Originally Posted by turpehar
I would recommend single stage if not metallic. Two stage if metallic. If it's ease you are going for, then Raptor would be your friend. It would kill resale value. But if you plan to keep it and wheel, why not.
This is good stuff.
I have used Raptor in the past when I had a hard top YJ. The raptor was easy to use and looked fantastic after it was sprayed. It had an orange peel like "finish", which wasnt very aggressive (plus), but I hear that it doesnt flex well (minus). I have heard good things about monstaliner, but havent used it. I have a quart of it, but went a different direction on the project I was going to use it for so it's still untested/proven by me.
Where I do wheel has low lying branches. After I painted my YJ (single stage acrylic enamel), the first time I took it out, it scratched the paint deep enough that I couldnt buff it out (as the single stage clear was so thin...). This led me to say I would hard line my next jeep so I never had to worry about it.
However, I have heard several negatives about using hard liner for the entire exterior. Hard to clean, doesn't flex well, if you "chip" it it's hard to replace...just to name a few. Going with a traditional two stage paint means I could lay on the clear and buff out any scratches for awhile...but this isn't a permanent solution.
Ultimately, I'd like to hear peoples experiences with using hard line for an entire vehicle. I have also thought of doing a half-half set up. Such as hardlining the lower parts of the vehicle, etc. However, my experience on the trail was that my hood suffered the brunt of most scraps from brush/branches.
Of course, I just want to do it once and not have to paint it again.