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mrobinso 01-12-2012 04:51 PM

Matte Black Paint Job - Need to Paint Hood, Tail Gate, Windshield Surround, Doors
 
I have a 1999 SE that I purchased about 3 months ago now. The car has been around the block more than once, and has had almost every part of it rebuilt or replaced except the suspension. I bought it for cheap as a fun project car. It runs strong.

When I purchased it the PO had recently replaced the unibody panels that run the length of the tub on either side and painted them in a base of matte black (or maybe that came that way). The Jeep itself is Forest Green. The parts of the Jeep that still show the factory paint are the hood, the tailgate, the doors, and the windshield frame surround. For a while now I have disliked the contrast of the matte black side paneling and the green of the other parts of the body, and I knew at some point I would need to paint the side panels green. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought it would probably be easier, and look cooler IMHO, to paint the green body parts in matte black as well. The front fenders were replaced with offroad flat fenders which the PO bedlined, so no need to worry about those.

My question is - shouldn't this be a relatively easy DIY? And how hard is it to remove the windshield surround for painting?

Things that I think would be relatively straightforward removing to paint:

Doors (I have half doors)
Hood
Tail gate (just disconnect wiring, tire rack)

But where do I go from there? How should I prep the currently painted surfaces? I will do plenty of more research before I start (this will be a Spring or Summer project), but your guys feedback and input is appreciated.

Two things to note:

1) I am not interested in vinyl
2) I am not concerned about resale - I bought the Jeep for dirt cheap with mismatched body panels already. I think whoever buys the Jeep from me off CL in a few years will actually appreciate the paint job.

mrobinso 01-12-2012 08:17 PM

I know there is a lot of information out there on this, but I couldn't find a lot on uninstalling some of these body parts to paint. Anyone?

Powertrip 01-12-2012 11:40 PM

I guess it depends if you're talking about paint booth high quality paint job, or just a few cans of Krylon. Sincse you're not concerned about resale, I would suggest just doing some rattle can Krylon painting. It would be easier to mask everything off than it would be to remove panels. Pick up a sunday paper and a couple rolls of masking tape, wash the jeep real well, and take your time with the masking tape. After that, just do several light coats rather than 2 or 3 heavy coats.
Here's some pics of my prep work for painting the grill and the raised section of the hood:

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...-22-19_329.jpg

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...-22-31_874.jpg

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...-52-52_358.jpg

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...2-53-03_93.jpg

And the finished product:

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...-45-39_975.jpg

mrobinso 01-13-2012 08:35 AM

powertrip, awesome post - thank you! I am planning to do a rattle can job. Did you prep those surfaces with sand paper? I might be a little nervous painting the panels actually on the vehicle, but looks like it turns out well for you.

luckyAD80 01-13-2012 08:46 AM

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mrobinso 01-13-2012 09:11 AM

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FYI - pics so you guys can see what I am talking about. The side panels are currently in matte black. The front is still in green. Can you visualize it? Anyone good at photoshop? :whistling:

Powertrip 01-13-2012 06:48 PM

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Originally Posted by mrobinso (Post 1916679)
powertrip, awesome post - thank you! I am planning to do a rattle can job. Did you prep those surfaces with sand paper? I might be a little nervous painting the panels actually on the vehicle, but looks like it turns out well for you.

No, I didn't sand it at all. I just made sure the surfaces were real clean. And if you're nervous, use more newspaper to cover a larger area.

BLK00TJ 01-13-2012 07:30 PM

When you're done, be sure to post plenty of pictures. When I'm done with the suspension (probably never), I'm going to repaint with a satin clearcoat. I'm torn at the moment between staying black or going olive drab.

TJe0454 01-13-2012 07:30 PM

looks like a fun project. when i painted part of my hood i took it off of the vehicle.

mrobinso 01-13-2012 09:19 PM

I'll definitely post some pics. Again, I most likely wont be doing this project until the warmer months. But I am looking forward to it. I think it will give the Jeep some consistency. When you took off the hood, was it pretty straight forward?

BeaverJeeper 01-14-2012 01:03 AM

read this:

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f105/ho...int-40110.html

i just painted my buddy's MR2 satin black using this guide. rustolium rattle cans. it's turned out perfect! though, it was a few days in the garage and about 30 hours of work. taking your time and prepping makes all the difference.

TJe0454 01-14-2012 10:23 AM

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Originally Posted by mrobinso (Post 1918873)
I'll definitely post some pics. Again, I most likely wont be doing this project until the warmer months. But I am looking forward to it. I think it will give the Jeep some consistency. When you took off the hood, was it pretty straight forward?

yeah it was really easy. just the bolts on the hood hinges to take it off. and the hood latches. just make sure you have it aligned properly when you put it back on.

mrobinso 09-19-2012 04:56 PM

FYI to anyone interested, I am planning to paint this Saturday. I recently traded another Jeeper my half doors for his full steel doors and I am painting those as well.

Will post some pics on the process. Plan to start really early saturday and try to get done by early Saturday afternoon.

I have four rattle cans of Rustoleum High Heat Enamel Spray - Bar-B-Que Black

Amazon.com: Rust-Oleum 7778830 High Heat Enamel Spray, Bar-B-Que Black, 12-Ounce: Home Improvement

Ya'll probably think I am crazy for using "grill" paint, but I used it on my roof rack and it came out the perfect flat black that I wanted that will match the unibody panels.

I have four cans of the stuff, blue painters tape, a economy rustoleum spay "gun", and a bunch of sandpaper.

Please post up any advice for me!

mvallez 09-19-2012 05:21 PM

No advice, but I can't wait to see pics.

ohsixlj 09-19-2012 06:30 PM

Good luck! Can't wait to see it. You will probably need more than 4 cans thouh. I used 9 on the fairings of a sport bike that I repainted a couple of years ago. Anotherhint when using rattle cans, if you warm the cans with a hair dryer and shake them very often the paint will lay down more evenly.

mrobinso 09-20-2012 08:31 AM

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Originally Posted by ohsixlj (Post 2809972)
Good luck! Can't wait to see it. You will probably need more than 4 cans thouh. I used 9 on the fairings of a sport bike that I repainted a couple of years ago. Anotherhint when using rattle cans, if you warm the cans with a hair dryer and shake them very often the paint will lay down more evenly.

Thanks! I'll buy some more. 9 cans - that sounds overkill but I am sure you got a nice thick coating on there.

mrobinso 09-24-2012 12:02 PM

Finally got around to doing this. Will post more about it later. Came out okay. Will probably need to redo the hood and doors at some point. Let me know if you can't see the pics on my flickr site:

IMG00347-20120922-1529 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

mrobinso 09-24-2012 03:26 PM

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Before and after pics. What do you all think?

mrobinso 09-25-2012 04:43 PM

Before:

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During:

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AFTER:

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