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FlyingP 03-07-2008 11:00 PM

Mirror paint flaking
Like a lot of other jeeps I see, =tThe paint on the base of my mirrors is flaking off. Its just happening on the lower bracket that bolts to the door. Has anyone replaced this w/o buying entire new mirrors? What have you guys done? thanks

Smeghead 03-08-2008 12:15 AM

Its a constant battle with mine, paint over it, it flakes some more, paint over it, it flakes some more. etc etc

Gotta buy all plastic or chrome or something I guess

Brian V 03-08-2008 12:18 AM

Just get all the paint off and line-x the bastards!

Triple88a 03-08-2008 01:28 AM

I used a wire brush on my dremel tool to get it cleaned up to the bare metal and then painted it over AGAIN.. its currently same as it was a year ago.. no paint and chipping off whatever is left.

nicolas-eric 03-08-2008 01:41 AM

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my old TJ had this problem every 2nd year.
i sand blasted and painted them every time but it came back again and again.
now i have different mirrows (i think since 2003).

Triple88a 03-08-2008 01:56 AM

The stock bulky TJ mirrors suk anyways.. i'm just waiting to loose them somewhere to get some smaller ones.

solo97tj 03-08-2008 02:21 PM

this is right off my cardomain sight

the mirrors on the jeep were rust pitted really bad i was going to get the new style JK mirrors and but them on but this will do for now all i did was take them off and sad them down really really good and primered them with at least 10 coats and the a lot of black paint and let them bake over night y they used pot metal is stupid but the look a hell of a lot better now and that makes me happy

FlyingP 03-10-2008 11:09 PM

I see alot of relocation brackets on quadratic, but not just plain replacement brackets. has anyone replaced theirs, I'd rather not paint.

MCG 03-11-2008 11:00 AM

Dont take me wrong but don't be lazy and do it. It is cheaper and you will save money for some other add on thing you might want in the future.
I sanded it pretty well , some primer and then a couple of layers of black paint ,and still good after a year.
I used the same paint to get done the headlights ring as well.

FlyingP 03-11-2008 11:34 PM

I took it the wrong way. I would rather spend $30 and have it look good, then spend 2 hours sanding and painting and $10 on paint only to have it look so so and have to do it all again next spring.

ChilliRed 03-11-2008 11:41 PM

Whatever you do, do not get gunmetal stainless mirrors...
The "gunmetal" coating bubbles and flakes off before you know it so it ends up lookin worse than the old mirrors

Rickster49426 03-17-2008 04:10 PM

Paint Them
I have two sets of mirrors... WInter beaters which I paint every season & new ones that I only run during the warm months...

Sailor2017 03-17-2008 04:15 PM

I haven't gotten to try it on the mirrors myself yet, but from some other people I've spoken to (and on ships) you have to chip away any peeling paint, smooth out the edges (with a fine sand paper), then rough up the metal you want to paint so the paint will adhere to the metal.

*Note: For best results, keep the mirrors indoors at the paints optimum temperature (it should say it on the can) for at least 24 hours before and after painting.

richp 03-17-2008 04:45 PM

I'm in the middle of doing a set of one of the 97's, I don't think it was paint on there, I think it was powdercoat, came off in neat big pieces. I've got the bracket sanded down on one, emory clothed it and will be wiping it down with acetone then using aluminum primer then painting it with rustoleum outdoor paint that is used for metal lawn furniture, we'll see how that works. Only 3 more to do.

03rubi 03-20-2008 08:08 PM

I had the same problem on my 97. I took them off and sandblasted and repainted them. No problems after that. I you don't have access to a sandblaster, do as "triple88a" did and clean them real good with a wire brush and repaint, should work.

Triple88a 03-21-2008 12:21 AM

nope, i used wire brush on dremel tool so it cleaned it out very well down to bare metal, currently paint is flaking off again. I dont know what material they use to make them but its just trash.. the rear window brackets on my hard top are the same material and they are also chipping off.

richp 03-21-2008 07:10 AM

I cleaned mine up, took the old stuff off with a screwdriver, came off in huge flakes, used emory cloth and then wiped it down with acetone paint thinner. Sprayed with gloss black Krylon Rust tough, still a tad tacky 2 days later but plan on putting one more coat on then we will see how it lasts. Had the krylon on hand from repainting my tomken bumper on the XJ from when that cheap ass powerdercoat flaked off. The emory cloth works well getting into that slot or cutout in the bracket, right now it looks pretty nice hanging from the bungie cord.

scheumanrj 06-15-2009 12:02 AM


Originally Posted by Triple88a (Post 209512)
nope, i used wire brush on dremel tool so it cleaned it out very well down to bare metal, currently paint is flaking off again. I dont know what material they use to make them but its just trash.. the rear window brackets on my hard top are the same material and they are also chipping off.

This has been bugging me for some time now. I have a 2001 Sahara and the paint has flaked off of both side mirror bases, the rear window brackets on the hard top and the door handles. I've noticed a lot of other Jeeps with the same issues. Has anyone come up with a better way to deal with this since the last post over a year ago?

Zoolander15 06-15-2009 10:51 AM


Take a wire brush to them before doing anything. Make sure that your surface is smooth.
The key is to use bedliner on them, NOT BLACK PAINT. I used bedliner on mine almost a year ago and they still look brand new.

I repeat DO NOT paint your mirrors with black paint, you will be redoing the process every 6 months. A CAN OF SPRAY BEDLINER is the answer!

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