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Suggestions on putting hinges back on???

Okay, I took my hinges off and am currently painting them black. Now how should I go about putting them back on? It's just bar metal on the back of the hinges and on the doors. What should I do? Should I paint the back of the hinges too? Should I try to paint the bar metal on the doors? Should I just not worry and put them back on? Or should I maybe put some sort of sealent between the two or run a bead of caulk around the hinge after it's back on. Thanx a bunch! I'm doing the back hinges for the tailgate too so keep that in mind. I'll try and post some pics after it's done if anyone wants. It's gonna be black hinges on a red Wrangler....Later.

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Re: Suggestions on putting hinges back on???

Boy, I am FAR from being an expert on paint, but:

I think you mean "bare metal" not "bar metal" on the back of the hinges.

I would go with some good rattle-can rust preventive primer on the bare metal: a couple coats at least (plug the threaded holes with toilet paper or grease and mask the doors well so you don't screw up the finish with overspray) and then just bolt 'em back down after it's had a good long time to cure. I don't imagine a caulk would be needed if you do that.

I wound up refinishing the front fenders on my CJ and used Rustoleum Satin Balck enamel as the top coat. Not too shiny, but has a little sheen. Easy to touch up when you pick up scratches etc.

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