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IN2DEEP 07-09-2001 06:01 PM

Needing fiberglass painting tips
Ok fellas, I'm getting ready to put the paint (base coat/clear coat) to my CJ5. I have NEVER painted before. A few rattle can jobs here and there... but otherwise..NOTHING.

Anyway, I've read a lot of the posts on this board, but most pertain to metal. My Jeep is mostly 'glass. Tub is used and painted already (will be re-painted). Front clip is virgin fiberglass, and the windshield frame/front grill are steel with primer.

I plan on pulling the front clip and painting the parts individually. I'm getting assistance from a buddy who has painted cars before (non-professional) but hasn't done anything with fiberglass. He has the air compressor and the room to paint, most of the tools, and I will be buying supplies.

Just looking for comments...... Anything to remove the mystery of painting and to help this task come out good.

Oh... and I realize it's a JEEP... but I want a good paint job. It's my daily driver, AND my weekend toy.


z50k2 07-09-2001 06:34 PM

Re: Needing fiberglass painting tips
Drew, I am not a painter, but watched boat yards paint all of the boats I worked on. Surface prep is the most important. The type of paint you are using may dictate the prep work and primer that you need to do. What paint are you using?
If you get time gimme a call..

CJ-7,401,T-18,Scout D 300,Pro-Jection,Dana 60's,Detroits,38" Hawgs, 4" BDS SOA,

Mel85CJ 07-09-2001 07:18 PM

Re: Needing fiberglass painting tips
I know when we painted our new glass tub, we wetsanded off the gelcoat. Then lots of cleaning & prep. Good luck - don't be scared, YOU CAN DO IT! The paintjob my husband did on our Jeep was the first for him too. Heres a pix of it right after.


IN2DEEP 07-09-2001 08:48 PM

Re: Needing fiberglass painting tips
Hey Ricky I'll give you a shout when I get a chance. I am up in the air about just about everything. I'm just looking for suggestions. I'm investigating everything I'm told, just to shift things to my favor. I'm using a local auto body supplier as my lead, but I'm hesitant to follow anybody blindly. I'm not sure what paint I'm using. I'm angling toward "NASON"?? It's supposed to be a cheaper paint made by DuPont. That is what the Cave's Auto Body is suggesting, and is available in any color. But I don't have a personal preference.

Mel, I am thrilled to hear that your husband painted that JEEP himself. I have that pic on my screensaver here at home and at work. It's gorgeous.... should be blue.... but it's still sharp!!! Nice work.


teejay68 07-09-2001 10:24 PM

Re: Needing fiberglass painting tips
Well, prep is the key (wet sand and clean). Seal it with an epoxy primer made for fiberglass. As far as the paint goes, ask the supplier about fisheye remover. The biggest problems in painting plastics and fiberglass is that you may need to add stuff to the paint (flex additives, and fisheye). Make the first base coat "dusty". Dont try to lay down a nice shinny coat of paint on the first coat. As you continue, watch for the paint and clear between coats to react ( it shouldnt, but its possible). Finally, dont get carried away with each coat of clear. It may go on really nice, but if the coat is too heavy, you will develope sags in the finish. If you get them, dont worry, you can wet sand and buff them out after its dry.
Oops, one last thing. The base coat when sry will not look too glossy. that is normal for base coat/ clear coats. you gloss comes from the clear.
Have fun, and wear a respirator!

**DONOTDELETE** 07-09-2001 11:15 PM

Re: Needing fiberglass painting tips
I can offer many suggestions in this area and go on for days with the tips and tricks to help guide you along, sounds as if you are getting some good ones already. I was formerly with "Hairy Glass". For those of you unfamiliar with him he is the one and only when buying racing bodies such as fiberglass, carbon and kevlar. They make most of the bodies for NHRA and occassionally some 4x4 goodies. Anyway feel free to drop by our site we do have a toll free number and we're always glad to assist in any manner. We may not know it all but we'll get you in touch with the ones who do. Patience will be your best friend in your painting endeavors, lots-o-luck. check out our "works of art link" to see some of our paints.

Smokngun 07-09-2001 11:32 PM

Re: Needing fiberglass painting tips
I didn't sand the gel coat "off" but scuffed it well with 400 grit wet paper. Then laid on epoxy primer/sealer, let it dry and shrink for a week, wet sanded, then put on the color. I did the same for all the steel parts except I fully striped them first, then did the filler work, then put on a coat of "anti-corrosion" primer before the epoxy.
I used all PPG products and a one step paint (not a base coat/clear coat). The final product will only look as good as the prep work. Clean well between primer and color with a wax/silicone remover, and wet sant the primer before applying color. The color will NOT cover imperfections in the primer. Make sure the primer looks as good as you want the final coat of paint to look and it will turn out great! My Jeep was my first paint attempt and except for a bit of orange peel (that I know was from not wet sanding the primer well enough[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/mad.gif[/img]) it turned out great. Good luck and post pic's when you've painted it!

Mike H.
1983 CJ-7 Laredo,It's Orange! Now I just have to put it all back together.

apetroski 07-10-2001 06:42 AM

Re: Needing fiberglass painting tips
I just finished painting my tub last night. Good Prep work, a good primer and good paint are a must. Practice on something 1st. I painted my boys power wheels jeep before doing the tub, Both came out great. If the tub is off the frame, Paint the bottom 1st, It adds a nice finished look to the fiberglass.

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