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Unread 01-30-2014, 01:00 AM   #1
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paint a tj hard top

does anyone have a good write up on how to paint a wrangler tj hard top?
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I have a tan hard top on a 1998 tj, it's in really nice shape and everything on it works, wiper, defrost, washer. I'm planning on painting it but thought asking is worth a try. I need a black one. No cracks, or anything like that on it. I can be emailed. I could meet half way if within a few hundred miles.

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Unread 01-30-2014, 01:15 AM   #2
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Just scuff it a bit and paint it with rock gaurd will last for ever my last hard top was pained with rock gaurd but I broke it haha got another one that was factory black
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Unread 01-30-2014, 02:23 AM   #3
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Might be able to sand it and use Monstaliner.
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Unread 01-30-2014, 03:11 AM   #4
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This can give you an idea- http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/pa...te-up-1184417/
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This is what I used when I painted mine. Turned out real nice.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Unread 01-30-2014, 06:09 PM   #6
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Sand it so that all painted surfaces are scuffed. Wash it with soap and water. Let it dry. Wipe it down with alcohol wipes. Paint it. I used krylon fusion satin black. I absolutely love it. You can't tell it was a rattle can job at all. I can't recommend it enough. image-766571335.jpg
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Blubarru2002, your top looks great. Did you just sand it by hand? What grit? I've never painted a car part but need to paint my aging tan/spice hard top, too, so I'm a little nervous.
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Blubarru2002, your top looks great. Did you just sand it by hand? What grit? I've never painted a car part but need to paint my aging tan/spice hard top, too, so I'm a little nervous.
We sanded it with a friends air compressor. We used an air compressor orbital sanding attachment. I can't remember the grit count number. You just want to scuff it up enough that the paint will adhere to the surface.

My hardtop still looks great. Take your time with the prep and paint work.
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I once painted a tan top black using exterior house paint from Walmart.that was three years ago and it still looks good.
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I just pressure washed mine, then cleaned with rubbing alcohol. I like the rough look of the bed liner. I have not had any problems about chipping or peeling and i go through lots of brush.
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I painted mine a matte black. Scuff sanded it, wiped it down with acetone and sprayed it with Dupicolor. I already had a spray gun. Rattle can would probably work, but might need some touching up every now and then.
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We just used black semi-gloss from Autozone; forget the brand. Has held up very well here in the desert sun... Ours was faded tan as well.
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Painting my hardtop was a great mod. Cleaned the top with soap, rinsed twice. Next sanded with 220-300 grit to scuff allll the surfaces and then rinsed down twice again. Should be able to dry top with a paper towel and have the paper towel come out clean.
I used a semigloss black krylon fusion with no topcoat, it does get a little scuffed from roadside branches, but will be very simple to touch up. Check out the LJ build in my signature for a full step by step and pictures.
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does anyone have a good write up on how to paint a wrangler tj hard top?
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I have a tan hard top on a 1998 tj, it's in really nice shape and everything on it works, wiper, defrost, washer. I'm planning on painting it but thought asking is worth a try. I need a black one. No cracks, or anything like that on it. I can be emailed. I could meet half way if within a few hundred miles.
I just washed mine and used penetrol to recondition it so to speak. Here's a before and after. Sorry for the sideway pic there, I'll see if I can take a better "after" picture in the sun this weekend.
Before:
hardtop-before.jpeg

After:
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