Join Date: May 2010
Location: Port Orange, FL
I think you can get the very best results by taking everything apart before painting. BUT..... there are alignment issues, and if your bolts also get painted, then they get all jacked up, and you run the risk of damaging them from moving and assmbel, and what not.
Here is another way you can do it to make it look good and not jack it all up.
First when the jeep is all together, check your gaps. Make any changes to doors or whatever before you do anything.
Something I like to do before taking off any major hinge is to drill a hole through it and what it bolts to. That way when I go to reassemble, I can put a nail or whatever in the hole(s) to get me real close to being lined up (a little dab of filler will fix the drilled hole).
Ok now tear it down and prep the whole thing for primer.
Then spray your primer overall, and once that is dry spray a guide coat on (black spray paint is fine)
Then prep and paint whatever needs on the interior, and the door jambs, inside part off the doors and hood...you get the picture. I usually do that before I even begin to block the outside of the car at all.
Once the jambs are painted, cleared, and dry, I mask all that off. Now if you do it this way, you will have to buy tape called "smooth transition tape". This will make it so you dont have any hard lines in the paint. No biggy!
After masking, you can put it all back together, get it lined up well, and finish painting the exterior.
Also I would recommend "Rust Bullet" under the hinges and the backside of the panels. And be sure that you mask off EVERYTHING that you dont want paint on.