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Offline Helios

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Painted my top
« on: June 19, 2013, 09:23:44 AM »
I saw this video a few years back.

Painting Miata Convertible Canvas top from Tan to Black

I finally made the leap and did it because i hated the tan top. I used 4 cans of the Duplicolor flat black vinyl/fabric paint. I painted the rear part of the top first with the flaps up and trunk open. After it dried, I closed the trunk painted the outer parts of the flaps and the sides of the top up to where the seams are toward the middle. Lastly, i painted the middle section. It looks pretty good. The paint has made the top a little "hard" in texture. I'm hoping it'll soften up as it wears/ breaks in. Overall, I'm happy with the result and spent less than $100 in paint, tape, and masking paper vice $900 for a new top.
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Re: Painted my top
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2013, 09:28:00 AM »
Follow up on how it is holding up in a few months, please
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Re: Painted my top
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2013, 09:30:08 AM »
Sure thing, Critter.
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Re: Painted my top
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2013, 03:34:16 PM »
You just had to copy my Sky didn't ya?
:D

I think you made a good choice.  The Black IMHO looks better on the white.  The Tan top accents a dark paint well, but just seems out of place on the white.

This is also nice from a long term maintenance on our tops.   If the top has faded over the years, this can make it look brand new

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Re: Painted my top
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2013, 12:26:33 AM »
Wow! That looks fantastic. Great job!
 My favorite is the shot from the rear.
(That's usually the case with me though)
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Re: Painted my top
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2013, 09:39:54 AM »
I actually thought about painting it charcoal gray to be different, but I wanted to hide some of the defects that are in the top from the previous owner. Maybe when the black fades or I get tired of it, I'll revisit painting it the charcoal gray color.
The top has now gotten rained on for the past 3 days. It seems to be wearing in nicely. Some of the initial "hardness" is fading, but when I run my hand over it I can still pick up small specks of black. I might scrub the top when the car gets a wash to remove more of the loose particles. I'll probably add a water repellant at that time as well.
« Last Edit: June 20, 2013, 09:43:55 AM by Helios »
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Re: Painted my top
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2013, 12:42:21 AM »
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Re: Painted my top
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2013, 05:34:26 PM »
I think a dye would have been a better plan of attack.  I'd be willing to bet the look doesn't hold up.  For your sake though...I hope it does.

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Re: Painted my top
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2013, 09:02:52 PM »
Unless its a rubberized paint ,What will keep it from cracking with Hot and cold weather plus putting it ( up & down )
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Re: Painted my top
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2013, 07:03:34 AM »
So far the paint is holding up. The top has been raised and lowered numerous times. It has seen a number of rain storms here in South Carolina as well. I washed it two weeks ago and scrubbed the top with a hard bristle brush. Doing so "softened" the top a little bit and doesn't feel as course to the touch as when it was freshly painted. It does look like I may need to apply one or two more coats and brush it in as the scrub lightened it in color a little bit. I still believe this is an inexpensive, viable option instead of buying a $900 replacement.
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Re: Painted my top
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2014, 05:55:44 PM »
Any updates? How's it holding up?
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Re: Painted my top
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2014, 06:28:23 AM »
Yup. It's still holding up. I never did apply another coat of paint after the wash and scrub of the top I posted about last. I would definitely paint the top again instead of buying a new one if the only thing that's wrong is discoloration.
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