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Old May 15th, 2005, 05:08 PM
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Painted Hard Top

I went and had the hard top painted. I wasnt a big fan of the grey, the leather grain, or the big cracks. I fixed the damage, sanded the finish off, used some body filler, and had the top painted.

Looking at the result, the top panel was very porous and didnt take the paint well in some parts and there are pinholes in the finish. If I was doing it again, I would apply resin all over the top and then sand that down, either that or get coat it.

Either way, I'm pretty happy with the result. The worst part by far was getting the glass back in after painting.
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Old May 15th, 2005, 06:29 PM
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looks great--nice job.
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Old May 15th, 2005, 07:54 PM
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That looks great Jim. Possibly the only AA Yellow wagon around. Looks so good with the white top too! Congrats!
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Old May 15th, 2005, 08:35 PM
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Great job Jim! I really like the white top as well!

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Old May 16th, 2005, 08:16 PM
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Nice job Jim! Do you plan on taking it off? I'm wondering how the paint would hold up to the abuse of bending to remove.
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Old May 16th, 2005, 08:40 PM
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Nicely done.

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Old May 16th, 2005, 09:41 PM
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I'm going to leave the top on for awhile since we're moving this summer, but really, the top doesnt have to flex that much to take it on and off. Of course it flexes because its not rigid, but it just drops into place without much twisting and prying.

One thing I did when prepping the top for paint was to round off and taper the edges on the joint where the roof and side panels join at the roll-bar penetration above the rear door. From the factory, this joint is very difficult to fit because the square edges of the panels interfere. Now that they are shaped and painted, they slide nicely into position.

I'm also hoping that the paint will protect the fiberglass from UV damage somewhat and prevent the brittleness that seems to affect the older hardtops.

Follow-up Post:

On looking again, I would like to rephrase "pentration above the rear door" to "that one place where the roll bar goes through the top." I don't want anyone to think I've been hanging out with Pendy's sheep.
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Old May 18th, 2005, 06:28 PM
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Soooo, that last comment - when are the curtains going up?
Should be real interesting watching all the other D90s driving in reverse around you next time y'all are off in the woods.

Seriously, looks sharp. I like the white on yellow like that
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Old May 19th, 2005, 12:26 PM
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Looks nice. I really wish they could have offered a removeable top in aluminum instead of fiberglass.
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Old November 22nd, 2005, 11:29 PM
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Hey Jim,

Will the top fit a 1994 Defender 90? If so I would like to buy it. Drop me an email if it isn't sold and we can work out the arrangements.

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Old November 23rd, 2005, 09:49 AM
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Tom,
the top will fit a 94 but you wiill have to modify the side panels near the diagonal cage supports as the 94 cage is different than the 95.
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Jim , If Tom dosn't want it I may be able to buy it. emale me your price. Im in Southern CA.

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