So here is the hardtop after a couple coats of black paint. (See the prep article a couple posts down.) Doesn't look good yet. I had originally bought some Mazda paint code PZ Brilliant Black paint online, but much to my chagrin, one can of it was not enough to cover the top. I ended up going to Pep Boyz and buying a couple cans of Duplicolor universal black and two cans of their clear coat as well. I did a quick wet-sand with 600 grit paper of the black base I had already put down and then put down 3 more coats of color.
And here it is with about 3 more coats of black on it and three coats of clear. It's somewhat glossy, but is not going to come to full fruition until I wet sand and buff it. But I think it's going to end up looking just fine. Not bad for a $30 rattle can job. By the time this is over I will probably have 10 or 12 hours of labor in it, but this is a hobby for me and the time spent is not lost.
HERE is the third post about painting my hardtop.