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Unread 01-12-2011, 08:12 AM   #1
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How long did it take to paint frame

For anyone that has done this, How long did it take you to take apart your wrangler and paint the frame and underside of the tub?
I have a 2000 tj but any input from wrangler owners would be helpful.
I just got my tj and wanted to have an estimate for the time it will take to paint the bottom with POR 15 before starting.
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Unread 01-18-2011, 02:57 PM   #2
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anyone?
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Unread 01-18-2011, 10:05 PM   #3
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anyone?
You mean like lifting the tub off the frame? Wouldn't be necessary, can do it without removing anything. But if you have the time and don't need to drive it, go for it.
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Unread 01-19-2011, 07:19 AM   #4
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yes like lifting the tub off. I also planned to get the engine out. Just bare frame. I know you don't need to, but I have a month to do it, about 2 hours a day on weekdays and at least 1 full day on weekends. in a garage
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yes like lifting the tub off. I also planned to get the engine out. Just bare frame. I know you don't need to, but I have a month to do it, about 2 hours a day on weekdays and at least 1 full day on weekends. in a garage
Well, you need to remove both fenders, hood, and cowl. Then anything misc stuff on the underside, and shifter. Disconnect and pull out all the electrical that goes through the firewall and connects to the OBD port, disconnect steering wheel, any heater/ac hoses and vacuum lines that go through the firewall. Then loosen all the body mounts and lift off. I'm probably missing some stuff though. I'm sure you can find a thread outlining it.

Plus you have to remove all fuel, brake, and other thins on the frame.

It could end up being a VERY involved process.
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Unread 01-19-2011, 02:01 PM   #6
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would it make a difference in the quality of the paint job if i take everything apart or can I achieve the same thing with it mostly in tact?
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Unread 01-19-2011, 07:48 PM   #7
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i figure i have two hrs left in mine to finish the frame. i only have to fit the gas tank and a couple loose tranny mounts. i removed the whole body and left the motor, gas and brake lines, and the transfer case/tranny. everything else came off and was cleaned, stripped, sanblasted, reworked or anything else it needed. the frame was done with por15 and everything else painted. i figure im up to apx 160 hours. i havent even touched the tub yet. i thought things would go quicker but i have spent my spare time for the last month and a half working on it. my goal is to have it all finished and back together by march...we will see..lol
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Unread 01-20-2011, 07:58 AM   #8
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i figure i have two hrs left in mine to finish the frame. i only have to fit the gas tank and a couple loose tranny mounts. i removed the whole body and left the motor, gas and brake lines, and the transfer case/tranny. everything else came off and was cleaned, stripped, sanblasted, reworked or anything else it needed. the frame was done with por15 and everything else painted. i figure im up to apx 160 hours. i havent even touched the tub yet. i thought things would go quicker but i have spent my spare time for the last month and a half working on it. my goal is to have it all finished and back together by march...we will see..lol
Thanks a lot, I'll heed your warning, I wont start it until I get back from college in the late spring. great help.
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