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Old 05-18-2013, 09:27 PM   #1
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Paint on the hinges bubbling

Went naked the other fay for the first time this year. As I was putting the doors back on I noticed that the paint on the hinges was starting to bubble. Anyone else have this issue? Took it to the dealership and after a week I called to check on it. I was told that they were waiting to hear from Chrysler about rust on the door under the hinge. Three days later I was told "tomorrow" it would be ready. Tomorrow comes and I called to check and was told that there was dust in the paint and that it would be ready "tomorrow". Again tomorrow came and as I am pulling into the lot, the phone rings. It's the body shop calling to tell me there is a chip in the new paint. On closer inspection it wasn't a chip some knucklehead got a little too eager with a buffer. Makes for a VERY unhappy camper.

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Old 05-18-2013, 11:07 PM   #2
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I literally just saw this exact same thing on my door hinges! I have a 2012 that I have owned or exactly 1 year. I was furious today. Did the dealership give you any trouble when you brought it in regarding wanting to repair it?

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Noticed the same thing on my 2010.
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:52 PM   #4
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common problem on jk models. dealers will just repaint and will happen again after warranty. many take hinges off and bedline them. problem solved.
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:52 PM   #5
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Noticed the same thing on my 2010.
I wonder why it issued popping up on the hinges. How is moisture getting in there?
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:32 AM   #6
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It's not moisture. It's because the door is steel and the hinge is aluminum. Theirs no paint between them and when the two metals touch, it causes oxidation.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:37 AM   #7
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Common on all wranglers. Google "mirror mod"
It's a small hole drilled in the mirror base that lets water out and prevent its from streaming down over the hinges.
From what I understand it works well.

Fwiw ... My hinges are a mess. Planning to bedline at some point.
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:46 AM   #8
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Tape them off and Bedline them, simple as that...
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:01 AM   #9
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Bedliner is my plan if it pops up again. Dealership didn't give me any problems when I first went in to ask about it. It was maddening however with the mistakes made, all of which were avoidable.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:23 AM   #10
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It's corrosion, not a paint problem. My pass front side has it. So does one of the hood hinges.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:58 AM   #11
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I'm pretty sure a TSB has been put out on this and will be fixed FOC.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:12 AM   #12
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I'm pretty sure a TSB has been put out on this and will be fixed FOC.
TSB was out for this in late 07-08 due to improper metal prep used at the factory. Mine were re-done 3 years ago under warranty and problem has not recurred.
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:21 AM   #13
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Reviving this thread. Just noticed paint bubbling up on my driver side front door top hinge. Barely a year old. 2012 JKUR. I have a list of things that need to be addressed so Ill add it to the list and take it in soon.
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Reviving this thread. Just noticed paint bubbling up on my driver side front door top hinge. Barely a year old. 2012 JKUR. I have a list of things that need to be addressed so Ill add it to the list and take it in soon.
Glad you brought it up again. I have the same problem on the same door. It's the same vehicle and same age as well. Let us know how it goes when you bring it in.
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:23 AM   #15
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On my 2009 2dr all the door hinges bubbled and both hood hinges too.
As long as its in the 3yr bumper to bumper warranty they'll fix it.
The body shop did a great job on mine.
Otherwise u can bedline, paint, plastidip or cover them with hinge covers.
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i just had my drivers side door repainted, and they made sure to paint door and hindge then assemble it so there is a layer of paint between the parts.
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On my 2009 2dr all the door hinges bubbled and both hood hinges too.
As long as its in the 3yr bumper to bumper warranty they'll fix it.
The body shop did a great job on mine.
Otherwise u can bedline, paint, plastidip or cover them with hinge covers.


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Paint on outer panels should be warrantied for 5 years or 100,000 miles so guys who are out of your 3 year 36 warranty dont give up yet.
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:45 AM   #18
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My 2008 had it on all hinges when I bought it. When the wife returns to the States in a couple of weeks, I'm going over to the autoshop to use their airhammer to remove all hinges and re-finish. It is corrosion. I don't trust the dealers in the US, let alone the ones in Belgium. I'll fix it and it will be done right.
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Paint on outer panels should be warrantied for 5 years or 100,000 miles so guys who are out of your 3 year 36 warranty dont give up yet.
Good to know.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:37 PM   #20
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Galvanic corrosion.

Two dissimilar metals can become an anode/cathode combination and with the addition of slightly acidic rain, corrosion and bubbling of the paint can occur.

The Navy has it all the time with their aluminum hulled ships and steel propulsion shafts.
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Paint on outer panels should be warrantied for 5 years or 100,000 miles so guys who are out of your 3 year 36 warranty dont give up yet.

Anti-corrosion perforation limited warranty..

Hinges would have to bubble to the point there was a hole through..
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Anti-corrosion perforation limited warranty..

Hinges would have to bubble to the point there was a hole through..
This is why I got mine fixed with in the 3 year warranty period.
The door hinges were bubbling, while very minor, while it was brand new on the dealership lot. I had them put into the service history that I have pointed out the problem upon purchase. Good thing I did because after 2 yrs the bubbling was real bad. And they did try to deny my claim, fortunately my service advisor was on my side, plus the complaint on the service record. I also pointed out to the service manager that perforation or not, that I am in the 3yr bumper to bumper warranty period, this is a defect and I demand it be fixed.
I think you'll have more fire power on your side if you're in the 3yr warranty period and insist on it being repaired. It's an expensive repair job, because it is labor intensive, especially if they do it correctly, and Daytona Dodge auto mall body shop did an excellent job.
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Old 05-13-2014, 11:29 PM   #23
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Just noticed bubbling on my passenger front door at the top of the hinge. Confirmed the hinge is aluminium, and it's not rusting. The dealer took a few photos and my hinge has been approved for repairs. It looks like two more hinges may be starting to have issues too, but they are ok for now.
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Old 05-14-2014, 11:20 AM   #24
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If you have others starting, don't wait. When I had mine done, the dealer tried to tell me a couple of them were ok. They also had to repaint the doors because the metal under the hinge had started to rust which would lead to the dame problem again. Then they misaligned the doors which caused a leak that wasn't there before. All is good now but as a friendly caution, CHECK THE DEALERS WORK CAREFULLY.
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Mike had this problem on his 2013, when it was about nine months old. Eight of the ten hinges on his JKU were all bubbling. Took in to the dealer and they had to photograph and send in to Chrysler for approval. Took about 48 hours to get approval back.

Dropped the jeep off for two or three days. They had to remove the hinges from the jeep, sandblast, repaint, clear coat and reinstall. They also touched up a small ding that he had on one of the frame hinges from reinstalling the doors one time. It still looks good today.

But now I am obsessive about checking ALL the hinges on BOTH jeeps every time we wash them. I don't want it to happen again and be out of warranty...
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Yep same issue here. Wondering if Plastidip as a primer then paint over that would solve the issue? I assume this is a cathodic issue between dissimilar metals?
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Old 05-14-2014, 01:51 PM   #27
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Captain, you are correct. Aluminum and steel don't mix. If mine do it again, I think I will just sand and dip them. That look is growing on me.
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Old 05-14-2014, 02:46 PM   #28
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My 2012 JK had/has this. I noticed it memorial day last year. Brought it in, got it back with paint lines around all hinges. Brought it back, they made it worse. Brought it in a 3rd time and they stripped both doors down and the hinges, primed everything then put them back on and did the final paint coats. Last I checked on of the 4 hings has started again. Its bi-metallic corrosion from putting an aluminum hinge on a steel body without paint. Once the rust is impregnated into the cast aluminum hinge you are pretty much out of luck from what I have been told. Next step is some black stainless steel hinges.
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I have a '12 JKUR Winter Chill. I had all the door and hood hinges redone in Oct '13 due to bubbling while under warranty and now the bubbling is happening again on the door hinges. This is my first Jeep and it's been quite an adventure between replacing a head, water pump and this issue all under 2 yrs of buying it.
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Seems like we could spray plastidip on the back side of the hinge and essentially make a custom gasket? Wouldn't that isolate the metals and stop the problem?

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