Daily Archives: April 3, 2012

Somebody get the door

The owner of these Jeep doors wanted to revel the entire Jeep experience. The whole wind in the hair, bugs in your teeth, rain in your face that is Jeeping. You don’t own a Jeep … you live it.

Not happy with the full doors his Jeep arrived with, equipped with roll up windows to keep out the weather, sticks and stinging insects, the owner scouted around until he found half doors. But the red really clashed with the silver of the Jeep so something had to be done.

The first picture shows the door after sanding to rough up the paint so the new silver paint would stick. There are of course a matching set of doors, and what I did to one I did to the other so there is no reason to show both.

The second picture was taken just before I applied the sealer. In the photograph I am wiping the door down with a tack cloth to remove any dust or other foreign matter than may have landed on the door. The tack cloth is nothing but a lint free cloth coated with a chemical to make it just slightly tacky … like a post-it note. Wiping the cloth over the surface to be painted causes any particles to stick to the cloth leaving the surface perfectly clean.

Picture three has me spraying on the urethane sealer. The sealer seals all the stuff below it and provides a neutral color for the base coat that follows. The sealer comes in one of seven shades of gray, from almost white to nearly black. Each color specifies a corresponding shade of gray. Darker colors generally get the darker sealers, the lighter colors the lighter ones.  Because the doors are being painted silver, the sealer is in the lighter colors.

The sealer also provides a quick cover when changing colors. If I were to try to paint silver directly over this red it would take 50 coat to cover. Okay, that is an exaggeration, but it would take a heck of a lot more than the normal two, three or four I usually do.

Photograph four shows the door after the application of the base coat, the color layer of the paint. Not much color change is there between the sealer and the base coat? A darker sealer would darken this silver up, a lighter sealer would lighten it. But a near match means the color comes out true.

Another quick wipe down with the tacky cloth in picture five to make sure everything is clean, then the clear goes on in picture six.

Where the base coat dries to a flat and lifeless finish, the clear not only provides a layer of protection to the base coat below, it also gives the finish it shine.

Compare the last photo, taken after the clear has been applied to the picture above (#4) with just the base coat. The difference is clear … no pun intended.

Just because you drive a Jeep, a rough and tumble vehicle that is ready for anything if there ever was one, doesn’t mean you can’t look good at the same time.

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