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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-09-2012, 02:25 AM Thread Starter
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hard top paint

Need to repaint my hardtop. The PO painted over the original spice color with black and then later on silver, now its flaking off and looks absolutely awful. Wanted to know what would be the best paint to use on the fiberglass? Going to try to get as much of the old paint off and get down to the original fiberglass without damaging it.
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Yeah, if it's flaking, you are going to have to get the old paint off. I'd go with a semi gloss enamel. My pal painted a metal hard top with a mechanical sprayer, it started spitting and I liked the texture. It looked like Moroccan leather.

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The word "Best" is subjective. Just what do you really want?
  • How much work are you willing to do?
  • Will you do the work?
  • Will someone else do the work?
  • Do you have the tools if you're going to do it yourself?
  • Do you have the knowledge to paint the top, if you're going to do it yourself?
  • What's your budget?
  • Are you looking for something that will last on a trail ride with rock-outcroppings, limbs and branches hitting it, or perhaps looking good in a parking lot?
  • What are you environmental concerns for the type of paint used?
  • Do you want to prime/paint/top coat, or remove any of the three from the mix?
  • How about colors?
  • That will affect stuff.
  • Do you want UV resistant paint.
  • How long do you expect the paint to last?
  • Are you going to remove the windows when you paint it,
  • or tape it off?
  • Are you going to attempt to do any crack repair (if necessary) before the paint is applied?
  • Do you intend on keeping the rough texture, and
  • if so, will that be demanded of the paint?
  • Do you expect the new paint job to be easily touched up?
  • What about protective coats like waxing, etc.?
  • Will the top coat require rubbing out?
  • Have you consulted your local boat shop or
  • Marine Paint supply that's good with fiberglass painting?
Just stuff to think about

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Wow LEVE. My wife says, I get a beer in my hand and "study" a job too long before I do it, but I believe you got me beat.

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If yours is not an aftermarket top, I doubt that it is fiberglass. What Iíve seen on factory tops seems to be a double wall formed plastic. If it is fiberglass, use care not to sand through the gelcoat.

I painted a halftop 10 years ago and it is still holding up well.

Since the repaint on yours is flaking, you need to remove all of it.

I would suggest NOT removing the factory paint, assuming it is not flaking. It will serve as a good base for your new paint to stick to. If you do remove the original factory paint, you may want to look into an adhesion promoter.

A good paint job required good preparation. My halftop was in factory paint. I sanded with an electric sander and some spots by hand just enough to scuff the old paint well. After the sanding, all the dust needs to be removed with a tack cloth.

If you are mixing your own paint, you may need to add a flex agent. I painted mine with rattle can Rustoleum. I think I used 3 coats to cover the black with a spice color, alternating the spray pattern 90 degrees on each coat.

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