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Unread 08-29-2008, 08:48 PM   #1
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Painting jeep hardtop

I know this has been beaten to death but im thinking of spraying my hardtop black tomorrow. i was thinking of using the same paint i painted the jeep with, valspar tractor enamel gloss black. will the gloss look bad?

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Unread 08-29-2008, 09:43 PM   #2
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Have you thought about using Herculiner or Durabak?
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Unread 08-29-2008, 09:53 PM   #3
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I used Krylon Fusion. Cleaned the hardtop. Acetone and then a tack cloth. Took three cans and it looks almost like my wife's hardtop for her JK. Used a satin finish if I remember right.
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Unread 08-29-2008, 10:11 PM   #4
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you just do light coats with the krylon? when ever i spary black paint you can always see the spray lines
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The cheapest way to get a significant power increase over a stock 2.5l, would be to pull it out and put in a 5hp briggs & stratton engine.
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Unread 08-29-2008, 10:16 PM   #5
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Yeah, light coats. I definitely took my time and didn't rush it. Bought one of those trigger sprayers for the spray can and spent the day in the paint booth (garage).
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Son's - 1992 XJ, White. 6cyl 4.0L, auto, 3" Rusty's Lift, 31x10.5x15
RIP - 93 YJ Hot Pink - 6cyl 4.0L AX-15, 3.5 BDS Lift, 32x11.50x15
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Unread 08-29-2008, 10:29 PM   #6
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alright, i got the trigger and a garage, ill give that a shot. what did you do for prep?
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The cheapest way to get a significant power increase over a stock 2.5l, would be to pull it out and put in a 5hp briggs & stratton engine.
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Unread 08-29-2008, 10:40 PM   #7
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If memory serves me,

I cleaned the hardtop and dried it real well.
Lightly sanded it with a scotch brite pad. It was a brown one from AutoZone in their paint department.
Blew the dust off with my air compressor.
Let it sit for a while in the garage to settle and dust.
Used a tack cloth (AutoZone as well) all over it.
Masked the glass with green tape and newspaper.
Used a second tack cloth where my hands may have touched the hard top.
Started spraying the top and and then sides like you would with a paint gun.
Lots of strokes releasing the trigger while still using a spraying motion. (Followed the instructions on the can regarding drying times.)
Repeated until I went through three cans of Krylon.

Take your time and be sure to prep.
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Daughter's - 1997 TJ Sport, White, 6cyl 4.0L, manual 5 speed - stock
Son's - 1992 XJ, White. 6cyl 4.0L, auto, 3" Rusty's Lift, 31x10.5x15
RIP - 93 YJ Hot Pink - 6cyl 4.0L AX-15, 3.5 BDS Lift, 32x11.50x15
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Unread 08-29-2008, 10:46 PM   #8
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If you do a search of the forum, goatboy had a write up that talked about painting a hardtop. I used most of his write up for painting my hardtop. My hardtop didn't require any fiberglass repair which probably saved me.
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Daughter's - 1997 TJ Sport, White, 6cyl 4.0L, manual 5 speed - stock
Son's - 1992 XJ, White. 6cyl 4.0L, auto, 3" Rusty's Lift, 31x10.5x15
RIP - 93 YJ Hot Pink - 6cyl 4.0L AX-15, 3.5 BDS Lift, 32x11.50x15
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