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Unread 05-11-2014, 10:39 PM   #1
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Painting hardtop question

Hey guys, found a great deal on a hardtop in my area for the jk,the hardtop is painted the dark red color and mine is silver so I would like to paint the top black so it would look good on my jeep. What would be the best way to paint the already painted hardtop? Should I sand it down? Use regular paint or a bed liner like raptor line? I see people doing this to their already fiberglass black hardtop, m just unsure about this since it's already painted, Thanks for any help !



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Unread 05-11-2014, 11:47 PM   #2
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Scuff it up. Clean it well. Mask it off. Prime it twice. Then paint.
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Unread 05-12-2014, 07:43 AM   #3
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Clean it first with some detergent soap then use a red scotch brite pad and some comet cleanser and scrub the heck outta it. Be sure to mask off the window seals first so you dont scratch them up. Rinse it off, dry it off well using compressed air being sure to get all the water out of the seals. Once dry, mask off the windows, etc. Now if your gonna raptor line it just go straight to the liner. If your gonna paint it i would definitely put a coat of sealer down then proceed with your base/ clear Topcoat. Be sure to tack off the surface before sealing and after the base has dried before you clear coat.
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Unread 05-12-2014, 10:59 AM   #4
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Would you recommend the raptor line, just because it wouldn't require extra coats and would protect it better, or should I use just paint ?


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Unread 05-12-2014, 01:54 PM   #5
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I like the textured look of the raptor liner. It is tougher than paint
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Unread 05-12-2014, 02:39 PM   #6
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@kemperelder

The most time will be spent cleaning and prepping the surface for paint..or repainting. Scuffing the surface is nothing more that taking a scotch bite pad and apply a gentle even swirl motion over the surface area. You're just scuffing the surface to accept the paint/bed liner and not sanding it down completely. The Scotch bite will however leave derbies over the surface of the top and will have to be cleaned or "tac-cloth". The raptor Lining is an acceptable alternative, But again one must prep the surface. As stated above.. the bed liner will have a semi rough or texture feel about it.. and can be very durable.. because the top is based on a plastic or fiber type mold, its very similar to that of already/pre-painted fenders via the Sahara.
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Unread 05-13-2014, 08:08 AM   #7
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^Agree. It's all about the prep work.
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Unread 05-13-2014, 08:33 AM   #8
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I really find it hard to believe that not many here have never built model cars before.. one must realize that the jeep hobby is an extension of that model car hobby just on a grander scale. Sounds weird.. but One should take up model car building first before jumping into bigger projects.. or at least find a scrap hood, fender etc just to test on before the screw up the real deal, But after seeing how they are repainting the wheels etc with plasti-dip.. I guess anything is possible..
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Thanks guys, the deal ended up falling through, guy decided he didn't want to sell, but thanks for all the help and replies


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Unread 05-15-2014, 08:41 AM   #10
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Thanks guys, the deal ended up falling through, guy decided he didn't want to sell, but thanks for all the help and replies


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Well that stinks it fell through

But on a serious note..swirve gave the best advice here for the work
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I really find it hard to believe that not many here have never built model cars before.. one must realize that the jeep hobby is an extension of that model car hobby just on a grander scale. Sounds weird.. but One should take up model car building first before jumping into bigger projects.. or at least find a scrap hood, fender etc just to test on before the screw up the real deal, But after seeing how they are repainting the wheels etc with plasti-dip.. I guess anything is possible..
Building model cars have nothing to do with real auto paint and body work..unless you are going to rattle can a paint job that will only last a short time and look like a rattle can job.
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Building and painting models at a young age does offer allot when dealing with issue in life down the adult road.. What one has learn then, can be used and even suitable for current "Grander Scale" models and the jeep or any car/truck for that matter does fit into the Grander scale of things. Perhaps I didn't clarify or itemize the full extent of what needed to be done when repainting his hard top.. Somethings are best left to those who need to learn and left to experience as in the doing so.. or they need to take a course at the local community college..
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