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post #421 of 8099 Old 04-20-2012, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Why I'm An Idiot - A Short Pictorial Essay

So, I'm sure that everyone remembers that part, earlier, where I said that I wasn't going to get much done on the Jeep today. Here's a copy of it, just in case you've forgotten or had your mind on sammiches the whole time:

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Today's Jeeping: I may just sit around and be amazed at the traffic that the thread is getting...
See that statement right there? The "I may just sit around" part? Yeah, that's where I went and f****** myself over. As soon as I said that, something unfortunate was bound to happen...and in this particular case, the unfortunateness came in the form of tiny little gray spots all over Greta's paint.

I have no idea what happened, but it looked for all the world like some sort of chemical had lightly misted over the hood and front fenders and turned the white paint gray. I thought at first that it was just a bunch of dust that had settled out in the dew from the night before, but when I tried to wash it off...nothing. It was stuck fast. And it wasn't anything that was on the paint...it was actually in the paint. The mystery deepened when I noticed that it was only on the flat surfaces...there was nothing to be found on the grille or the sides of the hood and fenders. Only on the tops...and a bit on the cowl. It was the worst on the center, raised portion of the hood. There, I could actually see a difference in the color of the paint from a couple of feet away.

After my trusty washing mitt failed I tried some Simple Green...and that failed as well. I even put some serious pressure on it...and still nothing. I tried a couple of different car washes, some Purple Power, etc, etc...and the specks were still there. Let me emphasize at this point that it wasn't just a spot or two here and there...it looked like someone had been spray painting over top of the hood. I tried to get a picture but my dumb-a** cell phone couldn't focus on the hood close enough to show the discoloration...yet another reason to get a digital camera.

So, when all else had failed, I did something that I'm reasonably sure has only rarely - if ever - been done in The History of Jeep Paint Care...I took a clay bar to it. Some of you guys that have played with show cars know what I'm talking about. For the rest of the class, the quickest way to explain clay-barring is this: you rub a handful of magic Play-Doh across the paint with some touch-up spray as an emulsifier, and the clay actually lifts impurities out of the paint surface. You can touch up rust discoloration, imbedded road dust and all manner of other surface contaminants...and evidently, you can also get rid of Mysterious And Tiny Gray Spots. It took a LOT of rubbing, but eventually, results started to show. The outside of the top surface and the cowl were very easy to clean...probably took me about ten minutes, total. Likewise with the fenders. The center of the hood, however...holy f***...I worked on that part for about three hours...but I wasn't going to give up until it was perfect.

Pictured: This is retarded.



I got the main, open areas done first, and then went back to work around the footman loop and windshield bumpers and hinges. Right about the time I finished the second windshield bumper, a totally random question came into my mind, regarding the hood louver panel I want to install. The question was this: "Are all of the hood louver panels made with provisions for the loop and the bumpers, or could I leave those out if I wanted? Does anyone make one that's not pre-drilled? Hmm..."

Then it hit me: I'm going to install a hood louver panel that takes up the entire central raised portion of the hood...

Yeah.

Sammich time.


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post #422 of 8099 Old 04-20-2012, 04:10 PM
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There will be NO discussion of The Four Great Forbidden Topics in my thread, because they are the inevitable source of strife, discord, and petty arguing. Those topics are: politics, religion, baseball, and redheads. Everything else is fair game. Offenders will be sacked.*
Agreed!

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Paint surface looks nice and smooth!! I play with clay all the time and it really does make a huge difference. The surface becomes smooth as glass and like sundowner said, it removes a ton of impurities from the clear coat. This is mostly noticable with white jeeps that collect those nasty orange rail dust deposits over time, takes that crap right out.
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Glad to hear you got it off!

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post #425 of 8099 Old 04-20-2012, 05:11 PM
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Gotta love the clay bar! Did you figure out what the spots were?

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Gotta love the clay bar! Did you figure out what the spots were?
I have no idea, but they're on Annabelle's LJ as well. Something that was in the air, I suppose. Some kind of precipitate. Regardless, I was an idiot to spotlessly clean an area of sheet metal that's going to go bye-bye.

Unrelated Update: I got back in touch with ARB today, and they told me that my shock should be here next Wednesday. They have no idea WHY it took a month or why I never got a tracking number, but it's already en-route. Go figure...

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29 pages of reading... that's more than I've voluntarily done in 4 semesters of college. Good stuff!
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I would like to say for the record... barium.

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Wow man I totally feel your pain. i found myself in a similiar, why am I doing this when I will be replacing it in a few weeks, situation.

For some reason after installing my front locker my nemisis, THE SHIMMY, came back with a vegance. So, I immediately brought it to have the tire balance redone as I have had a slight shimmy forever. The shimmy was worse after the balance. So, this morning after working all night I decided I must not have torqued something properly and thats where the shimmy was coming from. Obviously, thats the only thing that had changed due to the locker install. So, as I am checking the very last torque value it hit me.

I will be pulling my entire suspension and steering out in a few weeks and the shimmy isn't all that bad. After wasting over an hour of good sleep time I trudged off to bed with no satisfaction. THE SHIMMY has not subsided.

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29 pages of reading... that's more than I've voluntarily done in 4 semesters of college. Good stuff!
Ahh...College...

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So, as I am checking the very last torque value it hit me.
Yep. Sammich time. No question about it.

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I wish. Had to work tonight and tomorrow night. No sammich for me. Perhaps on Sunday.

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there will be no discussion of the four great forbidden topics in my thread, because they are the inevitable source of strife, discord, and petty arguing. Those topics are: Politics, religion, baseball, and redheads. Everything else is fair game. Offenders will be sacked.*

* the republic of dave thanks you for your compliance.


Found the thread via the newsletter. crawled all 29 pages.
for you sir! I live over in the WK forum, but this was a blast to read.

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This is like saying you've never seen The Goonies. Damn near unexcusable
the who???




just kidding

as for the hood/ louver predicament, I hate that **** :

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There will be NO discussion of The Four Great Forbidden Topics in my thread, because they are the inevitable source of strife, discord, and petty arguing. Those topics are: politics, religion, baseball, and redheads. Everything else is fair game. Offenders will be sacked.
Haha! Did you read my batmobile thread?

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Haha! Did you read my batmobile thread?
No, I didn't...but now I'm going to do so.

Today's Jeeping: I plan on making every effort to get my locker compressors pulled out...and if I can find a camera, I'll get the pictures that I want for my first Toolkit essay. Every time I've gotten them finished I've then added or subtracted something and thus caused the photos to become obsolete. We'll see.

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