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    I have a tan hardtop on my white TJ. I want to paint it black and do it myself. Does anyone know of a good link with instructions on how to do this? In addition, my hardtop has a 4 inch crack on it running from the door to the window. I am also looking for advice on how to repair that. I appreciate any help. Thanks

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    never done it before but you should beable to fix it with fiberglass, its not to hard to work with. For the paint you could use Krylon paint sand the top down well blow it off with an airgun and clean it with Acetone and just use real light coats.
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    You can paint the top, just like any vehicle. Prep it, tape it, shoot it.

    I did my CJ hardtop a few years ago, came out great, still looks great.

    Wash:


    Tape:


    Paint:


    Used the same paint, for the door interior panels:
    Before:


    After:


    Damn, my CJ looked good back then!


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    Looks really good. What type of paint is the best and where should I buy it? What prep work needs to be done other than sanding and taping? Thanks for the help!

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    go to napa for your extras. sand paper, tac rags and I would also get some degreaser/wax remover for a wipe down after sanding. ugh some tape andpaper for covering windows also. news paper wont work they bleed through.
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    I didn't do much sanding, as the surface is 'rough', but I did use a good degreasing wash, and light sanding after primer, and wiped with degreaser (made for paint prep) tac rag is a good idea also.

    Any auto paint will work, on my top, I used Rust-O-Leum, in the quart 'brush on style' can, thinned it with Naptha, and sprayed it with a gun.


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    I have heard that marine grade paint adheres best to the fiberglass.
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    I had a little argument with a tree this fall, and ended up with a crack in the top on my JK. Fixed it with a fiberglass repair kit from Auto Zone, then painted it with Krylon Fusion paint. The original top had a matt finish, but I used gloss paint, did the whole top, and I think it looks better. The Fusion paint comes in both matt and gloss at WallyWorld. I used three cans. The repair looked odd arter sanding, so I got an old toothbrush, dipped it in paint, and spackled the area to give it the same texture as the rest of the top. Don't look too bad, and only cost about 40 bucks.

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    Epoxy works well for small repairs. I used marine fiberglass paint on mine, worked great.

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    A lot of them time, you can go into your local auto parts place and ask their input. They should know their products and be able to give you recommendations on what works well together and what products don't work well together. As far as the crack, from what I have read, you need to stop the crack from spreading before trying to repair over it. IIRC, most people recommend that you drill a small through hole at each end of the crack to stop it from spreading. Then, you prep and apply the fiberglass according to the instructions. After the fiberglass repair cures, just prep the top and paint.
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