Hardtop Painting Part #3

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Hardtop Painting

Part #3


I bought another hardtop today.  I needed one to paint Evolution Orange.  


Why are all the hardtops that are sold RED?  All the hardtops I have bought have been red.  Not really a problem, but why?  I was once told that all Miatas were green.  They must have been wrong!


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Anyway, this one has no defroster or insulation on the roof.  It does have a couple of things I will change and or fix so it looks like my other ones.


The rubber seal around the back of the top had red paint on it.  So, I used some lacquer thinner and a pen knife to remove it.  Rubbing it with some thinner on a rag then scraping with the knife blade removed 99% of the paint.  Now it looks good.


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I also found a small crack on the passenger side corner at the door pillar.  I used some epoxy to fill and glue the crack.


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The rear black trim had cracked into three pieces and the corner trim pieces were missing, or broken so I ordered new parts to go back with.  More expense, but I got the top at a good price.


There is also some minor paint chipping along the rear trim, but since the trim has been removed the paint can be sanded and feathered.


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The two front latches do not catch as they should.  I will have to fix them, but the side latches are working fine.  


I will paint the top Evolution Orange when the car is painted so the paint should match better than doing it at a later date.



 


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