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Unread 06-11-2012, 05:01 PM   #1
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Before/After - Painting The Plastics

I've been an XJ enthusiast for a little over a few years now and I picked up my second Cherokee just three months ago. Overall, it was in amazing shape but the plastics were faded as ever. Decided to start blacking this Jeep out beginning with all the exterior plastics and emblems.

I used RUST-OLEUM Truck Bed Coating I grabbed at Home Depot for $8 a can. Applied three coats on each piece and let dry for about a day before tossing them back on. Kept the door pieces off. Looked pretty sharp without them. Here's some before and after photos.







Much more work to come on this vehicle.

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Unread 06-11-2012, 05:15 PM   #2
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It's amazing how much difference it makes. Some of the guys at work gave me **** when I spray painted mine on my Dakota but I don't care. It's worth it. Even if it starts coming off in 6 months, a year, a few years, who cares? It vastly improves how it looks.

Sorry I don't have better pics, but:

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Painted the grill and bezels on my XJ this past weekend as well and it's a massive improvement in looks imo. I was going to do the fenders as well but I'm going to be replacing them soon anyway so I didn't bother. I'd put up pics but I'm too lazy to walk across the parking lot to take current pics lol
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Unread 06-11-2012, 07:45 PM   #3
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Hey, not a bad job there. It's crazy how much cleaner and kept that Dakota looks after a quick spray job!
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Unread 06-11-2012, 08:14 PM   #4
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Well the top picture the blue paint is fresh too. It was a navy blue originally, before I painted it it was more rust, peeling clear coat, and some really awful navy mixed in, but yeah, the plastic and bumpers getting painted made it look even better.
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