08-05-2019, 08:21 PM
Join Date: Feb 2016
I guess I forgot to update this thread when I made some small progress last weekend. But as small as it is I figured I'd better include it.
I spent the better part of three days (a little at a time) stripping the paint from the hood that I thought was in good condition. turns out it has a small crack in it that was discovered after the paint was removed.
Sometimes I realize after the fact that when I don't know what I'm doing I create (a lot of) extra work for myself.
So I started out trying to sand the hood down with a d/a sander. There were just too many layers of paint on the hood to make it look good though.
Next I tried using chemical stripper. Oh wait I'm getting ahead of myself. After sanding for a few minutes I decided I would just pay a sand (or media) blaster to strip the hood (and fenders) for me. I did not enjoy the heat and monotony of safety glasses and respirator and seemingly endless sanding for very little progress...I called several places local to me that advertised sandblasting. No one wanted to do it for me. They wouldn't even give me a price. They just declined to even do it.
Next I decided I would just buy new replacement hood and fenders. Since I'm this deep into it and I want it to look nice I'd rather spend my money than my time getting this project moving again. I called my local 4wd shop and talked to the guy that knew jeeps better than anyone around here. Long story short he suggested I find a good used hood rather than buying an after market hood because they are of poor quality. Since he was basically telling me the after market hoods were junk I decided to trod on with paint removal.
Back to the chemical stripping. I applied the stripper and let it soften up the paint so I could scrape it off with a chisel. (Yes a one inch wide chisel.) It worked better than the sander but after three coats and scrapes not getting the bottom layer off I moved on to a wire wheel.
The wire wheel worked but was about as slow as the sanding. I did not have the patients for it.
I got drastic. Out came the Mapp gas torch. This worked much faster than the wire wheel. I would heat up a small section and the chisel would scrape it down to bare steel. Yikes...even the body filler was coming off. Too late now I thought, I need to keep going. I started getting lazier and lazier as this paint stripping dragged on. I got it hotter and hotter until I started warping the sheet metal. After I realized that was happening I went all out.
Needless to say I will need to spend a while trying to make the hood look straight again.
I could possibly be overstating it a bit but seriously I did not enjoy that part of this project. And I haven't even started on the fenders yet. I'm thinking I will try some fiberglass fenders next.
Anyway I will try to get a picture of the hood fully stripped and ready for hours of frustration trying to make it look like new again...
2002 Jeep Wrangler Sport
1998 Jeep TJ/CJ conversion on the way