting a Corvette should not have any issues.

My 3 piece top is black on the outside and white inside so one of them must be paint.
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The unpainted tops have a pebble finish. Not sure what they would look like if they were sanded and painted. If you can find a used painted top of any color you can then have it painted. Not sure what a paint shop will charge to paint it, even if you can find a shop to do it.

I had three local body shops turn down painting my TJ since there were no real body parts to replace (where they make more money). Finally found a local shop that is more into restoration and they did a great job.

Is this the look your going after? Note, this is a Chief and only ones I know of that came from the factory with white tops on non white body. (They also have white side stripes)


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I'm guessing you tried already but can you not order from the dealer?
I did that's who these vendors were but they only had them with the textured finished or smooth ready to paint.

The smooth ready to paint ones are 2300 so I am better off just finding a place that will do it at a much cheaper price
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I wouldn't do a wrap. Cost is nearly the same on something that complex as paint, and it won't last nearly as long. Especially if you're in the south.

If price is a concern, honestly, if it here me, I'd just buy a hard top (pebble texture), get yourself a sander and sand it smooth which wouldn't be hard. Find yourself a good Maaco (contrary to popular belief there ARE good ones, especially if you do your own prep) and get it sprayed for a song. I've never done their base/clear, but their enamel is tank strong on a car I restored, and loved it to death.

That's my two cents.

Then again, I like black, so...
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Being in So Cal when I was looking for mine, I limited it to painted tops in a light color. I got lucky. On a 100+ day the black texture becomes an oven. A full roof rack with a solid floor would help and probably cost less than paint.
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Maybe LineX it white?Somebody i looked at did white.
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Again, and Im not sure you are listening or you don't want to listen. The factory ONLY sells painted tops with vehicles ORDERED with them. They DO NOT paint them and send them to dealers. It is safe to say there is not a dealer in this country with a colored top sitting in inventory... and as I stated above, they can NOT be ordered.

If you are in an accident and your dealer orders a top for replacement due to the accident, they receive an untextured top and paint or have it painted locally to them.

There are about 6 Chief colored JKU's in my city. Mine is the only one with a color matched top. It came as part of the Winter Edition. Other editions like Black Bear, Polar and others had a matching colored top as an OPTION, but not mandatory. You can have your dealer order a non-textured top and they can have it painted for you.

But the EASIET thing to do is have your current textured top, de-textured and color matched by a local shop. Easy Peasy.
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But the EASIET thing to do is have your current textured top, de-textured and color matched by a local shop. Easy Peasy.
Or he could texture-coat the rest of the Jeep black to match the top...
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How about a nice alligator grain, padded landau top. Bring back the 70's.
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Been there, done it. Take a look at this thread,
https://www.wranglerforum.com/f714/w...n-2261953.html

I really do like the suggestion of finding a color matched top in your area and then having it resprayed the color you want. You could even sell your existing top to pay for the other one.
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How about a nice alligator grain, padded landau top. Bring back the 70's.
Nothing says "classy" like a vinyl roof.

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Again, and Im not sure you are listening or you don't want to listen. The factory ONLY sells painted tops with vehicles ORDERED with them. They DO NOT paint them and send them to dealers. It is safe to say there is not a dealer in this country with a colored top sitting in inventory... and as I stated above, they can NOT be ordered.
Partially correct. The tops, like the fenders, come two ways - Black (with the textured surface) and RTP (Ready To Paint). The former is the pebbled surface and the latter is the smooth surface. The RTP items are also black in their native state, but can be painted without having to sand off all the pebble grain.

Ordering a top like this is very expensive. Looking at the photos on the mymoparparts.com site, the two front panels do come complete with seals and latches. Ordering all three is about $2,830 (before freight and sales tax if any). The smooth vs pebble grain goes all the way back to the YJ when they not only had the black fender flares, but the smooth painted ones.

https://www.mymoparparts.com/v-2017-...and-components
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As mentioned above, just get a top that's painted any color and then have it repainted to the color you want. If you live in or near a larger city, the wrecker yards would be a good place to hunt down a painted top.

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