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Greetings. I am a long term Ford fan and have rebuilt several EB Broncos but am new to the Full Size Broncos. I just got my first FSB and am looking for some parts or guidance.

In this thread I am looking for anyone with suggestions for top paint. My all red Bronco top painted has fainted and I am considering painting it black instead. Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Hey,

I just painted mine this weekend with Monstaliner. It's tint-able if you want a different color. Since mine was a black and tan EB, I used what monstaliner calls Jeep spice. I used a epoxy primer after prepping the top. Then rolled the topcoats on. I bought a gallon but I only used about half. It comes with textured rollers and finishes out with a pebble grain.
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If you're talking about the bed topper then they are a pain to paint due to their texture and the material they're made out of. I have seen it generally advised to just get another one that's in the condition/color you want because they are often considered scrap and can be gotten for very cheap or even free from people who don't have a use for them anymore.

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Yo BigSwedeBronco,
Painting info; 1 DO NOT use chemical stripper (I was stripping the entire truck) it's made of SMC(sheet molded compound) and the texture is sprayed on 2 Dont use a DA. You'll sand the splatter pattern off it 3 Scuff it with red scuff pads (3M) 4 Seal with epoxy primer (I used PPG DP-40) 5)Paint, but mix with the desired amount (25-30%) of flattening agent (PPG DX685 - this stuff is weird/smells bad but works; unshaken/unstirred it looks like a sticky golf ball soaking in what I perceive elephant *** would look like). Too much flattening agent and the top will become chalky after a few yews and too little makes it look funny (too glossy). My truck is the newer '98 Expedition white (paint code YZ maybe). I used PPG, DAU product line on this one. If you do this is how I mixed: Color (DAU)16oz; Hardener(DU2)16 oz; Flattener(DX685)10oz (up to 12); Reducer 1.5- 2 oz. The PPG DX685 Chart on the cut sheet is helpful on other PPG lines; Form P-162 (9/96)..."
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The red scotchbrite @miesk5 referenced is 3m number 7447. Its considered a 'fine' grit. Works great for light paint removal or prep. I like the green too, but its rougher, more for stripping paint.

My topper was painted by the PO in 2002. They used an automotive finish, in a gloss charcoal color. Its 15 yrars later and it only has one chip in it, near the tailgate area on the corner edge of the topper.

Edit: my paint job was done at Dave and Swede's in Pueblo, CO

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Great help thanks guys!!!!
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If you're talking about the bed topper then they are a pain to paint due to their texture and the material they're made out of. I have seen it generally advised to just get another one that's in the condition/color you want because they are often considered scrap and can be gotten for very cheap or even free from people who don't have a use for them anymore.
Actually replacement tops are extremely expensive if you can even find one. Last bronco I had before my 1990 had a tree fall on the hard top and it cracked. It was cheaper to replace with a soft top than get another hard top.

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Love the tips, All, esp @miesk5 . Will be doing my cap next year.

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Actually replacement tops are extremely expensive if you can even find one. Last bronco I had before my 1990 had a tree fall on the hard top and it cracked. It was cheaper to replace with a soft top than get another hard top.

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Ive seen them for sale on craiglist anywhere from $500 to FREE. Just depends on location. City folk often price them higher

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Greetings. I am a long term Ford fan and have rebuilt several EB Broncos but am new to the Full Size Broncos. I just got my first FSB and am looking for some parts or guidance.

In this thread I am looking for anyone with suggestions for top paint. My all red Bronco top painted has fainted and I am considering painting it black instead. Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
The previous owner of mine painted the top in safety orange bed liner. It was terrible. I covered it with black camo paint while deciding on a final color. I ended up painting it with Raptor Liner charcoal. The texture is very close to the stock texture and so far, it's been bulletproof. I do a lot of driving through overgrown brush/low hanging limbs.

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After 2 coats. Needed 3 for full coverage.

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Here is my top after painting it. It's roll on so the paint roller makes the texture
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nice tips, my shell is looking like it needs a paint job itself, I had been curious about this. Being a noob one question I'm curious about, he stated that he had worked with EB ones and this is his first full size? Whats the difference?

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nice tips, my shell is looking like it needs a paint job itself, I had been curious about this. Being a noob one question I'm curious about, he stated that he had worked with EB ones and this is his first full size? Whats the difference?
First gen Broncos....(many use EB for early Bronco vs later model Eddie Bauer ) were built from 1966-1977.
'78-'96 were dubbed "full size".
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First gen Broncos....(many use EB for early Bronco vs later model Eddie Bauer ) were built from 1966-1977.
'78-'96 were dubbed "full size".
makes sense! I was thinking Eddie Bauer.

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My first resto was a '75. God I miss that truck. I didn't have a hard top, and lived in Denver at the time. Rolled on 35's, what a great truck. Named it Gato Blanco because it had already been rolled and burned before I got it, and my exhaust shop set the inside on fire while welding underneath on my freshly painted beauty.

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My first resto was a '75. God I miss that truck. I didn't have a hard top, and lived in Denver at the time. Rolled on 35's, what a great truck. Named it Gato Blanco because it had already been rolled and burned before I got it, and my exhaust shop set the inside on fire while welding underneath on my freshly painted beauty.

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DAMN, that sux.
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Heres the best pic i have of mine. You can see the gloss finish in spots the sun is reflecting. The top was not sanded super smooth, so some texture shows through, but not very much. By having a texture, i assume it was never wet sanded between coats. The same paint was used on the flares, and it is holding up just as well after almost 15 years.


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I posted several hardtops on craigslist for free and never got a bite.
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I posted several hardtops on craigslist for free and never got a bite.
That's unbelievable. I was thinking about getting one just to modify. They want about $100 around here.

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