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Post by certifiablejeep on April 24th 2008, 10:10 am

I have been reading about rolling paintjobs for a year now and finally the weather broke in NH and I started in on the hood. I cut the holes I needed, prepped with 80/120/220 with an orbital sander and then some hand sanding with 400. I cleaned it off with alcohol/water and then sprayed with compressed air.

I mixed a bit of rustoleum "aluminum" and some mineral spirits together in a 2:1 ratio and then I applied some paint. I went too heavy at first, but once I got the hang of it, I think it came out pretty good. Wet sanding tonight and we will see what happens.

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The whole paint write-up starts here:
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The whole Jeep write-up starts here (it is 54 pages, so if you are bored...):
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Post by JMJ Rick on April 26th 2008, 2:25 am

nice looking jeep. I like the color too, works good with the style of body.
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Post by megaglow_z on April 26th 2008, 1:46 pm

wow...that actualy looks awsome!
Did not think i would like that color...but it will look very tough when your done!

great work!!!!
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Post by certifiablejeep on April 28th 2008, 11:06 am

Here are a couple shots from the weekend

Hood on
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Just trying out the leftover paint from the hood/tailgate
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Tailgate on
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These are just shots of it just posing in place, but it does start to see how it is going to look.

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Post by 79CJ5 on April 28th 2008, 12:15 pm

Looks great so far! Is that primer or just the original color on your fenders?
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Post by certifiablejeep on April 29th 2008, 10:41 am

Those are new fenders with the black primer on them... I was just mocking everything up as the Jeep has a lot of different parts from a lot of different Jeeps.

Putting the scrambler top on with a YJ windshield and then the bulkhead had to be all put in and mocked up... then taking a 77 roll bar and getting that in the mix along with abotu a hundred other things has been taking some time lately.

You can see the whole build-up at www.certifiablejeep.com and click on the "Free Jeep" project. It is no longer the "Free Jeep" as it has cost a whole lotta cash thus far...

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Post by certifiablejeep on May 15th 2008, 2:14 pm

Here are the lastest pics... I am building a new garage, so it is tought to work on the Jeep, but the hood came out good

8 coats of aluminum, sanded between every 2.
Then a quick coat of clear enamel, wet sanded with 1500, buffed with polishing compound and it is all pretty cool.

http://www.certifiablejeep.com/images/freejeep/page55/large/174_7435.jpg

I need to put the latches on still, but the black on silver look is sweet!

Dash and tailgate are done as well, just haven't been polished out yet
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Post by megaglow_z on May 15th 2008, 5:02 pm

ok.....what type of clear did you use?
Ive been looking for something that will not react with the rusto!

LOOKS SWEET!!!
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Post by certifiablejeep on May 23rd 2008, 11:50 am

I got a long way to go, but there is the hood on the Jeep...
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As for the clear, it was in a can that I got at the store in the rustoleum area, it is actually rustoleum clear... I am looking for a can of it, right now I only found it in spray.

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Post by wct203814 on May 23rd 2008, 1:22 pm

looks really good~! i seen that rustoleum clear as well im interested in geting some looks like it works well! did u cut and buff yet? if not cant wait to see it done!
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Re: 1978 Jeep CJ-7 in Aluminum

Post by megaglow_z on May 24th 2008, 2:21 pm

I wonder if this would work at all??!

http://www.drillspot.com/products/336479/Rust-Oleum_6711402_Paint

I think its water based and will not work over our oil based rusto...

Rustolium only offers petro based clear in a spray can.
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Post by megaglow_z on July 7th 2008, 11:55 pm

Was looking good man!
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Post by certifiablejeep on August 4th 2008, 11:35 am

Unfortunately, I have been busy with work, the house, the yard, and building a new garage... I am happy about the garage part, but it really limits what I can do with the Jeep.

I am back on the project though... as you can see in the picture, the hood is about the honly thing done... the doors are getting fit for the last time and then they will be rolled. The windshield frame will be after that and finally I will strip it all down and then do the body... lots to do still, trying to get the cage just right inside before it gets ripped down.

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Post by Roadking41a on August 5th 2008, 3:06 pm

The Hood looks great. When you are done with your Jeep it's going to look great.
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Post by certifiablejeep on December 1st 2008, 4:38 pm

OK, it has been a long time since I updated this, but basically, the Jeep required all sorts of body work, welding, etc. Then I had to reassemble the frame, motor, etc.

Here are some rolled on parts... with clear on them

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I will not lie to you, some of the hard to reach places got a shot of the spray can... I just couldn't reach some of the places and that was an easy solution. The body will be totally rolled on... the inside of the grille and the inside of the windshield frame were the tough parts...


the tub is up next... I hit it with some primer after welding and then did the inside with herculiner...
http://www.certifiablejeep.com/images/freejeep/page62/large/100_1205.jpg
The firewall was rolled/sprayed as well, some tough areas for the roller
http://www.certifiablejeep.com/images/freejeep/page62/large/100_1210.jpg

And to make sure it all matched, the old parts were compared to the new ones...
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The clear on the windshield is still a bit wet and needs to be buffed out, but all in all, not bad in comparison(I know the light is not good on those pics)

And finally, the chassis is all set waiting for the body...
http://www.certifiablejeep.com/images/freejeep/page61/large/100_1112.jpg

Lots has happened, and a lot more to go!

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Post by megaglow_z on December 2nd 2008, 1:28 am

man, that thing is looking killer!!

Ive been thinking of a silver/dark blue redo of mine in the spring....lol
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Post by Fastmover on December 2nd 2008, 11:13 am

That is an amazing frame-off restoration. Keep bringing photos.
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Post by tbirdsps on December 2nd 2008, 7:55 pm

Very nice. Now I'm rethinking colors for my Ranger. Darn it. Your Jeep looks awsome.
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Post by certifiablejeep on December 3rd 2008, 10:47 am

I will have to say, silver is a tough color... lots of variations in the paint and you really need a few coats or the undercolors can bleed through... all in all, I am not sure if another color would be easier, but I am pleased with how it looks. The fenders have runs unfortunately, so another bout of sanding and painting, which should take me until the weekend... after that, I can start with the body. I hope to have the body on frame and some hookups with the dash and stuff over the XMAS holiday... can't wait!
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Post by MDC on December 4th 2008, 12:06 am

Did you cut and polish your clear or is that how it sprayed on?
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Post by certifiablejeep on December 4th 2008, 7:01 am

If you look at the hood, that was all done prior to the installation of the louvers... the clear was just sprayed on and left to dry for a couple days, after it was harden up, I hit it with the buffer and some polishing compound as an article I have said that this guy had done... once that was done, it looked good, so I installed the louvers.

The rest of the stuff has been painted and cleared, but not polished up yet... that is a ton of work and right now I am trying to get the painting done before it gets too cold out to keep the garage door open. It was 30 last night when I was doing it, I had the heater blowing in the back of the garage and the fans blowing out... your hands start to get cold and then it is all over.

So, if I can tackle the body this weekend and get some paint on her and finish that up, I will be able to then get the body on the frame and all the parts polished up and then attached. I am running out of room with all these parts lying around the basement, garage, etc. After they are all on, I might hit it again with the polishing compound, not sure, have to see where I am at... the point is, all that assembly and polishing isn't as harmful to the nose/throat/lungs like the paint and sanding is, so I can do that with the door shut... in retrospect, this would have been a lot easier in the summer!

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Post by MDC on December 5th 2008, 1:43 pm

Yea, can't be much fun with your hand in a bucket of water @ 30 degrees. It'l be good to se it finished out. Already looks good.
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Post by certifiablejeep on December 8th 2008, 11:27 am

Fenders are done, onto the tub... takes so much time doing body pain... I mean body work. I have the whole tub sanded down to 40 grit... now I have to go through and get it all with 60, 100, 220, etc.

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I plan on sanding it more tonight and tomorrow and then shooting it with primer first and then seeing if there are any imperfections that need a little filler... Ahhhh, so much to do, so little time.

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Post by certifiablejeep on December 18th 2008, 11:36 am

We got hit hard with the ice storm last week, no power, no lights, no heat, so no painting! Then it snowed again, then things started breaking, then chainsawing and a lot of other things going on.

I plan on heading out to the garage tonight to do some body work on the tub... I got the rear done, I need a little bit on the front... here is where I am at right now, sitting in primer, needs to get some paint on it already!

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Post by certifiablejeep on December 18th 2008, 11:37 am

Oh yeah, I forgot, I got the windshield moving along the other day... glass installed, looks good!

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