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Kevin Lynch
07-07-2015, 06:29 PM
Anyone know the best way for painting a crinkle top?

John ED Renstrom
07-07-2015, 06:45 PM
number one get drunk so you don't have any idea what your doing, oh ya best to have the car ready to go before that. then attack it with no purpose. keep in mind that it wrinkles by film thickness. so if you lay it down in a pattern as you would normal paint it will wrinkle more on the overlap. my first attempt on Jim's 66 came out looking like a checkerboard.

so open up the gun as wide as you can used as little of reducer as possible and go in circles every which way and don't be afraid to get a lot on.

if you step in the garage latter in the day and it has not wrinkled, don't get discouraged. park it out in the sun and as the rays hit it it will wrinkle.

it had not wrinkled on that 73 over night. I ran it outside the next day figuring on having to remove the paint and even though it was cold that morning as the sun hit it you could watch it wrinkle. kind of weird stuff.

Kevin Lynch
07-10-2015, 09:08 PM
Clarification: getting ready to sell the 72 and I'm just not happy with the consistency of the roof's appearance.
Thanks Ed...any more thoughts?

John ED Renstrom
07-11-2015, 11:21 AM
Dan H has the magic formula for renewing one. I know it one the site and a search will bring it up. but you have to know how to spell to use the search feature. in involves semi flat rust-oleum thinned to water and a brush. as I recall. it will even out the color but of course not the wrinkles. top needs to be cleaned and dry then just brush it on.

Dan Herrick
07-11-2015, 09:30 PM
Try this link:


John ED Renstrom
07-11-2015, 11:29 PM
thanks Dan I have not has the good fortune to have used it on anything glass and acetone. write that down. :o

Channing Spencer
07-12-2015, 01:17 AM
I would like to have my 59 Eureka landau crinkle coat brought up a notch...My '57 appears to be flat, not glossy. Was the '59 flat or glossy from the builder?
I would like to keep it looking like the builder intended.

Thanks in advance for any answers...

Martyn Donaldson
07-12-2015, 11:53 AM
Eureka's method of applying their crinkle finish resulted in a very low-gloss/satin sheen when new, but usually became flat-looking before too long.

John ED Renstrom
07-12-2015, 10:43 PM
they all used the same paint. the sun would fade them out very fast. if you use the trick it will bring it back to day one and keep it there. the problem with it was that the one they were uses dried vary pores water and dirt would penetrate it. this trick suckes into the top and restores the color plus fills the holes. i was vary surprised at Dans car one meet to the next.

Dieter Obeji
07-15-2015, 12:28 PM
Where can you get the actual crinkle paint? Restoring the old paint on my roof is not an option at this point.

James Shao
07-15-2015, 04:03 PM
I can't remember who posted it, but might have been Paul or Ed that the crinkle paint was a Maserati item

Dieter Obeji
07-15-2015, 04:09 PM
I know the Ferraris and Maseratis use it on the intakes and valve covers, but I was told someone has a formula for it. I've tried searching this site, but my phone won't let me use the search function.

Daniel Scully
07-15-2015, 04:32 PM
I can't remember who posted it, but might have been Paul or Ed that the crinkle paint was a Maserati item

That was me ,some pics of the 68 . Need to do some touch up but came out pretty good for a first try.

Dieter Obeji
07-15-2015, 04:47 PM
What's it called and where do you get it?

James Shao
07-15-2015, 08:36 PM
www.maseratinet.com and search crinkle paint

Dieter Obeji
07-15-2015, 08:55 PM
Thanks a lot. It's cheaper than I thought it would be. Does it have the same texture as the original? It's hard to tell in the pictures.

John ED Renstrom
07-15-2015, 09:02 PM
some one said they had it at summit in quarts. but I have not tried it from there yet. I have had good luck from these people

Daniel Scully
07-15-2015, 09:38 PM
Thanks a lot. It's cheaper than I thought it would be. Does it have the same texture as the original? It's hard to tell in the pictures.

I think each manufacture was little differnt ,but my 68 Superior had a fine texture and this was pretty close to the original top.

John ED Renstrom
07-16-2015, 09:33 PM
each time you spray it you will get a different texture. film thickness humidity drying time all would play a factor. the two I did looked as nice as any I have seen but as Dan said maybe a little finer texture. be sure and stir it till your arms are tired. one has to remember the manufactured process. is way different then back yard. they would be buying it bulk and have special guns that most likely sprayed it under presser with at least two guys doing it. you can't duplicate that with out the same set up.

Dieter Obeji
07-18-2015, 12:42 PM
Thanks for the advice. I'll give it a try and see how it comes out. How many cans does it take to do a full sized coach roof?

John ED Renstrom
07-18-2015, 09:22 PM
you will blow on at least 2 quarts. you only reduce it enough to get it to spray so depending on your equipment.

Dieter Obeji
07-20-2015, 02:28 AM
What if one wanted to paint it in a color other than red or black?

John ED Renstrom
07-20-2015, 03:18 PM
you are SOL. I don't think you could tint what is out there. I have seen them in green on a car and though color would be nice but that's all there is. the only other thing would be the line -x bed liner you get a good man on the gun and he can match the texture close. the can do that in any color. but it's a little more money the 50 bucks a qt.

Dieter Obeji
07-20-2015, 03:47 PM
I don't like the linex. It seems to trap moisture and cause rust just like a vinyl top, and it just doesn't look or feel right to me. The top I want to do right now is black anyway, but I was just curious.

Kevin Lynch
07-26-2015, 09:48 PM
Thanks everyone!!!!!