This is how I decided to powder coat my hinges. On my 2003 TJ the paint around the hinges for my windshield and doors were chipped and rusting. It was particularly bad on the driver’s side door because that’s what gets used the most. You can buy a new set of stainless hinges (painted or chromed) for the doors and windshield for about $200 USD, but I just happen to have a good friend who works at a powder coating shop. He had previously tested the idea out on the small lower door hinges on his black jeep, and they turned out fantastic. They look good, and the powder coating was put on nice and thick, so they were tough too. I decided to take the dive and do all of my hinges over the last couple weeks. I didn’t do my hood hinges because they are not in need of a repair.. they seem to be holding the factory paint really well. I might do them later cause I think black hinges look pretty cool on my silver jeep, but it seems like a lot of work for just a cosmetic change.
- T40 Torx
- T25 Torx
- Sanding tools or sand blaster
- 30 minutes (removing hinges)
- 4-5 hours (sanding)
- 30 minutes (reassembly)
- 1 hour (painting)
I’m very pleased with the results. My hinges are now good as new, the rust is completely taken care of, and my jeep now looks a little different.. but in a good way. You can see how bad my hinges were to the left. This install really isn’t for everyone though.. It was a convenient thing for me to do because I could do all the sanding and prep work myself. If you’re taking it into a powder coating shop, trying to describe the way to tape and plug them might be a task in itself, but who knows.. they might deal with this kind of thing all the time and it would be a breeze. Either way, if you can sand them yourself, getting your rusting hinges powder coated will likely cost a lot less than buying new ones. I got a killer deal because a good friend did it for me, but it would likely cost no more than $50-$75 to go get it done. There might be some charges on top of that for sand blasting too, but I don’t really know what that’s worth. You could also paint the bolts pretty easily, but I like the contrast of the silver bolts on the black hinge myself. I’ll post an update to this write-up sometime later, maybe 6 months down the road with an update on how they are holding up.
Those of you with a keen eye might notice that all the pictures in this article were of the door hinges only. This is because we did the windshield and lower small door hinges last week sometime, and I didn’t have a camera then. The sanding of the big windshield hinges took about 3-4 hours, and the rest only about an hour total.