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Help: Hardtop Paint

Hey all,

I was just wondering if any of you have tried painting the outer shell of the jk hardtop? I'm thinking of using plastic adhering paint like 'Krylon: Fusion for Plastic' but curious if the stock tops are coated in anything that might need to be stripped off or sanded down.

I found a lot of forums on painting the inside but couldn't find one for the outer shell.

trying to go for the tank/tan tj look

Thank you!
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Hey all,

I was just wondering if any of you have tried painting the outer shell of the jk hardtop? I'm thinking of using plastic adhering paint like 'Krylon: Fusion for Plastic' but curious if the stock tops are coated in anything that might need to be stripped off or sanded down.

I found a lot of forums on painting the inside but couldn't find one for the outer shell.

trying to go for the tank/tan tj look

Thank you!
I've painted part of my hard top, and there's nothing special about the top material.
It paints about the same as gel coated fiberglass if that tells you anything.
I prep with a Scotch Brite pad and Windex, then wipe it down with a clean microfiber cloth.
You can do "more classy" prep. if you want, but my "farmer/ghetto" prep. has never let me down.

As for paint:
Regular Krylon works great (haven't tried Fusion). Just know that it'll go to shit in about 2 years and need a scuff and re-shoot.
If you want to avoid the duty cycle of rattle-can paint, you have to step up to catalyzed paint.
I'm cool with the spray bomb route and a bit of maintenance, but you may want to to "pro".

Here's a bit of my bullshit that may be helpful:


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. . .

Pick a card . . . any card . . .
Got a pack of cards you don't mind trashing? This absolutely kicks ass to mask off the rubber gasket on the hard top come rattle can time.
A few months back, I realized that my white Krylon job (good for 2 years in the sun) was 3+ years old.
That pretty much explained why the white area of the top was looking beat to shit and whitewashing the sides of the hard top.


Brang fahhhrrrrkin' noo! 3 coats of satin bright white and (I went fancy this time) 2 coats of satin clear over the white part of the top.


Shoulda' just turned the fawkin' top inside-out:
At the same time part of the factory black was re-painted white, the factory white was painted black (I wasn't just bored, there is a reason)


The inside of the top was better looking finished in white, but with the satin black I don't end up seeing it when driving. <-- SAFER ARE GOODER


Paint inside the top is the same SEM flexible urethane I use on the rims before every trip to indicate what needs a-checkin' after rocks kiss them


. . .
Hope that helps ya' figger out yer' paintin' plan.

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Hey all,

I was just wondering if any of you have tried painting the outer shell of the jk hardtop? I'm thinking of using plastic adhering paint like 'Krylon: Fusion for Plastic' but curious if the stock tops are coated in anything that might need to be stripped off or sanded down.

I found a lot of forums on painting the inside but couldn't find one for the outer shell.

trying to go for the tank/tan tj look

Thank you!
I've painted part of my hard top, and there's nothing special about the top material.
It paints about the same as gel coated fiberglass if that tells you anything.
I prep with a Scotch Brite pad and Windex, then wipe it down with a clean microfiber cloth.
You can do "more classy" prep. if you want, but my "farmer/ghetto" prep. has never let me down.

As for paint:
Regular Krylon works great (haven't tried Fusion). Just know that it'll go to shit in about 2 years and need a scuff and re-shoot.
If you want to avoid the duty cycle of rattle-can paint, you have to step up to catalyzed paint.
I'm cool with the spray bomb route and a bit of maintenance, but you may want to to "pro".

Here's a bit of my bullshit that may be helpful:


Quote:
Originally Posted by ExWrench View Post
. . .

Pick a card . . . any card . . .
Got a pack of cards you don't mind trashing? This absolutely kicks ass to mask off the rubber gasket on the hard top come rattle can time.
A few months back, I realized that my white Krylon job (good for 2 years in the sun) was 3+ years old.
That pretty much explained why the white area of the top was looking beat to shit and whitewashing the sides of the hard top.


Brang fahhhrrrrkin' noo! 3 coats of satin bright white and (I went fancy this time) 2 coats of satin clear over the white part of the top.


Shoulda' just turned the fawkin' top inside-out:
At the same time part of the factory black was re-painted white, the factory white was painted black (I wasn't just bored, there is a reason)


The inside of the top was better looking finished in white, but with the satin black I don't end up seeing it when driving. <-- SAFER ARE GOODER


Paint inside the top is the same SEM flexible urethane I use on the rims before every trip to indicate what needs a-checkin' after rocks kiss them

. . .
Hope that helps ya' figger out yer' paintin' plan.
thanks for the write up exwrench! i think i'll try the rattle can route too
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x2 on rattle canning the top. I rattle canned the inside of the top and changed it from white to black. That worked great and no problems with paint adhesion.


As for the outside, I just keep that the stock color and touch up scratches with the Mopar hard top paint. It is well matched to the top and is a good match on the Teraflex tailgate hinge as well.
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I had my hardtop painted to match the tub at a body shop with Mopar paint. One thing to consider is that if you are looking for an exact match it will be hard to get with the black plastic. Mine is a shade or two darker than the tub.

I believe the factory color matched hardtops are gray plastic underneath.
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I've painted part of my hard top, and there's nothing special about the top material.
It paints about the same as gel coated fiberglass if that tells you anything.
I prep with a Scotch Brite pad and Windex, then wipe it down with a clean microfiber cloth.
You can do "more classy" prep. if you want, but my "farmer/ghetto" prep. has never let me down.

As for paint:
Regular Krylon works great (haven't tried Fusion). Just know that it'll go to shit in about 2 years and need a scuff and re-shoot.
If you want to avoid the duty cycle of rattle-can paint, you have to step up to catalyzed paint.
I'm cool with the spray bomb route and a bit of maintenance, but you may want to to "pro".

Here's a bit of my bullshit that may be helpful:




Hope that helps ya' figger out yer' paintin' plan.
I forgot you ran that top white ; one of the 1st conversations we had was about the heat and temp reduction you got with that,Ex. I never did paint mine. Now(trektopNX) it sits under tarp out back on sawhorses so I've just readded this to my Spring list of stuff to copy from your brilliant collection of mods,sir....


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thanks for the write up exwrench! i think i'll try the rattle can route too
Glad to help! If you're careful with your prep. and painting, it'll look professional.

If you re-prep. and re-shoot before it gets chalky (about 2 years), it'll continue to look professional.


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. . . I've just readded this to my Spring list of stuff to copy from your brilliant collection of mods,sir....
"Brilliant" may be a bit of a stretch, but thanks j3ff3ry! You will notice the heat reduction.

Also, with a white roof and dark body (at least in California):
Stoners will get outta' the fast lane for ya' when you go rippin' up behind 'em 'cuz they'll think you're a cop

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