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Old 06-26-2014, 01:03 PM   #1
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Painting Springs

Sorry for my lack of knowledge. I'm 17
I will be lifting my TJ in a few weeks, I want to paint the springs lime green to match the accents on my jeep but I have never done any painting before. I was curious on how other people have done there's. Do I need to sand them down? Also the only lime green paint i know of is plasti dip that I could buy online or engine enamel I could buy at Advance auto parts.

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Old 06-26-2014, 01:07 PM   #2
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Plasti-dip sounds like the better option as it can stretch and not break. Also if you ever plan to upgrade your lift in the future you can remove the lime-green plasti-dip with ease. I too have a lack of knowledge on what paint they put on springs (metal that is supposed to bend).

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Old 06-26-2014, 01:19 PM   #3
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I'm thinking of just doing the plasti dip and maybe buying their glossifier too. I'm just not sure if they need to be sanded or how many coast to put on them.
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No sanding required. Just ensure they are nice a clean (no residue or dust) which shouldn't be a problem for you as they will be new a fresh out of the box (in theory). If you are going with the glossifier, you only need 4-5 light coats of color which should create a solid enough color. Add coats of glossifier until you're satisfied with the 'sheen'. When I did my wheels and flares I did minimum 6 light coats to ensure even color and texture. In reality I used an entire can per item (wheel, flare, pair of flare extensions).
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The lime green engine enamel will outlast the plastidip.
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Old 06-26-2014, 04:42 PM   #6
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Why not have them Powder coated Lime Green Before you install them?
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Old 06-26-2014, 04:54 PM   #7
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Specialty Springs are Powder Coated. Now a days, will almost never see enamel painted springs...Not flexible enough and will usually crack and chip after just a year...Plasticoat, OK, but it will fade after not too long and will start to peel. Best option is Powder Coat, but can be expensive, so second option, Plasticoat
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Old 06-26-2014, 06:34 PM   #8
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It's not a pretty little BMW, it's a jeep. No big deal if the paint starts cracking.
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Old 06-26-2014, 07:11 PM   #9
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I plasti-dipped my springs red about 6 months ago and it is holding up well. I sanded them a bit after cleaning them real well. I think with the plasti-dip people recommend not to sand if you plan on peeling the color off at some point. I did not so I sanded mine for a much more durable application.

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