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Unread 07-22-2004, 04:26 PM   #1
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black paint chipping

don't shoot me if this has been covered (search was fruitless) -- my Sport is over 6 years old now, and she's showing her age a little. My biggest problem is that the black paint is chipping off - on the arms that hold the side-view mirrors and on the hinges for the window on my hardtop mostly - my fog light holders as well.

Is this a common thing? Is there a way to fix this myself, or will I have to take it somewhere to get them painted? I'm not exactly mechanically inclined....

Thanks in advance for the help

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Unread 07-22-2004, 04:35 PM   #2
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Mine too. You could sand them down and paint them or you can order new ones from quadratec for about $85 plus shipping. Finally, you can be a total cheap-o like me and wrap black electrical tape around them. New TJs have black molded plastic housings for the mirror brackets now due to this very common problem.
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Unread 07-22-2004, 05:14 PM   #3
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yea my passenger side mirror does it but thats on the things later down on the list to work on. Just prep it and repaint it and it should be fine.
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Unread 07-23-2004, 06:53 AM   #4
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don't shoot me if this has been covered (search was fruitless) -- my Sport is over 6 years old now, and she's showing her age a little. My biggest problem is that the black paint is chipping off - on the arms that hold the side-view mirrors and on the hinges for the window on my hardtop mostly - my fog light holders as well.

Is this a common thing? Is there a way to fix this myself, or will I have to take it somewhere to get them painted? I'm not exactly mechanically inclined....

Thanks in advance for the help
kool-aid i had the same problem and what i did was use a grinder with a wire wheel to strip off all the paint and corrosion, this kinda gave it a stainless look. so now i have black mirrors silver arms and black mounts. it has been about 4 months and they still look good (by "good" i mean not as crappy as the black paint flaking off) i didnt treat them with anything either, i just wheeled off the paint and put em back on.

if you do decide to paint yours i would do the following (i used to be a painter)

1. strip off all old paint. (if you know someone with a benchgrinder with a wire wheel this will only take 5 minutes.)

2. clean with a de-greaser like "fantastic"

3. clean with soap and water

4. prime with a spray paint primer for metal. (i like rustoleum brand)

5. topcoat with a flat black spray paint for metal (flat paint is easier to re-paint if you need to touch em up again in a few years without having to strip them down again, gloss is more durable but your problem isnt with durability its with "paint adhesion")

good luck. paul.
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