Originally Posted by extremebiker
How much sanding did you do to prep the hardtop before painting it and lining it. This build thread is incredible though. Thank you for your hard work.
No a whole lot. I like the textured surface on the outside. Just enough to scuff it so the primer would have something to sink into and bond with. Same thing for the inside.
I've since sold this Jeep, but the hardtop was one of the big selling points. I further sealed the lip on the windshield with this dark brown putty from Lowes that's used to seal around windows. It did a great job and all but silenced the wind on the road. The liner also did a great job at reinforcing the top itself and insulating outside sound. After it was lined the hardtop would no reverberate on the highway at high speeds.
Glad I'm able to help. This was a really fun project that I had to put some effort into as most of these parts are no longer in production. I can't recommend going with as much stainless steel hardware as possible too. All of the screws and bolts on mine were rotten when I got the hardtop. Jeep obviously didn't do a good job sourcing corrosion resistant hardware for their hardtops as every one I've seen has some kind if rust going on.
This is what it looked like when I sold it. It held up great after 3 years of use. I'm sure it's holding up fine as I really took my time making sure everything was done right with the best materials.