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How-To: Differential cover paint mod

How-To author: Bent XLT

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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.

- 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)
- Sandpaper
- Cleaner/degreaser (SIMPLE GREEN works great)
- Clean towel
- Chisel (optional)
- Rubbing alcohol (optional)

STEP 1-->

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.

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.

STEP 4-->

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.

STEP 5-->

Let first coat sit for 5-10 minutes. Repeat STEP 4 for more coats. I recommend 5-6 coats.

STEP 6-->

Let dry for an hour or more and you have a nice looking cover!


Last edited by 98liftedranger; 11-28-2011 at 12:21 AM.
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