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Old 06-05-2009, 02:12 PM
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Painting door hinges

I was wondering what the best way is to paint the door hinges? I have a 68 firebird and wanted to remove the door hinges and paint them seperately in order to ensure that I get the whole hinge painted (hang it on a hook from a rack then paint it). I was studying them recently while they were bolted to the car and it looked to me like I wasnt going to be able to get the door hinges completely covered with a nice coat of paint. Im a newer painter so I am not skilled enough to spray glass right out of the gun......so that worries me too when it comes to painting the hinges if they were bolted to the car. Plus I really want to try and paint them a gloss black with the rest of the car being red (I dont know why ).

Plus it seems to me that the hinges are prone to having the paint chip or crack etc so I was wondering if its best to epoxy them and then go straight to the single stage urethane Im going to use or ?

Any guidance or help on this is appreciated. Thx

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What I normally do is take them off and blast them down to metal. Then shoot them with epoxy primer. Then spray the paint while epoxy is still in its open window, which would mean no sanding them at all. Sure beats trying to sand a hinge with all the nooks and crannys well enough, and the likelyhood of paint chipping off because something wasn't sanded well enough.
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Thx Kenseth17!
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One thing you need to remember, if you paint them off the car, let the paint gun "see" them as you will see them on the car!

Don't make the mistake of hanging them and painting them so when you put them on the car there are funky spots where you see them, and the back side looks perfect.

And you are rolling your eyes because of the obvious, think again. I have seen guys do this over and over. I have painters I work with who will do this over and over and over. They will paint a hood hinge and then after it's on the car have to spot paint some bare spot on it.

It is simple, hang it so it is OPEN as you would see it on the car (you don't see your hinges when they are closed right?) AND hang it so you are spraying it as you see it on the car. Sure, get the back side all nice and all too. But if you let the paint gun see it as you will on the car you KNOW it will look good.

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Ah....very good advice Martinsr.....I'm almost positive I probably would have muffed it up like you described happens to some guys.
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