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Unread 11-12-2008, 09:00 PM   #1
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Advise on putting the jeep body together

Need some advise on putting the jeep back together. I attached some pictures so you can see where I was and what I have now.

- Should I use seam sealer under the hinges or some sort of gasket?
- Should I attach the hinges prior to painting?
- Has anyone used Quietcar (http://quietcoat.stores.yahoo.net/) instead of Dynamat?
- I plan to use Raptor in the tub and need to know if there is a risk of applying it to the top edges of the tub. The idea is to help prevent scratches.
- What do I use between the fenders and tub? Again I was thinking about some gasket material.

Keep in mind this is my first attempt at this but its damn near impossible to get the waves out of these tubs.
























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Unread 11-12-2008, 10:28 PM   #2
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Need some advise on putting the jeep back together. I attached some pictures so you can see where I was and what I have now.

- Should I use seam sealer under the hinges or some sort of gasket?NO
- Should I attach the hinges prior to painting?I would paint them separately since you have gone this far.
- Has anyone used Quietcar (http://quietcoat.stores.yahoo.net/) instead of Dynamat?
- I plan to use Raptor in the tub and need to know if there is a risk of applying it to the top edges of the tub. The idea is to help prevent scratches.
- What do I use between the fenders and tub?NothingAgain I was thinking about some gasket material.I would not. You are only going to trap water causing premature rust out in the future.

Keep in mind this is my first attempt at this but its damn near impossible to get the waves out of these tubs. They didn't bother to do so from the factory. You'll about kill yourself trying to get them perfect in your garage,lol.
Nice work. What color are you painting it?
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Unread 11-12-2008, 10:41 PM   #3
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No gaskets between fenders. Just paint.

Speaking of, just make sure you have paint under the hinges, Either paint under-install-paint all. or paint entire hinge-install after paint of bdy. Either works.

Dont use any silicon gasket or sealers.

As for waves... they can be done. bondo...sand...repeat. easier said than done, eh?

Also... Fit all first if you bought new fenders or hood. Aftermarket sucks, they are always off a tad.
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Unread 11-13-2008, 07:59 AM   #4
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use a best type bondo from bondo now owned by 3M...like a marson premium filler...it is about $30 a gallon but will
sand better and last forever....
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Unread 11-13-2008, 08:09 AM   #5
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When doing a restoration, the bodywork is usually the most time consuming.
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Unread 11-13-2008, 09:27 AM   #6
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I used Rage bondo and it seemed to have worked well. It was easy enough to sand and work with. And yes the body work is and was the most time consuming. Thats where I hope to make my money.
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Unread 11-13-2008, 03:27 PM   #7
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I used Rage bondo and it seemed to have worked well. It was easy enough to sand and work with. And yes the body work is and was the most time consuming. Thats where I hope to make my money.
Rage is the best bondo to use, and trust me I have tried them all. Get rage extreme because it sands a little better, but if you can't get that get rage gold it works well too. You can also get some glaze putty for when you get closer to being finished, and when you are ready to put some skim coats on. This mixes the same as bondo but you need to let it dry until it gets pretty hard but with some 80grit it sands pretty smooth and will help you get it fairly straight before you apply your primer. I can go into where to get this stuff and what is the best primer also if you need me too, just let me know.
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