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Old 01-19-2019, 08:31 PM
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How's the drone at freeway speeds?
I have yet to test it driving, as I am fixing a few other issues before she gets put back on the street. I'll let you know...
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I had already prepped the muffler and tailpipe with VHT black paint.


I am curious as to how you prepped the muffler and tail pipe before painting. I used the POR 15 High Temp on a brand new Walker exhaust. I cleaned everything with brake cleaner first. Did not hold well but I think it was because I did not prep well enough. User error. LOL.
One thing I did was spray the inside of the tail pipe. I used the wand that you can use with a Fluid Film spray can with the High Temp paint to spray the inside.
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I am curious as to how you prepped the muffler and tail pipe before painting. I used the POR 15 High Temp on a brand new Walker exhaust. I cleaned everything with brake cleaner first. Did not hold well but I think it was because I did not prep well enough. User error. LOL.
One thing I did was spray the inside of the tail pipe. I used the wand that you can use with a Fluid Film spray can with the High Temp paint to spray the inside.
1) POR 15 is utter garbage
2) if your stuff was new you never stood a chance, POR stands for paint over rust it will not and can not hold to new un rusted metal
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Old 01-21-2019, 10:45 AM
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I am curious as to how you prepped the muffler and tail pipe before painting. I used the POR 15 High Temp on a brand new Walker exhaust. I cleaned everything with brake cleaner first. Did not hold well but I think it was because I did not prep well enough. User error. LOL.
One thing I did was spray the inside of the tail pipe. I used the wand that you can use with a Fluid Film spray can with the High Temp paint to spray the inside.
Basically, I just sanded it really good with 220, and then a degreaser cleaner. I don't like to use Brake Cleaner on projects unless absolutely necessary. Also, if the VHT does not cure correctly it will likely deteriorate anyway...I am not too worried about it. Just wanted an extra layer against rust.
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Basically, I just sanded it really good with 220, and then a degreaser cleaner. I don't like to use Brake Cleaner on projects unless absolutely necessary. Also, if the VHT does not cure correctly it will likely deteriorate anyway...I am not too worried about it. Just wanted an extra layer against rust.
As I mentioned I think my issue is user error. Should have done more like you did. Instead of just brake cleaner and a wipe down.
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Old 01-28-2019, 08:35 AM
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This weekend was upgrading headlights to H4 halogens, and installation of an upgraded wiring harness relay from K Suspension. I also decided to plastidip the front grill to see how I liked it. I definitely like it! I know some prefer color-match, and I can always peel it if I get tired of the black.


Relay kit was pretty simple to snake through the front end, but I was a bit disappointed in build quality. I had issues with both the quick connect terminals and spade terminal to battery, where the brass either snapped or wires easily slipped out and disconnected. Extra time wasted here re-fabricating, and I really could have used a soldering kit but I cobbled it all together with pliers and zip ties. Anyway, it turned out well, and the pics don't really show just how huge a difference there is over factory headlights.

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I did the headlight harness upgrade. And just used the Wagner BriteLite versions of factory headlights. Very happy with them.

Certain color Jeeps need the black trim IMO. Red, white, maybe gold, or maybe most lighter colors. Black grill, headlight bezels, black bumper caps, and the bumpers themselves. On a white Jeep even the fender flares maybe. Think that is a great look.
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Looks good.
One thing you might consider when you get some of the mechanical upgrades done is a complete interior shampooing. I can tell by some of your pictures that it probably hasn't been cleaned for years (if ever). Not criticizing, just suggesting it basically looks like a good interior and a little cleaning would probably make it look like new.

One thing I do is wait for a period where it will be dry and sunny for a few days. Then get a bucket of warm (or hot) soapy water and apply it on the seats with my hands and a sponge. Start at the top of one seat, Rub it in. Use plenty of soap. Then suck out with a shop vac (upholstery attachment). Then the seat bottom. Then, take a garden hose with a fine sprayer and just spray the seats and suck that out (that's the *rinse* stage!). Maybe give it a second rinse. Then do the rest.

Let dry and/or put a fan inside with windows cracked down. Start in the morning so the sun can build up heat inside.

Anyway, looks good.
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Thanks for the comments, Ralph77.

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Looks good.
One thing you might consider when you get some of the mechanical upgrades done is a complete interior shampooing. I can tell by some of your pictures that it probably hasn't been cleaned for years (if ever). Not criticizing, just suggesting it basically looks like a good interior and a little cleaning would probably make it look like new.

One thing I do is wait for a period where it will be dry and sunny for a few days. Then get a bucket of warm (or hot) soapy water and apply it on the seats with my hands and a sponge. Start at the top of one seat, Rub it in. Use plenty of soap. Then suck out with a shop vac (upholstery attachment). Then the seat bottom. Then, take a garden hose with a fine sprayer and just spray the seats and suck that out (that's the *rinse* stage!). Maybe give it a second rinse. Then do the rest.

Let dry and/or put a fan inside with windows cracked down. Start in the morning so the sun can build up heat inside.

Anyway, looks good.
Great suggestion! I have been thinking that exact same thing every time I open the doors and smell musty carpet/upholstery. Very similar to what you wrote, I read a write-up about interior deep cleaning in these forums and am simply waiting for the weather to cooperate. It is on my list of top priorities for when the temps here in NC decide to go above 60F someday soon. Same thing with my headliner project [spoiler: authentic ripstop DCU fabric]...outdoor temps are too low right now for adhesive to stick.
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Well, the disgusting headliner from 20 years ago was done, and so this project was much-needed. Using some tutorials on YouTube I tackled the removal and replacement over a couple of months. It turned out decent, with a few 'bubbles' and wrinkles here and there. Using rip-stop fabric is not a super great headliner material, but I had my reasons and I am very pleased with the result!








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