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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-25-2000, 11:42 AM
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Hardtop- Repainting

Just wondering what process anyone went through to repaint an older hardtop? I figured just clean the top and repaint? That all.. What paint works best? Will Rattle Can Hold Up?

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Re: Hardtop- Repainting

Two years ago I used DupliColor Truck and Bed paint, #205, Flat Black. It held up well in that time. It has a semi "wrinkled" finish as it sprays on to help blend in with the older CJ7's rough texture surface. I am planning this year to again refurbish the top using Hammerite paint. I'll use the "Hammered Charcoal" color. That stuff, once it cures is harder than nails... I can hardly wait to complete the project. I think it will look very, very nice.

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Re: Hardtop- Repainting

i first tried regular rattle can paint...but the paint seemed to just get absorbed by the fibers of fiberglass.....

i later used marine fiberglass paint...works well... i've only gotten around to doing the inside...outside is still ugly [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img]..

i also assume a bedliner type paint would work.....i think i might look OK since its flat balck and durable as heck

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Re: Hardtop- Repainting

I thought of a higher gloss black?

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I would recomend using a fiberglass system paint. I have worked with fiberglass for a number of years, if you use a hard paint on fiberglass it will, over the years spider web crack and end up being more work than it worth. A rattle can flat black should work fine because it goes on thin and will flex. West Marine has some real good systems available for fiberglass, check them out, they have a nice web site.

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Re: Hardtop- Repainting

Hey , Im a painter for one, you can use a polyurethane and use some flex agent like for the new plastic bumpers on todays cars and it will hold up quite nicely. I would seal it first with a good sealer, your local auto paint store should be able to help you with that part . If you have access to a paint gun and booth. I`m not sure of your local VOC laws. but you might be able to get away doing it out side. The paint that I spray is a sign paint but it is just one step down from automotive (Grip Gard) the plant or wherehouse is in Norcross Ga. . They also have a texture additive that would look great on your top. sorry its long but I know my stuff. I`ve painted my jeep with it and it holds up great

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Re: Hardtop- Repainting

Hey -

Based on my recent experience with Durabak, I would think that that stuff would be the ticket for a Jeep Hardtop - seems extremely Durable and would give the right texture as well - anyone tried it?

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I just did mine a couple months ago, and used metalic blue auto paint to match my CJ. Turned out real nice, but it's a lot of work to sand the old paint and fiberglass smooth.
I used an electric sander, primered it twice, and then my grandpa shot it with his spray gun. So far it seems to be holding up to the snow and everything.

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Re: Hardtop- Repainting

Planning on getting an air compressor and sand the old paint off and smooth it out.. Which primer should I use? How many coats? Then I'd rather use some rattle can black high gloss or flat? What does everyone think..

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Re: Hardtop- Repainting

I have repainted two different tops with rattle can paint. The first one I did with a plain jane brand of flat black, it didn't turn out the way that I hoped it would so I went to a paint and body friend of mine and asked what I should do. He said for me to buy some Scotchbrite pads and rough up the entire top then clean it well and use a Krylon brand semi-flat black in a rattle can.
I did the second one just the way he said and it turned out looking like a factory paint job and it has lasted very well for over a year now.

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