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post #1 of 4 Old 09-28-2021, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Painting a 1980 CJ5 Windshield frame

My existing frame has a lot of internal rust, and I noticed that it’s angle has changed. I ordered a replacement, and wanna paint it before swapping all the parts over. I picked up a few spray cans of touch up paint- they aren’t close enough to the original color. The code is OE: Dark Green Metallic.

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One of the best things about my Jeep is the patina, but I think there are enough spots of original color to want to match to the factory code. However, I’m curious if it’s best practice to find a color that’s a bit faded to try to match the Jeep. Thoughts?

Where do y’all buy automotive paint? I was hoping to use spray cans and avoid borrowing or buying a spray gun, but I’d love to hear y’all’s thoughts on that.

How much paint would y’all think a CJ windshield frame would take?


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post #2 of 4 Old 09-28-2021, 03:03 PM
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I'm no auto painting expert, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn once.

That said, I think it will be difficult to match the patina of the original paint with an off-the-shelf rattle can.

I could be wrong, but I've seen enough poorly done pho-patina paint jobs, by professionals, to know that I wouldn't want to attempt it with my limited painting skills.

Good luck,

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post #3 of 4 Old 09-28-2021, 04:55 PM
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A pint of base should do.
You can get a local paint shop to color match and compensate some for the fading.
HF sells decent cheap spray guns.

Or paint the frame black.
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Find a color to match and then use a satin clear coat. Take something small off that's painted and try to match it.

Before late 73 all frames were black. My friend Charles has a November 1973 built 74 and his is black. The one I took and replaced off mine built in January 1974 was the original green.


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