1997 Jeep TJ Sport-- Accident Restoration and Black Topside

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Re: 1997 Jeep TJ Sport-- Accident Restoration and Black Topside

Post by LV2DRFT on August 11th 2012, 5:25 pm

Quick update before I finish the job (hopefully) next week. Here's how the headlights turned out. I kept the rings green and rolled the cups with the same paint I'm using on the body. I rolled right over the "slits" on the cups to keep a little more green showing:


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Re: 1997 Jeep TJ Sport-- Accident Restoration and Black Topside

Post by Tommy Hillbilly on August 11th 2012, 11:25 pm

Green looks cool against black.

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Re: 1997 Jeep TJ Sport-- Accident Restoration and Black Topside

Post by LV2DRFT on August 19th 2012, 11:14 am

Tommy Hillbilly wrote:Green looks cool against black.

Thanks! I always painted my cars that way in video games so why not do it IRL I figured :-)

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Post by LV2DRFT on August 19th 2012, 11:15 am

Oh also would anybody mind answering my question about removing the final sanding scratches in the exterior forum? thanks!

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Post by LV2DRFT on September 15th 2012, 12:35 am

Well... I think I might need to do a few coats with hardener. Rock chips and bird poo have been going right through all the layers I worked so **** meticulously on. Does anybody know how MUCH of an effect adding hardener will have on the "toughness" of the paint? I always just thought hardener made it dry faster, but it's been months and the paint just isnt standing up to the elements like I expected..

I read another post on this forum that was helpful. It mentioned if rolling to use 4 parts paint to 2(ish) parts MS to 1 part hardener. Any tips to a rookie rolling with hardener?

Also how many hardened coats do I need to apply (over my existing 14 coats) to get good protection? And finally, how much extra protection will hardening really provide for bird poop and road rocks?

Thanks!


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Post by LV2DRFT on September 15th 2012, 3:50 am

Now I'm considering just bedlining the front grill area where the rock chips seem to form. Hardener is hard to get around here and I can't buy online, not to mention buying a charcoal mask for the fumes. I'm hoping nufinish would be enough to prolong the bird doo until I could get at it with spray and a towel. I wanted to bedliner the grille anyway so maybe that's the excuse I needed.

The only thing that would convince me to go ahead and apply some hardened coats is if someone has experienced the rustoleum-paint job with and without using hardener and noticed a real difference in the paints durability. Anybody who can help please chime in! Smile

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Post by LV2DRFT on July 6th 2013, 5:39 am

She's finally all done!

I went with bedliner on the part of the hood and front area, as well as the diamond plate and part of the bars. Kept the green on the top and bars.

A tip... if you're going to do cheap spray can bedliner, use RUSTOLEUM! Duplicolor was garbage, and I went through can after can thinking I was doing something wrong, but got it right with the rustoleum on the first shot!







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Re: 1997 Jeep TJ Sport-- Accident Restoration and Black Topside

Post by Tommy Hillbilly on July 6th 2013, 3:14 pm

Shucks, that looks good. The stripe scheme is interesting. Have you considered adding a contrasting color to where it says "Jeep" on the front quarters?

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