If you don’t properly prepare a Jeep before painting, you can make very frustrating mistakes. We don’t say that to discourage you—you just need to take the proper steps.
The quick guide below will break down how to prep your Willys Jeep for paint. As long as you’re willing to learn the ropes, getting the hang of paint prep will become simple after you give it a try.
First, set up your frame in an area where you can properly pressure wash it. Cleaning it with this method is key. Before putting any new primer or paint on the frame, you have to remove contaminants from the surface. This includes any grime, grease, dirt, and even old paint.
Once you pressure wash the frame, make sure to dry it off. Then, you can move onto the next step—smoothing out any rough edges. You can handle this in various ways, but the best approach is to sandblast the frame. However, not everyone is willing to invest in sandblasting gear, which is understandable.
Luckily, you can use materials like sandpaper, a wire brush, or a metal grinder with a flapping sanding head. In fact, if you have a drill, you might be able to attach a wire brush head for an immensely thorough means of prepping the frame for the primer and paint.
However, you have one more step before applying the primer. To ensure there are no residual contaminants on the frame, give it one more good pressure wash just to be safe. Once you complete this step, you can finally move forward with spreading the primer and paint on your Willys Jeep.
As you can see, learning how to prep your Willys Jeep for paint is a fairly easy process. At Army Jeep Parts, we can help with your search for classic Jeep components for various restorations. We offer Jeep CJ2A parts and even Willys MB parts. No matter what classic Jeep you’re working on, it’s important to have the right replacement parts before moving forward with repainting.