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Any reason I couldn't sand down the body to a brushed aluminum finish and run it like that?

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I've got a white 2 door JLR - and it occurred to me that if our JLs are aluminum bodied, could I not get a really slick brushed aluminum finish by removing the paint and brushing it to a nice finish? I'm aware that the corner cowl pieces under the A pillar and the grille are plastic and I'd have to solve for that (maybe get an aluminum replica of the OEM grill fabbed, even), but beyond that are there any non-aluminum outward facing body panels on our Jeeps?

Would be really slick on a Jeep, I think. Something along the lines of this type of texture:
Jeep Wrangler JL Any reason I couldn't sand down the body to a brushed aluminum finish and run it like that? 53050678_2045650068865827_4517171045421023232_n
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I've got a white 2 door JLR - and it occurred to me that if our JLs are aluminum bodied, could I not get a really slick brushed aluminum finish by removing the paint and brushing it to a nice finish? I'm aware that the corner cowl pieces under the A pillar and the grille are plastic and I'd have to solve for that (maybe get an aluminum replica of the OEM grill fabbed, even), but beyond that are there any non-aluminum outward facing body panels on our Jeeps?

Would be really slick on a Jeep, I think. Something along the lines of this type of texture:
Jeep Wrangler JL Any reason I couldn't sand down the body to a brushed aluminum finish and run it like that? 53050678_2045650068865827_4517171045421023232_n
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Maybe he will trade— after all, your convertible comes with a top, his doesn’t ?
 

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Aren't the rear quarters still steel?
Don’t know— but I do know I could have bought one in 1971 that was on the used car lot of John Drew Dodge in Sacramento for $3,995 but my father (mr. practical and all you need) would not co-sign the loan. So I bought my 1 of 500 NASCAR Plymouth ( HP360) instead that would also be high $ today.?
 

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I feel like there is just too much plastic (and other alloys) on the Jeep to make this work theoretically. I.E the grille, fenders, roof panels, hardtop etc to make that quality brushed aluminum look. Also believe the tail gate is some sort of magnesium alloy.
 

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I think the outer tailgate skin is aluminum and the structure itself is magnesium.

It sure would not be low maintenance in raw aluminum. It would need to be constanly gone over with a 3M pad to keep the corrosion from turning it a grayish white.
 

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Plus Jeep will not allow it. Has to stay painted at all times.
Why would Jeep care? Just one less thing to warranty for them. Something they would welcome considering all the corrosion these get around the hinges.
 

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It sure would not be low maintenance in raw aluminum. It would need to be constanly gone over with a 3M pad to keep the corrosion from turning it a grayish white.
And every time you touch it you'd get grey-black oxide on your hands/clothes/etc.
 

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don't leave it bare metal, clear coat it.
 

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Why would Jeep care? Just one less thing to warranty for them. Something they would welcome considering all the corrosion these get around the hinges.
It is in the Jeep paint clause that you signed. I think to quote it exactly it says... "Thou shalt not paint thy Jeep any color other than the original color without express written consent from Mr. Jeep himself". And then later states “… especially do not strip to bare metal.” And also “… no wraps of any kind too.” So there you have it…
 

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It is more than one type of metal, and the spot welds, etc would not produce a smooth look like the beautiful aluminum cobra roadster in your picture that was hand built. If you want the same look I would recommend a wrap, especially over a billet silver paint job.
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