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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-13-2004, 09:44 PM
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Hammerite on exterior?

Hey y'all,
I've been pondering taking a few cans of red Hammerite to my Jeep to revive the faded red paint job. Has anyone used Hammerite in this fashion? If so, can you post pics? Any advice? I'm gonna wash the Jeep down real well, have at it with some heavy duty steel wool, lay down a few coats of Hammerite, and then a few clear coats ...

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Re: Hammerite on exterior?

I haven`t had the chance(yet), to do a body exterior Hammerite job, but it is in the near future when the weather gets alittle warmer. I did use it on both my D-44 & D-60 axles when I shortened them up for my Jeep and its holding up better than expected. I`ve used it alot for bumper/tire carrier projects and painting over other weld repairs. It seems to hold up very well. Usually the only prep I do before hand is a wipe down with lacquer thinner.
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Re: Hammerite on exterior?

1. Hammerite takes a while to cure (30 - 60 days depending on heat and humidity).
2. So, if you top coat the Hammerite,
3. It will remain soft,
4. And not cure for a long time.
5. I'm planning on painting my CJ "Safety Yellow",
6. This summer using hammerite...
7. I've painted hard door exteriors with it,
8. And it hold up well.
9. I've had it on bumpers and frame members,
10. For over 6 years,
11. It still looks good.
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Re: Hammerite on exterior?

So then I should hold off on the clear coat application for a month or so?
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Re: Hammerite on exterior?

Personel preference, but I'd not even worry about the clear coat. I've never had good luck when touching up or adding base to something that has clear on it. Other than that I'd say go for the Hammerite and just let it cure good.

Aren't you on the SJ forum too?

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Re: Hammerite on exterior?

I haven't used Hammerite on my Jeep body, but I do have it on my frame and a set of outdoor lawn furniture. I really doubt that it needs a clear coat, and it may actually harm the finish. The lawn furniture has been painted for almost 1 year and it still looks great. And that is in the Texas sun.

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BMB: Yep, I'm on the SJ forum as well. What can I say, I get around ... in a good way [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Hamerite is tough, don't clear it. it will just peel and look terrible.
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Re: Hammerite on exterior?

Hammerite is great stuff on bumpers and sliders, but I use tractor enamel (re: cheap!) on the body. It can be sprayed(using Naptha as a thinner), then touched up with a small brush later when it gets scratched on the trail. No where near as hard as Hammerite, but cheaper, easy to apply and easy to touch up. Just a thought! (I get a gallon of tractor enamel for about $20 a gallon!)
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Re: Hammerite on exterior?

I used Blue Hammerite on my tub under my rocker guards. I thought it actually looked better than the factory paint on the rest of my TJ. Before I put my rocker guards on I sanded the tub where my guards mount thin cleaned it really well with acetone. I put on about 5 coats of Hammerite waiting about and hour between coats.

I am going to paint my willys truck with it in about 4 months when I finish the body work

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