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Old 09-30-2019, 06:38 PM
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Hard top paint job!

Anyone ever paint their hardtop? Mines starting to show its age and I want to freshen it up.

All suggestions are appreciated. Paint to use and steps for best success!

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Go to Lowe's and buy some Penetrol, it'll bring life back to your hardtop.

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avoid Penetrol...yes it will bring it back to life, but it will also leave you a tacky hard top.it's oil based. I'm saying this because I tried on my plastic fenders and left a tacky film. Try 303 Aerospace Protectant
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avoid Penetrol...yes it will bring it back to life, but it will also leave you a tacky hard top.it's oil based. I'm saying this because I tried on my plastic fenders and left a tacky film. Try 303 Aerospace Protectant
Didn’t do that with my hardtop.
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Penetrol (sparingly) once a year. Buff it shortly after putting it on (for best results). Allow at least a day to cure before washing it. Works excellent for me... my top is tan.
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I would recommend Penetrol as well.

The key to using Penetrol effectively is to apply with a sponge brush, let soak for about 10 minutes, then rub vigorously with a lint-free cloth. If you leave too much on the surface, it will flake away over time.

Once you've restored the top, 303 Aerospace Protectant will keep it looking like new. I buy it by the gallon.
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I painted mine with a spray gun/air compressor and 2 Qt of Dupli-Color Paint Shop Finish System Jet Black BSP200 Ready to Spray Lacquer. I washed it, sanded it, sprayed it. Turned out pretty well, but not perfect. For the $40 or so it cost me, worth it.

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(regarding Penetrol) If you leave too much on the surface, it will flake away over time.
This.^^
If this happens the flakiness can be removed/reduced with a scrubbie prior to recoat. You got me curious about the 303 now... I'm going to have to experiment with that.
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Go to Lowe's and buy some Penetrol, it'll bring life back to your hardtop.

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What do i do to see the best results? what kind of brush, etc
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Sand, n paint with 4 rattle cans. Forgot the brand...will look up when in garageClick image for larger version

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What do i do to see the best results? what kind of brush, etc
Lint-free rags for application and the same for buffing. Apply as little as you can and still get coverage.
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Just used a terry cloth rag to apply it

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Just used a terry cloth rag to apply it

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It's held up with no issues?
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It's held up with no issues?
Yes, I think I only did it 2 or 3 times in the 12 years I owned the hardtop, I sold it last year.

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I don’t have pics, but I painted my TJ top the same way as stated above. Krylon satin black after sanding lightly and wiping down with paint thinner to remove all dust, etc.... paint holds up a long time, at least four years for me.
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I used that Rustoleum bed liner stuff in a spray can. IMO looks like it did from factory
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Nothing would be easier than sand then rattlecan black satin krylon as some have suggested. Easy to repair and touch up. Can't beat the costs and any extra can be used on the fender flares. With Penetrol, you will have to be a little more precise in the application process. Not sure I have the patience to attempt it on such a large area as a hardtop. I would stick with krylon paint.
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yea paint or if its just faded wax and buff it .. i did mine with just turtle wax and a buffer and its dark and nice looking again.
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Might sound odd, but somewhere I read to try Mr. Clean Magic Erasure, so I gave it a try. Just water and the Mr. Clean, the top looked really tired and as I used it I was amazed. It pretty much looks new, not perfect but what a difference.
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I did it the easy but expensive way. I had the restoration specialist Body shop up the street paint it with Automotive paint Se looks great to my eye.

Four years ago now. She gets to live in a garage in her old age and that helps alot too.
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What's something like that cost, if you don't mind
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I gave them 500 Bucks. Like I said, "The expensive easy way!".
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I gave them 500 Bucks. Like I said, "The expensive easy way!".
There is a "Any car painted $399" shop just up the street. They were cheaper but I had to use the paint they had available. I wanted so be able to spec the originalChrysler paint code. And the place that did it also rebuilt and painted my hard doors and painted and installed a new molar tailgate. They do excellent work. One day I hope to be able to afford them doing the rest top to bottom.
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Buffed mine with a light scratch remover compound, didn't even have to wax it. When it needs it again I'll try the penetrol suggested here.
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Mine blew into trailer hitch during storm before I put it away for the summer so I had to go the paint route after the repair. There are several versions of the Krylon - look for the original semi-flat black that is now labeled as industrial.

Another option that car restorers use for many applications is SEM trim black - a bit more expensive per can but flows and blends extremely well. This is what I used about 5 years ago and looks great

OT - just reinstalled HT & full doors for the winter
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"Expensive" way also. Regular base coat clear coat.
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Anyone ever paint their hardtop? Mines starting to show its age and I want to freshen it up.

All suggestions are appreciated. Paint to use and steps for best success!

Thanks all
Yup here's a short slide show, it shows the paint I used. It was real cheap but I sold the Jeep a year later so I dont know how the paint is holding up. I used a scouring pad with grease and wax remover to prep it.
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"Expensive" way also. Regular base coat clear coat.
I see we are almost neighbors. I am in Fort Pierce.

I'd like to get the rest of my body repainted one of these days.
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I used that Rustoleum bed liner stuff in a spray can. IMO looks like it did from factory
I also used the rattle can bedliner and really liked the look. However, the texture left it almost impossible to wash/wipe down without leaving lint behind. So I went over the bedliner with rattle can Rustoleum premium black gloss, and I really love the way it came out....still has texture but with a slightly smooth/slightly shiny finish & feel to it. Going on 5 years now and no issues...good luck!!
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Did some Metalcloak fenders with Monstaliner. Stuff is awesome and is easy DIY. Prep the surface by sanding then roll it on.

Monstaliner do-it-yourself roll-on truck bed liner outperforms Herculiner Bed Liner, Duplicolor and Rustoleum Road Warrior

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