So I purchased the Mopar fuel door cover for my Jeep. Prior to the installation I requested to have the silver screws painted black before the dealership put it on for me. Unfortunately, the guys down there can't follow simple directions and put it on without painting the screws and went on to tell me "they think it looks great." Anyways... Does anyone have any experience with painting their screws black? And if so, does the entire door cover need to be uninstalled in order to paint the screws or has anyone been successful in painting them while installed on the vehicle? I really don't want to drive all the way back to the dealership and give them my jeep for another day. Any tips or advice would be appreciated. Thanks
If it's like my aftermarket one, only some of the screws are real (two IIRC, maybe four). The others are just for show. The only way to paint those is to paint them in place, whether on the Jeep or off. If you're going to paint them in place, you might as well do them all at the same time.
You could take a thin piece of cardboard, like the back to a pad of paper, and use a hole punch to punch a hole. Mask enough paper around the cardboard to prevent overspray. Hold the hole over the bolt head and spray paint the bolt. As with all painting, make sure you properly prep it first.
I have painted bolt heads that way in the past but this method may or may not work for you. Good luck.
That's even easier then. If you don't want to remove it then just take half the screws out (every other one), paint them, put them back and take the other half out. When I paint individual screws or bolts I stick the threads through a piece of cardboard or a box and spray them all at once without getting paint on the threads, leaving a very small space between the head and the box so the bolt doesn't stick to the cardboard as it dries.
You can buy paint markers from any craft store and then paint them while they are on the jeep if your not comfortable taking the screws out.
That's a good idea. The heads are recessed so no way to get the marker in but if you partially unscrew them, just enough to expose the sides, you could just paint the sides and screw them back in. Then do the surfaces. Not sure you could get inside the allen head though if that is what they are, like mine.
If you have a set of allen drivers it's simple to remove the cover. Four of the six screws will remove the cover from the Jeep. The two screws at 12 and 6 o'clock remain on the cover and can be removed after the cover is removed from the Jeep. Degrease the screws and paint away. As stated above poking holes in a cardboard box are perfect for holding hardware for painting.
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