I have completed painting my car except the hood. Advice is requested. Should the hood be taken apart - if so into 2 or 4 pieces or is it painted as one piece? How difficult is it to reassemble after painting?
Am I being overly cautious?
If a new hood, be sure to file clearance between the openings, don't ask me how I know
Fit the primed hood panels to the rods, and check action.
Then finish paint the hood panels.
Have found the use of Slip-Plate or EZ-Glide graphite paint on the rods lets them side in place easy and have a easy working hood.
Take it apart into 4 pieces and throw away the center hollow split tube and replace with solid round stock. The last one I did, I used a black carbon fiber rod. I didn't have to paint it and it won't rust.
Stainless steel rods work good, too.
If it's bare metal, be sure to use an etching solution before priming, or use a self-etching primer.
When you dissemble the hood to paint it be sure to clean out the rod tubes on the hood.
Also just because you buy the new stainless rods be sure to fit and try them BEFORE you paint the hood. This goes whether you use the stainless rods or reuse the old one's.
After everything fits and works well dissemble and paint your hood.
For some reason I had to sand down one of the new stainless rods to get it to fit properly.
And yes, I did clean all the hood rod tubes before I painted it.
Great information. I guess my apprehensions were warranted. I live in a rather small town and don't recall ever seeing stainless or carbon fiber rods anywhere- any idea where I might get them?
Dan: You said, "be sure to file clearance between the openings" Can you elaborate? i assume you mean the tabs.
Thanks all for your comments - I will heed them all.
Yes the tabs or openings for the rods that hold the panels together.
Repro hood was mfg too close tolerance, and when final painted, raise the hood and scraped away the paint. You need to check action with primer on to be sure you don't scrape finish paint.
You can get stainless rods from Lang's.
The secret is to install the hood hinge rod into an electric hand drill and spin it back into the hinges at slow speed, do not hammer or tap it, you may damage or tweak a hinge.
Try to find the best hood you can and if you need to do any body work do it in such a way that you won't need any filler. Filler will crack and fall out because the hood is opened and closed so often and it flexes and will crack filler. If you can't find a good used hood, buy a reproduction hood.
When I paint hoods, I take off the side panels, but leave the center (top) panels together. I then hang it from the rod, and put some bent coat hangers through the side panel hinges to hold the hood open, but not as far open as it is when on the car--this way the small area on the hinges that won't get well painted (where the other hood side is close to the hinge) are under the hood when it's on the car. I had too man problems chipping the paint on the hinges if I painted them apart.
Did I explain that enough?? Hmmm. . . . Clear as mud, I suppose. . .
James, Dragon Plate.com has carbon fiber rods in about any diameter. KGB