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Unread 07-27-2013, 11:27 AM   #1
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dropped hard top

Soooo, my hard top was dropped. This happened in the spring while removing it and was immediately put into the pretend it didnt happen part of my brain. So the back corner was compressed... no cracks running up and no damage to the side or windows, just about an inch or so of the back is dammaged.
Has any one ever dealt with this? Will it be an easy fix (do it myself) or should I bring it into a dodge dealer? or I've seen online that some people have brought it to boat repair shops (strange, but Ive seen stranger)??? and How costly do you think this will be?



Back ground on me... I'm fairly handy but have never worked with fiberglass at all and would have to buy most tools (moved accross the country and left pretty

I will definitely be more patient and wait for the appropriate friends to help next year!! So hard to wait!

oh and just in case... its a 2005 jeep and a factory top... I hear they arent made of straight fiberglass?

Thanks in advance. I'm still a baby when it comes to jeeps... wanted one since I was a kid, finally got this one a year ago. Lots to learn!

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Unread 07-27-2013, 11:30 AM   #2
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I'm halfway joking here, but there's a lot you can hide/fix with diamond plate aluminum and some rivets or bolts.
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Unread 07-27-2013, 12:12 PM   #3
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The hard tops are made of SMC, not fiberglass. With that said, I repaired my hard top with fiberglass resin jelly.

Bondo fiberglass resin jelly is the name of the product. I also mixed in diced up fiberglass mat to thicken it up. Follow the directions and apply liberally. Then use a sander or Dremel tool to remove the excess fiberglass and shape it accordingly. Then paint it. Easy breezy. :-)
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Unread 07-27-2013, 12:26 PM   #4
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Repaired a similar crack in mine with some 2-part epoxy. Used a dremel to open up the cracks, epoxied it, sanded and paint.
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Unread 07-28-2013, 10:05 AM   #5
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Thank you! Sounds like I can do it myself... As for it not being fibreglass... Guess you can't always believe what you read on the Internet
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Unread 07-28-2013, 10:20 AM   #6
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Thank you! Sounds like I can do it myself... As for it not being fibreglass... Guess you can't always believe what you read on the Internet
Keep digging with your internet search. There are a few that didn't believe they weren't fiberglass, repaired them with conventional fiberglass methods and then later had to recant their statements of easy peasy successful repair.

They are indeed manufactured from SMC and do require the use of SMC specific products and repair compounds which are typically not polyester based but instead, epoxy based.

Put another way, RTV silicone will stick to the steel body of your Jeep. You can tear up some steel wool, mix it up with some RTV and stuff it into the next dent you get, take a grinder to it and knock it down until it matches the contours, squirt some rattle can paint on it, but that don't mean you actually repaired it.
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