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Meet Red, my 81 Restomod Build

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What about just dabbing the holes with touch up paint during installation so it serves as lube for the fastener and seals any rippling/chipping/peeling? I'm not a paint expert, so if there's something inherently dumb about that, I plead ignorance.

I would get a counter-sink bit to match the angle of the new hardware, personally. That would both touch up the chatter and also give you better fitment with the new screws.
That's what I did on these. Didn't seem to matter. The paint issue really isn't caused by the rotational friction, but by the deformation of the paint film due to the fastner pressure. On these upper hinge screws, I held the screw stationary and tightened the nut on the back. On the lower hinges I had to tighten the screw, and it actually wasn't as bad. The counter sink bit is a good thought, but then I'm looking at black hinges.
 

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I'm very interested in this topic - I'm close to installing my hinges.

I saw in a catalog (Eastwood?) where they mentioned using heat to soften the paint... I've put that idea in my "toolbox" - but, have never tried it.
That sounds like it might work, but I'm a bit nervous about heat. It wouldn't take much to get it too soft and the twisting screw could pull a whole patch loose!
 

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You like the look of the black screws against the red. Seems the only way to keep that look would be to do what Fummins suggested and fix the counter-sink angle. I would paint factory screws before instalation and then when all is in it's final resting place, touch up with a brush. A better way would be to mask off the hinges and paint screws and hinges together when all in in its final place. One CJ7 I got had all the hinge bolts covered over with body filler for a more custom or smooth look.
 

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You like the look of the black screws against the red. Seems the only way to keep that look would be to do what Fummins suggested and fix the counter-sink angle. I would paint factory screws before instalation and then when all is in it's final resting place, touch up with a brush. A better way would be to mask off the hinges and paint screws and hinges together when all in in its final place. One CJ7 I got had all the hinge bolts covered over with body filler for a more custom or smooth look.
I had thought about having the hinges re-sprayed after assembly- but I really don’t want to have it at the paint shop for a month or two. I guess I’m just trying to decide between going black or just living with it. The black paint on the screws is pretty much bulletproof. I guess I can get it fully assembled and see how the doors and upper hinges turn out. If they are horrible, time to consider black. If they’re passable, I think I’ll live with it as is.

If I was really thinking, I would have welded the screws into the hinges and then used nuts on the backside. But that ship has long since sailed. Would have been a challenge on the upper windshield hinges and the tailgate…
 

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Similar issue on project blue… although the screw heads were body color. I used a small artist brush and touched up as needed.
 

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I know what you’re going through. Honestly it comes down to you and your OCD tendencies. 100 people can admire your Jeep and I’d bet not a single one will notice this Unless you point it out.

BUT …. You’re not building it for others - you are building it for you. Based on your post this is an issue that bugs you. Mine were the miscolored Phoenix decals on my ‘81. I had friends And family saying it was fine - no one will notice. But I noticed so I took them off and did a new set.

I vote fix it - would factory bolts painted to match help at all? I probably have enough great ones in my stash of parts I could send you
 

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I know what you’re going through. Honestly it comes down to you and your OCD tendencies. 100 people can admire your Jeep and I’d bet not a single one will notice this Unless you point it out.

BUT …. You’re not building it for others - you are building it for you. Based on your post this is an issue that bugs you. Mine were the miscolored Phoenix decals on my ‘81. I had friends And family saying it was fine - no one will notice. But I noticed so I took them off and did a new set.

I vote fix it - would factory bolts painted to match help at all? I probably have enough great ones in my stash of parts I could send you
Bugs the crap out of me. But- I guess it all depends on how all the other bolts thread in. I’ve got a nifty solution for the hood bolts, and I’ve got 8 OEM bolts for the rest of the windshield frame. I’m going to get the windshield frame bolted up and then the doors and see how it all goes. If those all go well, I’ll build some custom light brackets for the hinges. If the rest of the hinges go south, I’ll have them all powder coated black.

I’m all honesty, I think the issue is caused by poor quality control on the holes in the hinges, exaggerated by modern painting techniques using high build primer everywhere.
 
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