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Unread 01-13-2002, 10:18 PM   #1
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Painting the Hardtop

hiya guys.. got the standard hardtop sickness of extremely oxidized gelcoat/paint. how would you guys go about repairing this. if it's gelcoat, would you get fiberglass stuff and recoat it? i'm considering that next time i take it off, hit it with a bit of sandpaper and give it the krylon touch. matte black of course. it probably wont last long.. but touchups should be easy. any hints for a lasting finish? the first guy that suggests using a electric buffer and polishing compound/fiberglass cleaner gets run over with my jeep.

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Unread 01-14-2002, 04:04 AM   #2
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Evil ,
Have you ever put armor all or any protectant on it ? If so you'll have to start buy chemical cleaning ( acetone ). Dont paint it with a can , please . You have nice jeep ( I'm assuming it is the one you did stereo install on )saw your pics . I do this type of work , so email me with your questions , or I'll meet you at gorman and we'll do some wheelin and talk about it .
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Unread 01-14-2002, 07:13 AM   #3
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I took my hard top to a local body shop and they painted it for about 75 bucks. It looks better than a factory paint job. If it scratches up you can buy touch up paint.
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Unread 01-14-2002, 12:07 PM   #4
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i didnt put armor all on it.. here's what i've tried..
(all with electric buffer)
meguiar's paint cleaner
turtle wax polishing compound
west marine fiberglass cleaner
z-best car wax cleaner and polish

these all made the top look decent for about a day.. then it was oxidized again the next day.
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Unread 01-14-2002, 12:08 PM   #5
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oh.. the top was this way when i got it (used) so the previous owner may have done armor all.. dammit..
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Unread 01-15-2002, 08:30 AM   #6
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Clean it, scuff it, shoot it.....

To clean it use a pre-paint/prep solvent for plastic/fiberglass...(SEM makes a prep/cleaner)

Scuff with a ScotchBrite pad and tack rag it,

Paint it with a flexible plastic/fiberglass paint like "SEM trim black" satin black finish.
If all done properly and to manufact. spec. your top will look great for YEARS.

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Unread 01-15-2002, 11:47 AM   #7
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where can i get this SEM paint?
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Unread 01-15-2002, 01:30 PM   #8
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At any Automotive paint supply house.

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Unread 01-15-2002, 01:33 PM   #9
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http://www.semproducts.com/

Check for local distributors
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Unread 01-16-2002, 03:24 PM   #10
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I wet sanded mine and painted it with some Rustoleum (not because I thought it would rust, but because somebody on this board recommended it for durability) and a small roller. After the primer and the first two coats looked alittle rough, but after the third it looks good enough for me and very durable.

You should be able to find my old post on it somewhere if you're interested.
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