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Old September 25th, 2007, 05:24 PM
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Painting Fiberglass Hard Tops

Have any of you all painted your fiberglass hard tops? I am looking at one and it has one hole in it that I would need to fix. But after that I would like to pain the top inside and out black. The gray look okay but I think the black would look a lot better. So, how hard is it to take out the glass (or should I just tape it off) and paint these?
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Old September 25th, 2007, 06:00 PM
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glass comes out easy.

back in is another matter.
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Old September 25th, 2007, 06:04 PM
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Here are the relevant threads:

First one abouting painting fiberglass tops:
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=5448

this one about reinstalling the glass:
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=12472

The glass goes back in super EZ with the tool, but is unholy hell without it. Its only 20 bucks.
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Old September 25th, 2007, 08:40 PM
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I painted one alpine white and it came out very well. After a couple years, there were very small areas along one or two edges where the paint was scrapped off, but as long as you treated it gently no problems.
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Old September 25th, 2007, 09:50 PM
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Why buy one you have to patch and paint, when you can buy a perfectly great one from me that needs no work.

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Old September 25th, 2007, 10:31 PM
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If you want to leave it textured or don't mind all the wet sanding and buffing you could gelcoat it. That would probably hold up better than paint too.
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Old September 26th, 2007, 12:51 AM
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Had mine professionally painted about eight years ago and it looked great and has held up well.
That is until Hurricane Wilma had her way with it,and tore it up a bit. The sides are body color {AAyellow}and the roof is white, so it looks like a staion wagon.Very cool. I would recomend doing that rather than painting it black.
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Old September 26th, 2007, 01:17 AM
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Old September 26th, 2007, 02:16 AM
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I thought about that, doing the body color (monza red) with the alpine white top. But with this bright red I think the black would look good too. If I do buy this top I have a friend who is a professional auto painter and I would have him spray it from me, it would only cost me the price of the paint.. It just seems like the black would be easier, I don't have to get monza red and match it to the current paint..

Have any of you all used the genuine touch up paint in the rattle cans to paint yours?
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Old September 26th, 2007, 03:48 AM
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I live on Maui and purchased my AA Yellow D90 form Portland Or in 2002. The Fiberglass top was painted black when I picked it up at the docks. (I knew it was painted and had concerns). It has been in the elements non stop. The windows and badging were removed. The paint job is quality work...unfortunately I do not know what was done. HOWEVER I can say I often wish the top were not black.....IT IS TO DAMN HOT !!!!! The paint is holding up very well and I cannot justify repainting to yellow sides with a white top yet.....BUT if it peels, cracks or bubbles I will change colors ASAP because the black smoking hot !! What I am saying is It is possible to paint the top. It can last, I would not paint it black. Hope this helps

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There are actually pix here, really, its not a joke. The search function is brilliant-

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=5448
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Does anyone have pictures of one painted black?
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There are actually pix here, really, its not a joke. The search function is brilliant-

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=5448
Yeah Yeah Yeah...Someone else PM'd me the link last night!
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Regarding Al's comments about the black painted top being very hot.........................The white roof on mine keeps the truck very cool,even in the Florida heat.Being in the South as well,you really might want to consider body color/white roof.I had the door tops painted body color as well,looks great.
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Old September 27th, 2007, 08:19 PM
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How about matching the body color like Jim did (sweet sweet sweet) and painting the roof with a big Union Jack to pay respects to her roots. That's what I was thinking of doing to mine but I can't stand all the creaks and cracks and noises when it's on. I was thinking of laying it down in storage and buying a Badger and running it all year long.
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Black on black

It does get a bit hot
here is a pic.
I had the top Professionally rebuilt after it had both sides broken and top cracked on each side. the repair came out great. I painted it to cover up the patches. I like the painted top better though.
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Old September 30th, 2007, 12:50 AM
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That black looks good on the black truck.

I think if I do buy this top and get around to painting it I'll go the body color with the white top. I think it looks really good that way...

Thanks for all the help.
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I debated the white top. still debating it actually. It would keep the truck a bit cooler than it is now.
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The white top would give the truck nice contrast.
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I have got a question. How many colors did the fiberglass top come in, when it was available from Landrover? In some pictures the tops look dark grey almost black and in other pictures the tops look a like a lighter shade of grey.
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