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Unread 10-09-2002, 10:41 PM   #1
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Questions on body work

The grille area on my Jeep is very nicked up b/c they guy before me must have followed an 18 wheeler for hours and looks like little dried up bug guts, but they arent. they are little nicks and dings in the metal which are white...and my Jeep is looks like crap. I am going to re-do my grille area this weekend probably and need to know the best way to do it. What supplies do I need? AFter i get my grille off, should I sand it down real good? Then what? What all layers of primer, paint, etc will I need? Will glossy black spray paint wear off and look crappy? Basically I just need to know how to do this since this is basically my first body work ive ever done. step by step and supply list would be greatly appreciated
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Unread 10-10-2002, 12:18 AM   #2
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tricky stuff

body work is very tricky!!!

first thing's first you have to have good quality paint and primer because if there is rust it will come back with crap quality primer.
this also depends where you live (winters & salt on the roads).
if you have a lot of chips you're probably gona have to sand everything down properly so the primer will do its job and the paint will coat and stick properly. to be honest its better to get it done at a body shop, this depending on the quality you want.
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Unread 10-10-2002, 02:10 PM   #3
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Why paint it? Rock-guard it instead .. it will last alot longer

But seriously ...

Best thing to do is to pull your grill off, visit a sand-blaster and have it bead-blasted smooth. Wash it down, smooth it out (if required) with a thin coat of body filler .. prime it, paint it. Wet sand it down, repaint. Wet sand it down, repaint. Once you are happy with that, a couple coats of clear topcoat and you are ready to put it back together ..

If you have never done body work before, see if you can "volunteer" for a couple of weekends at a body shop .. many body shops would be happy to have a second set of hands available that they don't have to pay.
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Unread 10-10-2002, 06:26 PM   #4
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mine was beat to crap also, I just bought a rust-stop paint sprayed the crap out of it and put on a stainless grille over lay. Looks pretty sweet, and i check under it every now and then no rust yet.
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