Original thread: http://www.ranger-forums.com/f59/how...paint-mod-265/
Let the modding Begin!!
Christian really came up with this mod but I am going to write the howto for it.
This modification turns your plain rear differential cover into a great looking one. True chrome and other types of covers can cost a good bit but luckily this mod will only set you back about $5 and looks just as good.
EST. TIME TO INSTALL
- 15 minutes to an hour, depending on how many coats of paint you make. Also, it may take longer if you decide to chip away the undercoating of the differential.
- Spray paint (I used Dupli-Color Chrome paint and it turned out perfect)
- Cleaner/degreaser (SIMPLE GREEN works great)
- Clean towel
- Chisel (optional)
- Rubbing alcohol (optional)
Make sure your car has been turned off for a few minutes to allow the diff. to cool down some.
STEP 2--> (Optional)
If you see your undercoating has started to chip away then you might want to consider taking the rest of it off. You will need a chisel of some sort if you plan on doing this. If you don't, skip to STEP 3.
I took some regular sandpaper and sanded down the cover first, but if yours is pretty dirty then you might want to use the cleaner/degreaser on it first. Wipe the cover dry with a towel after cleaning.
(Optional)--> If you want to make sure that there is no residue on the cover then you might consider using some rubbing alcohol on it.
Tape around the cover to prevent the paint from spraying elsewhere. Hold the spray paint 6 or so inches from the cover and spread it evenly all around it.
Let first coat sit for 5-10 minutes. Repeat STEP 4 for more coats. I recommend 5-6 coats.
Let dry for an hour or more and you have a nice looking cover!
MORE PICS TO COME!