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post #1 of 7 Old 07-10-2009, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Just Got Faded Hard Top-need Painting Assistance

Yeah- Just Bought A Steelhorse Hard Top- Of Course It Is Faded Pretty Bad- What Is Best Approach For Prep, Painting Methods, Paint, Etc??

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post #2 of 7 Old 07-10-2009, 08:22 PM
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i assume its fiberglass? either way its doesnt really change the prep. sand with 180 grit paper to remove all the paint. Prime.....sand...prime...sand...blah blah blah until it looks perfect. then paint.
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-10-2009, 10:39 PM
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Gelcoat might be a way to go, lots of prep work though.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-11-2009, 02:48 PM
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If the only problem is fading, then try using some Penetrol on it first. It's a paint additive and fiberglass conditioner that is available at your local Lowes for like $10 a can.

Search the forums for Penetrol and you will find tons of posts about being using it on their hardtops and sometimes flares. I was debating painting my hardtop awhile back, but decided to try some Penetrol first. It came out really great and I never ended up painting it. Very easy application: Rub on with a clean cloth, wait 5 minutes or so, and wipe off any excess.

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post #5 of 7 Old 10-21-2009, 09:21 AM
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Yes penetrol is the way to go! I just did mine after it sat outside under a tree all summer and it turne out great
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-21-2009, 11:25 AM
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I would go with Penetrol if its just fading. Otherwise, fiberglass filler any dings dents, prime and paint. Their is a write-up under articles - http://articles.jeepforum.com/How_to:_Paint_a_hard_top

Came out pretty good considering he used spray cans.
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-05-2010, 06:41 PM
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Rhino line it! Rhino everything!! I swear to god, in the spring I'm getting my whole interior rhino'd.. then the next time I have enough cash I'm gonna get the frame rhino'd! I may pull the wheels off and do the inside of my wheel wells too!
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