How did you get the texture for a Hardtop refurbish?
I repaired my cracked Hardtop with grinding the crack down and filling it with layers of glass and Resin and will sand it smooth tonight, My question is how do you get that factory rough texture back? I plan to paint the top inside and out a flat off White. Should I roll it on? What paints brands have you all used and how much did it take? I wouldn't think it would use more than a quart.
I copied a post I submitted below on how the factory Body Service Manual says how to paint and repair below.
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.
Im going to try fiberglass filler on some bad spots and krylon fusion nut meg to get mine original. ill prolly do it befor the 1st of nov. Im rebuilding my hard doors this weekend hopfully and use some aircraft stripper to remove that nast tint on the windows.
I have the same issue with a YJ top that I'm going to repair. I did some glass work on my CJ top and don't like how the repairs are smooth and the rest of the top has that texure. I was thinking of trying the spray on bedliner stuff. I had used it as a cheap cover on the inside of my old cj tub and it came out pretty good. I just bought a couple cheap cans of the stuff at Advance and it looked good on the tub; I'm going to try the same thing on the top.
As far as paint, the last two tops I bought I painted with Rustoleum gloss black. I just cleaned the top real well and rolled it on with a small roller. The outside is easy, the inside I had to put the top upside down on the ground to get to everything. You'll use less than a quart to apply a few coats.
I'm not sure how well this method would work on the top but it worked well for the door portion that mimics the top. Can't think of the name but it was a decal and they're kind of salty. I took a rattle can of the "chip guard" stuff that you use for the rocker panels and sprayed the door area, then top coated it with the matching color for the top.
I've also heard suggested to use a roller with a thick nap to apply the paint, but I'd think it would almost have to be the paint with no thinner added to get the right viscosity to keep the texture standing.
Yeah that's what I bought, Its what the 3M texture is, Its 3M Rocker Panel Spray #8889 Gray and is designed to be top-coated. I called my jeep dealership's body shop and this is what they use to restore factory texture. Note: Its pricey stuff @ $44.70 per can. Although they say it will only take 1 can and goes along way. I will keep you updated on how it works, going camping with the boy scouts tonight but will get started on it again Monday.
The 3M rocker panel spray worked great. And the one can did the entire top (Outside) and over all the repair areas inside to blend them in.
I am very pleased with the final results. I wasn't building a show car just a decent daily driver and I couldn't be happier with it. The top coat is Rustoleum Semi Gloss white (Outside) and inside Rustoleum Leather white which is virtually a perfect match for factory color.
I wish I would have taken a picture of how bad it was cracked and broken before as it had 2 areas I had to rebuild from scratch. The inner lip where the back bolt goes through was completely broke off and missing so I had to form it from scratch and then also a chunk over the right rear. It was itchy but worth it and just in time for 18 degree weather here in Missouri. Fresh with new seals and gaskets its good to go.