Originally Posted by MYSELF
Today I'm thinking I may want to just paint it a dark charcoal/battleship grey with some raw aluminum parts and red accents...Kind of like an old p-51 Mustang lol. Maybe paint a sharks mouth on my front bumper
Probably won't ever do that (I think...:P ) but it's fun to think about making a Jeep look like that.
Well that's funny haha.
Not even two days later I tore the Jeep apart to start the paint job
Haven't updated for a while so here we go!
After deciding to paint the Jeep to look like a warbird, I set about to collect materials. Not even two hours after having the PS rendering done by FireMedic here on JF, I had bought paint and started the break down of the Jeep.
Things falling off the Jeep
After that I spent over an hour clearing out enough space so that I could pull it in the garage and started sanding it. I hit the whole thing with some 180 just to knock down the clear coat, wiped it all down with Mineral Spirits, then set about masking things off.
I used the roll on method and used the little 4" dense foam rollers. I cut my paint almost 25% with Mineral Spirits to get it nice and thin. I got my first two coats on that night with about 5 hours of dry time between coats. I think the sun was coming up when I finished up the last coat haha!
The next day it was filled with helping my sister get everything together for her wedding. No work on the Jeep that day. The following day was her wedding and again, no work on the Jeep. The day after that
my father ended up in the hospital and no work got done on the Jeep. Then the three days after that it poured rain almost non-stop and I thought maybe I should start building an ark...
Finally I caught a break in the weather and pulled it out of the garage and wet sanded with some 220
I ended up removing the hood when some help arrived to make things easier...
Two more coats of paint were applied and wet sanded with 400 followed by 600.
The next day I wet sanded with 600 followed by 1000 grit. Hit it with two more coats and then it got to be like 105* outside and nothing else happened.
The following day (Friday) was waaaaay too hot to get work done.
So in true Jeeper fashion, I grossly miscalculated how long it would take to get things done. I waited around until about 3pm to get started. It was still over 100 outside, but by that time the driveway was mostly shaded. I set about collecting all the hardware and getting it spruced up with paint, masked off the grill and the windshield channel and got them primed and painted, removed all the masking tape, started putting it back together and on and on and on.
Blown up in the driveway for paint...
The hours rolled by as I scrambled to get things done. There was a wheeling trip planned for the next morning, and there would be a couple guys coming that I had never met before, so I had
to have the jeep put back together in order to make it out to meet them and show them the trail.
Starting the mouth...
I shot that with about 3 coats of black. When it dried I taped out the teeth and hit it with some white primer then a couple coats of white. The masking of the teeth was tedious and time consuming to say the least....
In between watching paint dry I was buttoning up other projects like the 8.8 swap. I installed my Teraflex shock bar and lower mounts, got them torqued down, installed new 1.25" rear booms to undo the 8.8 "squat," checked the torque on everything I'd worked on in the last few months; shocks, body mounts, shackles, bumpers, tires, u-bolts, driveshaft, etc, etc, etc.
New shackles installed.
Shock mounts that were too short and in a bad spot that I ended up cutting off and replacing with MORE mounts.
New MORE mounts being welded on
Through all that I was repainting everything, and rushing around trying to get done. By the time I finished up, showered, cleaned up the driveway and packed the Jeep for the next day's wheeling, it was after 5am. I ended up just staying up, getting some breakfast and pounding the coffee, then heading out at 7am to meet up with the group!
That night getting gas after it was put back together
Holy crap that's a long post! Sorry bout that haha!