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Old 05-13-2010, 11:59 PM   #1
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Hood Paint... Bad?

Hey guys so I just bought my 97 TJ and have a question about it's paint. Overall it's in immaculate shape but the paint on the hood has developed these small little x's all over it. Almost looks like really thin snow flakes coating it.. and the paint has started to fade by the window corner on the hood on the passenger side. Is this known to happen? any solutions? thank you

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Old 05-14-2010, 07:29 AM   #2
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Pretty sure it's fairly common in the early TJ for the clear to crackle. Don't really know of a way to fix it short of repainting. You can probably make it look better with a nice polishing and waxing/glazing, but it's just temporary.


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Old 05-14-2010, 07:44 AM   #3
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mine is the same way. but probably worse. sun killed it before i bought it. im waiting to get a new paint job. only thing thats going to make this one right.
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Mine has something similar...they called it "chicken feet"...it's actually cracks in the paint. It needs to be repainted as eventually it's going to begin to flake off. It's typically caused by improper conditions in which it was painted at the factory...dust on the parts, improper temperature, improper humidity, etc. Mine is just my hood and cowl panel and I figure I can live with it until it starts to flake off and then I'll fix it.

If it's in the clear coat only...take it to a body shop and I think it's fixable without fully repainting it. Might even be something they can buff out. If it's in the paint like mine is, the only fix is to sand and repaint.
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Old 05-14-2010, 07:45 AM   #5
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My 2000 has the same. You have to either live with it, or paint the hood. Color match is no problem these days and with no body damage (dings, dents etc.) you should be able to get it fixed under a couple of hundred bucks. I'm pretty sure it's mostly cause by engine heat.
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Old 05-14-2010, 07:55 AM   #6
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Same here. Paint cracked. Waxing and polishing didn't make it better, made it look worse. Not sure if a recoat would do it or if the old needs to be stripped off. Take it to a local paint shop and get a quote, see what they say.
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'02 with the same problem. You can't repair the clear coat, the paint underneath is to thin. Adding another layer of clear over the top won't work either since it's a problem with the original clear coat adhearing to the paint. The only solution is to repaint the entire hood. I've chosen to live with it until it actually starts flaking, then I'll decide.
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Old 05-15-2010, 12:41 AM   #8
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wow guys, Thank you all for the great info! That's what I figured. I'll live with it for now because it's honestly not to noticeable since I keep it so clean but when it starts to chip im gonna re-paint it. This was my first post on this site and I love it! You guys are just as great as my last car website. (tahoeyukonforum.com). I appreciate it
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Old 05-17-2010, 02:02 PM   #9
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Repaint it. Don't worry about body damage either, it is a Jeep, not a Jaguar.

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Old 05-17-2010, 03:01 PM   #10
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The Rock's haven't been kind to that hood.
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Old 05-19-2010, 01:46 PM   #11
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You kidding me? That is the GOOD hood.
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Old 08-22-2011, 04:22 PM   #12
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i need help on mine! Anyone know if re-doing the clearcoat will do the job?

Left part is the hood im trying to fix and the right is right before the hood, how the paint job is SUPPOSED to look like.
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Old 08-22-2011, 05:06 PM   #13
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same thing on my 97. Next to the window its got small specks all over. on the hood and fenders its actually flaking off. i just walk by and flick it about every week. I dont care much. just the clear coat. I want it all flat black one of these days anyways. Im just getting a head start with the sanding. lol
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It's called gator skin. It's not delamination.
It's from previous paint work. Too thick with the paint, and it does this.

Usually from multiple repaints and/or bad prep on a repaint.

Only correct way to repair it is to take it down to the metal, prime/seal, paint.

Newer type paint, like base coat/clear coat, do not bond like the old lacquers did.
They pretty much float on each other. If you do not prep the damaged finish properly, or you lay the paint on too thick what happens is the paint doesn't adhere, and it fractures where it starts loosing it's bond.

Delamination is a similar failure, but on a larger scale. It comes from waiting too long between primer/base coat and or base coat/ clear coat. Same failure due to poor adhesion. For example back in the late 80's early 90's I repaired hundreds of delams.
Same failure, and mostly GM and Chrysler products, the primer had set up before the base coat was applied. The base never adhered to the primer, and the clear was along for the ride. All it took was one stone chip and it was game on. Moisture got under the paint, and away it went in sheets. Most of the time instead of sanding the paint off, we'd just hit em with the pressure washer or an air hose. It would remove 80 to 90% of the paint and leave the primer. Then it was sand the primer to metal and start over. And you had to do it all, edges/lips etc. If you didn't they would let go, and you'd be doing the whole job over again for free.

And don't think for a minute that you never had paint work done on your Jeep, or any other vehicle for that matter. They got redone at the factory, shipping terminals, and dealers, all the time.

Heck when I retired in 08, GM was skimping so much on paint, we were shooting cars every day. Pretty painted cars, with gray door jambs, trunk jambs, and fenders jambs, from the lack of paint. They shot enough paint to make it look some what close, but no where near enough to actually cover the primer underneath.
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My '97 has been doing this for years, it started looking pretty bad this year. Waxing it seemed to make it worse as the wax would build up in the cracks and ma them appear white. I rattle canned a black stripe on the hood to get rid of some of it (and to practice for repainting the the whole Jeep some day). I also got some color matched spray paint and clear from automotivetouchup.com and re painted the grille. Looks 90% better, I think next spring will be a new complete paint job.
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:20 AM   #17
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Thanks guys!

Thanks everyone for answering my questions. Looks like im about to start a new project! This will be my first time clearing and re-doing a paint job. I'll start with the hood. Looks easier and good for practice. Thanks again everyone.

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