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Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: The Palouse
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Re: Suggestions for painting hinges??
If you don't remove the hinges the back sides will not be painted. This is one place that is a rust catcher. Removing the hinges gives you a chance to break the rust bond on the torex head screws and put a little anti-seize compound on them as well as inspect the winshield for rust damage.
Sandblasting is not necessary, but scuff the hinge with sandpaper to give the new paint something to grip to. Use a coat of primer, this will soften the OEM paint and give the new paint a good layer to bond with. Then put on two to three coats of what ever color you want. Let it dry ... hard before you put it back on and put some RTV on the back side, a very thin layer to help keep down the rust monster from destroying the winsheild frame. Then after you put in the torex screws (or botls...) mask off the hinge follow up with an additional layer of paint to seal the torex screws. The last step is to put on a couple of coats of clear coat. This should help the finish stay nice a lot longer than if you did not clear coat.
Be careful of the type of paint you use. Paint's react to each other. If you get the wrong kind, the paint will soften the OEM layer and possibly destroy it... then you don't need to sandblast as you are down to bear metal, or ending up with a "wrinkle finish."