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  • Painted Interior Hardtop and Freedom Tops

    Just wanted to post a pic of my painted hardtop and freedom tops. I used spray can bedliner from Lowes and will be adding hothead headliners to the hardtop later today. I really hated the white interior(I have a tank green JKU)...plus it got so dirty so fast. Either way, I really like the way it turned out. What do you think?
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  • #2
    I like it a lot, had a coupe quick questions:

    1. Did you remove the latches and everything or just tape off?
    2. What did you do to the surface for prep?

    I'm really thinking about doing this to mine before next winter when i put the hardtop back on.
    Jeff

    2013 Sahara
    AEV 2.5 XT lift, front/rear bumpers, hood, argent Pintlers, 315/70/17 Duratracs

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    • #3
      Looks great. I have thought about it but prefer the white to lighten it up the interior.

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      • #4
        That looks fantastic!! GREAT job!! We use the DEI Boom Mats and I have been very happy with them.

        Ben
        Ben Hedrick
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        HEDRICK Speedsports

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jwilson2598 View Post
          I like it a lot, had a coupe quick questions:

          1. Did you remove the latches and everything or just tape off?
          2. What did you do to the surface for prep?

          I'm really thinking about doing this to mine before next winter when i put the hardtop back on.
          Did you remove the latches and everything or just tape off?
          I took the latches of the front T-tops(very easy to remove). As for the back hardtop (unconnected the back window struts from the inside of the hardtop so that i could paint underneath where they connected. Layed the window back and then taped brown paper bags over it. I taped off the side windows(used brown lawn bag for that also so that i didn't have to use so much tape, unconnected the back windshield wiper and electrical switches and taped those off. Put small rolled up tape in any screw holes. Other than that, not really that much more. Then went to town on the painting. Did the T-tops one day and the hardtop the next(let it all sit a couple days)...Added the headliners after 2 days. Take your time, i had a couple issues with runs on the sides but thats just because i wasn't taking my time..i quickly wiped them and because you are using bedliner...you can paint over and then really can't tell the difference. I'm happy with the way it turned out.

          2. What did you do to the surface for prep?
          I didn't really do anything but wipe it down with a wet rag and let dry....with using bedliner...you are gonna get a tacky outcome so its not like you have a perfect canvas. And if you get any dings or scratches in the future...pull out the spray can and hit it real quick. I'm sure i could of done more maybe, but i didn't. The headliners cover a lot of the area themselves( i got headliners for ttops, back and sides of hardtop).
          Last edited by avettbrothers; 04-19-2016, 06:29 AM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by PeteEinMT View Post
            Looks great. I have thought about it but prefer the white to lighten it up the interior.
            that's true...the black makes it much darker now of course...but that white just didn't go with mine. i have a tank green JKU and everything else on it is black. Not a fan of the white and it got dirty so easy.

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            • #7
              Yes mine is Sahara tan so white works

              Pete

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              • #8
                Looks great! I agree, the white gets dirty quick and needs a good solvent to clean. Have you reinstalled the top yet? How does the paint on the latching surface hold of against the rubbing of the latch mechanism?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by AnthonyJ View Post
                  Looks great! I agree, the white gets dirty quick and needs a good solvent to clean. Have you reinstalled the top yet? How does the paint on the latching surface hold of against the rubbing of the latch mechanism?
                  I'm sure some of the paint will wear off in certain area's where top meets the jeep or latches....I have no problem with that as those area's won't really be seen. And touch ups are super easy with bedliner....I can hit it a couple times of year with touch-ups if need be.

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                  • #10
                    Nice job! I've had other jeep owners in my jeep and they all have commented how much nicer the painted interior hardtop is over stock.

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                    • #11
                      Really nice job. I don't have my soft top anymore so this can probably not be a 1 day job?!?!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Stephane87 View Post
                        Really nice job. I don't have my soft top anymore so this can probably not be a 1 day job?!?!
                        Took me 2 days but only because I started late on a Friday with the T-tops..and I wanted to see how they would dry. The next day I did the hardtop and let it sit a day. I rode to work on Monday with my wife...by Monday night, I threw the top back on...it smelled of paint for a couple days...but all good now.

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                        • #13
                          Great work man! I just did mine this weekend. We used denatured alchohol to clean them then scotch bright to rough them up a little primed and painted flat black. SOOO much better. My exterior is red and black the white top looked out of place. It was worth the work.

                          I am curious about your head liners do they make it quieter or cooler, or maybe both. Who makes them, and are you happy with them?

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                          • #14
                            I'm also curious to know that if painting it made it quieter.
                            Keep Calm and Crawl On!

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