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Old 08-22-2013, 09:42 AM   #1
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Paint is busted on '97 TJ, what to do....

So I have a '97 TJ, Sahara in black, with about 82K original miles on it and it's in desperate need of a paint job. The hood has completely deteriorated and I'm looking at fixing the rig back to new. However, everything I've heard/seen, I'm going to need to throw down about 2k on a paint job to get back to factory black. I do like the look of some of the bedliner coats I've seen, but have also read mixed reviews about doing this. I've also been told to take a look at plastidip. Any thoughts or choices I should avoid? Going to use the Jeep for weekend driving, a bit off roading, but not much. I do want it to look good.....

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Plastidip will be a waste of money. Bedlining is hard to clean. Wrapping only lasts a few years.

This is the cheapest, most durable, and easy to touch up route:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/anot...tj-264124.html
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Plastidip will be a waste of money. Bedlining is hard to clean. Wrapping only lasts a few years.

This is the cheapest, most durable, and easy to touch up route:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/anot...tj-264124.html
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Not only that, plastidip is a waste of time. Its good if you are trying out a look before you permanently paint it on. But it takes time to perfect - sometimes you spend hours on prep and end up with bubbles and it peels itself off.

Bedliner is okay for small parts, but depending on what brand/type it will inevitably chip and be hard to clean.

Ive seen some put in hood louvers if youre into that kind of thing.
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I'm in the process of painting my whole jeep in rustoleum bedliner. It's durable and easy to touch up. So far I've spent about 150$ in paint estimating that it'll take me about 200$ to finish. Here are some pics:
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$2,000 to do a total re-paint of your Sahara? Do it. That is a very good price.

Those other ideas will only lead to a much lower re-sale value for your Jeep.

Spend the 2K and get 75% of it back years later when you sell it.
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$2,000 to do a total re-paint of your Sahara? Do it. That is a very good price.

Those other ideas will only lead to a much lower re-sale value for your Jeep.

Spend the 2K and get 75% of it back years later when you sell it.
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:27 PM   #8
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I got quoted $1700. That was for a factory color of green.
But the hard top and middle of the hood was going to be painted flat black.
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:31 PM   #9
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I painted my whole Jeep with PPG Omni single stage urethane. Looks good and is very durable. Simple to spray to. You do have to be good about wax though because it is a singe stage and will oxidize pretty quick. So far the hood is the only issue place I've had, but it also polishes out easily to look brand new again.
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I think wrapping it would cost just as much as that paint job.
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I would get a spray paint can of the original factory black, and a can of the clear coat. Clean the hood really well, and sand it with wet 2000 grade sandpaper. You don't have to remove much paint, just a teeny bit. Then wash it again, let it dry, and tape it off. Spray the factory black, and let it dry. Wet sand it again, and get a smooth even tone. Then, apply the clear coat, and it should look like new. Mine did, and mine was white. You might want to use a second coat of the clear coat to make sure you can wax it a few times later. I wouldn't wet sand the clear coat, just wash it well before you apply the second coat. If you are inside a garage and you wet the floor, you probably don't even have to wash it, just wipe the dried first coat with a damp clean rag, to remove paint dust, and leave it like you would a mirror, without smears. Then, apply a second coat. If it works for your hood, do it for the rest of the vehicle, piece by piece. You might use quite a few cans though.
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I would get a spray paint can of the original factory black, and a can of the clear coat. Clean the hood really well, and sand it with wet 2000 grade sandpaper. You don't have to remove much paint, just a teeny bit. Then wash it again, let it dry, and tape it off. Spray the factory black, and let it dry. Wet sand it again, and get a smooth even tone. Then, apply the clear coat, and it should look like new. Mine did, and mine was white. You might want to use a second coat of the clear coat to make sure you can wax it a few times later. I wouldn't wet sand the clear coat, just wash it well before you apply the second coat. If you are inside a garage and you wet the floor, you probably don't even have to wash it, just wipe the dried first coat with a damp clean rag, to remove paint dust, and leave it like you would a mirror, without smears. Then, apply a second coat. If it works for your hood, do it for the rest of the vehicle, piece by piece. You might use quite a few cans though.
White is WAY easier to paint than black. Try spray painting that hood black and in 2 weeks you will be taking it to a professional.black will show ANY imperfections where white will hide a lot. Save yourself time And money. Do it right. 1700 for an all over is pretty cheap. And with paint work you get what you pay for. If its a vehicle you plan to keep for a while shop around. Ask to look at other all overs they have done so you can see their work before you throw money to them. Most important thing. If you spend 2-5k and get a beautiful paint job your never going to regret it. If you skimp you will know every time.
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:41 AM   #14
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TJ? I'd like to come back alive......
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:22 AM   #15
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I just painted mine. Took everything apart myself, did 98% of the sanding and put it all back together. I just had a friend do the body work and a shop spray it and do the wet sanding and buffing.

Definitely is worth doing a lot of the work (or at least some) yourself if you have the patience. Saves a good bit of money, and I would have paid way too much money to just have a shop do a color change on it.
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I wish I could take the time to do it as well as have the resources (garage is small, packed, live in an apt for now). Will probably get some quotes around town and see what I get.

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