I wasn't judging it based on the chip in the top. But I was judging that they let that top leave their factory in that condition (i.e., the poor finish around the window as originally discussed). But that heavy texture is an easy way to mask other imperfections in the manufacturing process.The simple fact that is made in a one-piece and not a panel configuration, also has a heavier texture, whether you want to say it is a popcorn ceiling is an opinion and not a fact, the interior and headliner are better, even in pictures, these things all put it line than being a better top than the OEM version. If the OEM version was of such superior quality, then you would not have people on their 2nd and 3rd tops.
I would not judge one ill-fated painted top on the entirety of what the company quality of the top will be. While looking at Ford's quality, the facts speak for themselves in how MIC top has been done.
Yes, clearly there are those who have had issues with their OEM hard tops. My only issue is that I couldn't get it in white. I believe that the OEM hard top issues were mostly in the beginning and have reduced over time such that I'll bet they are rare and what we hear is the amplification of the uncommon issues, much like this Anderson top is getting a lot of negative attention.
My pockets aren't deep enough to shell out large sums, as when I look at mine (or when anyone else does), one can't really tell what it's made out of. And as long as mine does the job, neither do I care. I would be interested in some real tests about noise levels, though in my experience, the headliner isn't going to be any real factor there. It's the noise coming between the panels from outside that is most significant. I played around with some foam cords and got confirmation on that. But then again, maybe since I have the OEM headliner, that's already cutting out other sources of noise and the wind is all I have left to mitigate.