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painting a hard top

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by chevyjeff, Jul 28, 2004.

  1. chevyjeff

    chevyjeff 1/2 ton status

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    going to paint the old hardtop next weekend. going to pull it of the blazer and use a roller and a rattle can /forums/images/graemlins/pimp1.gif
    what paint or coating have you guys used to paint yours?
    I am looking for a low gloss black finish that will stand up to the texas heat
     
  2. sickquad

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    I rolled on bed liner, looks real good.

    -Chris
     
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    low gloss black

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    texas heat

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    Not to be a smartass or anything... But you're basically proposing to put a solar oven on your K5.

    Anyhoo, if you want the finish to be smooth (probably not, since you're using low-gloss) you'll need to smooth the surface of the top. Scuff-sand with 220-grit paper, clean real good, then apply a couple coats of Bondo to smooth it out. Sand, prime, then paint to your heart's content.
     
  4. clubba68

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    Here is a close up pick of my hardtop that I rattle canned flat black.
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    And here is one from the rear. You can see the color that the top used to be on the lift gate.
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    As you can see from the inside color, I have not had a chance to take the top off to paint the inside yet. It has held up well for the last year.
     
  5. k-5 jimmy fan

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    going to paint the old hardtop next weekend. going to pull it of the blazer and use a roller and a rattle can /forums/images/graemlins/pimp1.gif
    what paint or coating have you guys used to paint yours?
    I am looking for a low gloss black finish that will stand up to the texas heat

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    Wife came up with our two hour total painting solution. Left hard top on, cleaned very well several times, taped & draped with Visqueen. Used a sponge, the Wally World rattle can automotive paint was sprayed directly onto the sponge, then dabbed on. One initial application with a follow up second coat two days later made for a durable pseudo baked hard finish. ( 100+teens ambient here in AZ desert)

    It did a great job & looks gooood, for as we all know, the crinkly FG finish is not finicky.
     

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