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Old October 20th, 2009, 04:20 PM
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Painting a Fiberglass Hard Top

Any thoughts, advice, or experiences?

Wanting to paint it black?

Thanks!!

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Old October 20th, 2009, 04:41 PM
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Before I permanently removed mine, I was thinking that having it covered with Line-X or similar would be better than painting / re-coloring. I'm not sure how much weight that would add, though.
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Old October 20th, 2009, 05:29 PM
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I had mine painted Beluga black and loved it. I always questioned wether the I should have painted the top white. it would keep it cooler and have a good look to it. I will send you pics in High res if you want to see what it would look like. If you want a real clean look put a gel coat on and take the tacky leather look out. the top scratched easy so the paint is not going to stay perfect. I think the gel coat would last better. the first pic is one that was at Copley I think that was Gel coated but not sure. The others are my top. oh if you go black get the new supercharger black and silver emblems. I sold the top last winter to an AA yellow it looked good on Yellow too.
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Old October 20th, 2009, 05:42 PM
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I sanded mine and used evercoat to fill the texture. When they baked the paint, the top got some pinholes in the glossy finish. I wasn't too bad though and all in all it was a good look. The fiberglass top still sux though.
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Old October 20th, 2009, 08:46 PM
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I repaired mine, sanded & gel coated inside and out, primed & painted Beluga Black.
I will take some pictures tommorow.
Best advice:
Sand with 120 grit
Gel Coat, sand with 180, 320
Primer
Base coat & clear
Yes I thought very hard about applying the "Super Charge" badges but just bought some new green oval again, I think it looks great.

I agree with Jim, the best is topless or a badger top.
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Old October 21st, 2009, 07:31 PM
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pictures as promised...
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Old October 21st, 2009, 07:35 PM
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Did you take the rubbers off or did you just mask around it?


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Old October 22nd, 2009, 06:58 AM
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I masked around them, you let the paint ride a 1/16th on top of the rubber...since it was black its okay
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Old June 29th, 2010, 12:25 AM
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gotta revive this thread as this is what I want to do with my top. But i have some questions.

What is this get coat and where do you buy it? Product brand names or labels available?

Did you guys lay the paint down with an hvlp and a compressor?

Where did you guys find the beluga specific paint?

Thanks!
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Old June 29th, 2010, 07:11 AM
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Here is some basic info to help get you started:

1. GelCoat was generic brand...
2. Painted with "DeVilbiss HVLP Gravity Feed Spray Gun"
3. Paint was "ValSpar" Paint Code for Beluga Black: LRC416
used:
"172" Urethane Medium Reducer
"999A" PVE Black
"AC4400" Base/Low VOC Multi-Purpose (Base Coat)
"HPC1" Activator/Omega
Clear Cloat
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Old June 29th, 2010, 02:44 PM
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I'll throw my two cents in. I just bought a hardtop this spring (thanks evilfij!), and repaired & repainted it. It was a very fun project & now it looks great. I kept the original gray colour. I took one of the panels to Home Depot & they scanned it & customed made a paint that is identical to original. I thought about spraying it, but they recommended one of those foam brushes. I took their advice & it was easy to paint & turned out fantastic. Great spring/summer project while throwing back some beers.
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Old September 10th, 2010, 05:13 PM
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Wade - do you have any pics of the before/after on your top? Wondering about the same sort of project.

If they're too big, you can email: found90 at me.com

Thanks!
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