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post #1 of 5 Old 06-30-2013, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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Hardtop Paint (Epoxy vs Urethane)

There seams to me hundreds of posts online about painting a hardtop. Rattle can vs spray gun vs roll on vs bedliner etc etc. I have done quite a bit of searching, but I am having trouble deciding what would be a good, easy option. Epoxy (single stage?) vs urethane seam to be the two options most use. Please excuse my ignorance on this, but the numerous options are confusing me. I purchased a gravity fed paint gun and this will be my first time using it.

Any recommendations as far as paint type?
Do I need to thin it?
Should I use a primer? I have read certain types do not require one.
Clear coat? (If so, I do not want it glossy/shiny)

I'm looking for what would be easiest for me.

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-30-2013, 09:20 AM
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I bought a quart of rustoleum black semigloss enamel and sprayed it with the hvlp gun. Turned out great and has held up really well. The top is rough enough that it does not look that shiny.
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-30-2013, 10:53 AM
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I won't suggest what paint to use but I'll tell you what the Jeep factory used and recommend according to their Workshop Manual #M.R.255. You could go to a paint supply shop and ask for the equivalent.

As per manual:

Wash the top with mild soap and water solution.

Scuff sand the surface with a 3M Scotch Brite Pad.

Wash the top with a wax and grease remover (Ditziers DX-330 Acryli-clean, Dupont Prep-Sol or equivalent).

Apply two single wet coats of Ditzlers Epoxy Chromate Primer DP-40/401 per labeled instructions.

Color coat the surface with semi-gloss acrylic lacquer.

NOTE: If the top is repaired and the texture has been removed, a texture additive such as Ditzlers DX-1507 can be added to the paint and applied to the repaired area.

That's how it's done and that's how it's written.

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Originally Posted by MrWonderful73 View Post
I bought a quart of rustoleum black semigloss enamel and sprayed it with the hvlp gun. Turned out great and has held up really well. The top is rough enough that it does not look that shiny.
Same here. It looks right.
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