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Unread 11-22-2006, 05:45 PM   #1
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Cladding painted & back on (lots o' pics)

I finally got the cladding and bumpers back on today after painting them the past few days. I got 3 good coats on each piece, it should hold up pretty well hopefully. After getting it all back on, I got trigger happy with the Krylon Fusion and painted my antenna, side mirrors, hatch handle, wipers and whatever else was faded and crappy looking. Now I just need to get it dirty again. Sorry for all the poser shots, I had to hurry 'cause it was getting dark.
Here's an old pic for reference...

Here's what I looked like driving around for 3 days. Got some funny looks from people...

Here it is all together...





The pics don't really do it justice. It looks a million times better. I'm very happy with the way it turned out.

I'm taking off the goofy painted on pinstripes this weeked. Oh what fun.

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Unread 11-22-2006, 05:57 PM   #2
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Looks good. I want to repaint mine grey though.
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Unread 11-22-2006, 06:11 PM   #3
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Looks much better than before, for sure.
I would also chop that lower portion of the front bumper
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Unread 11-22-2006, 06:16 PM   #4
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I've thought about hacking that lower part off. Maybe while fooling around with it this weekend, I might bring myself to do it. It gets caught pretty easily when wheelin'.
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Unread 11-22-2006, 06:22 PM   #5
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I think the black cladding goes well with the jeep.

Although now the grill looks out of place. I think a black grill would be too much, but mabye the color of your jeep?
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Unread 11-22-2006, 06:41 PM   #6
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I've thought about hacking that lower part off. Maybe while fooling around with it this weekend, I might bring myself to do it. It gets caught pretty easily when wheelin'.
I would also try to mount those front fog lights behind your grill guard somehow, just in case.

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I like it...

Except now you're going to see the scratches alot easier now after you go on a trail
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Unread 11-22-2006, 07:54 PM   #8
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Looks good....What you use to spray it?? I want to do mine sometime in the near future
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Unread 11-22-2006, 09:08 PM   #9
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KnightRider.

Need some phasing red lights in front now.

Looks great.
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Unread 11-22-2006, 09:24 PM   #10
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I used Krylon Fusion satin black. Yeah, the scratches will show, but I can just spray over them again!

I'd have to fab something up to mount those Hellas differently, unless I get a new bumper. But I aint got the $$$ for that.

I was debating on painting the grill too, but I don't think black would look right. I wouldn't mind having it match the body though.

I'm glad you noticed my Formula, Dean. I've had that car for 12+ years, got it when I was 16. I'm attached to it, to say the least. Too bad it doesn't speak to me in a British accent.
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Unread 11-22-2006, 11:45 PM   #11
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i'm about to do the same..

I'm about to do the same thing so i have some questions. How many cans of paint did it take? How many coats did you use? What prep work did you do? How hard was it to take the cladding off? I was going to just leave mine on.. Thanks a lot!

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The pics look great. I'm waiting to hear about the longevity of the paint before I do the same.


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That looks really nice! Looks like you did a really nice job!
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I still prefer the no cladding, blacked out grill look.





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Unread 11-23-2006, 08:17 PM   #15
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Eric - I used 3 1/2 cans. That gave me 3 good coats on each piece. The only prep work I did was take a steel wool pad to it all. It says it doesn't need primer. If you're going to do it, take the cladding and bumpers off. That way you can make sure you cover it all really well. The cladding pops right off, some of the trim pieces have those retaining clip things. It all comes off very easily, and I think it's worth the extra time in the end.

This stuff is suppose to be able to withstand outdoor weathering and such, so we'll see how long it stays looking nice and new. Although, I'll probably be touching up scratches from limbs and stuff, so I'll probably have the whole thing coated again before it fades/flakes off.
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