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Old 11-18-2006, 08:48 AM
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best way to paint hood hinge springs

I'm finishing up my car, this weekend and I have a question to toss out to you guys. I painted my hood hinges body color and now I need to paint the springs. I think if I try to do them body color with base coat clear coat, the paint will crack when the hood is opened and closed a few times. what type of paint should I use or does anyone have a better suggestion for what I should do.

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Powdercoat them.
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Old 11-18-2006, 09:56 AM
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would that not crack when they are stretched?
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You confused us with your post I think.
Your wanting to paint the "springs" Right?
You said hinges.
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Old 11-18-2006, 10:20 AM
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you are correct, I fixed it, it's still early here, I did think about the powdercoating but wouldn't the heat in the oven cause the springs to lose their temper. nothing worse than an angry spring
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No the springs will be fine Ive had my springs for my s10 powdercoated as well as the springer front end on my girls beach cruiser.
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If you paint your springs with BC/CC and they will not crack. BC/CC is flexible enough to be used on urethane bumpers which flex a lot more than springs. I put a piece of flat steel slighly longer than the closed length of the springs to keep them streched so that I could paint in between the coils. Worked great! Dan
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I always paint hood hinge springs with epoxy... its tough and durable.. wont crack or peel etc.. and epoxy is flexible
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Whatever you do with them, I think you need to stretch them a little while painting, to ensure than paint gets in between the coils. Pehaps you could build a little jig to hold them stretched slightly.
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best way to paint hood hinges

I am a production manager in a powder coating plant, I would powder coat the hinge and springs because of flex in the hinge it can crack. I painted cars for 40 years and have used flex additives to help but nothing beats properly aplyied powder coating, expecialy when it is free. you can do it your self in an oven in your yard.
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The problem with powder coating is that the color won't match the hinge. Hood hinges extend less than an inch, and when that is divided into the number of coils on the spring, the deformation is negligible. Having said that, I wouldn't paint throttle springs because they would crack for sure. Dan
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You can color match powdercoat to a T. It has come a long way these days.
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For what it is worth I took some rusty 40 year old Mustang front coils and sandblasted them, applied epoxy then bc/cc. That was a couple of years ago and these things still look great
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When I painted my springs, I just hooked one end on the floor jack and other end on the lifting arm to make it easy to stretch em out. I sandblasted em and sprayed em with DP90 and they havent cracked yet
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