Painted Torx bolt removal

  1. cohocarl

    cohocarl Well-Known Member

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    About to install a set of R.C. A pillar light mounts on my JL when I get the time.

    I haven't removed any of the painted Torx bolts on my Mojito yet and was wondering if damaging the painted heads of the Torx bolts is inevitable, or is there a way to remove them as to not damage the paint?

    Thx
     
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    #2 Oct 9, 2018
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    You could always try wrapping the torx bit with masking tape or maybe even a cloth tape to try to minimize it. Maybe give your local service departments and body shops a call for advice. Or maybe even stop by a good mom and pop body shop.
     
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    Just get touch-up paint, you'll need it eventually anyways.
     
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    You mean the black painted bolts around the cowl?

    Don't be worried about them. They have a very durable finish (powder coat?) and don't mark up with manipulation. Ive had mine off and on at least a dozen times with my light and antenna installs. No marks what so ever. I had an external mirror that used those bolts on my JK, that I also used for a bit on my Jl, probably hundreds of manipulations, and never had a single issue.




    The painted over bolts on the door and hood hinges?

    Yeah....expect the paint to chip around the bolt head.
     
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    Painted bolts for windshield didn’t get marred at all when I took them off to install rugged ridge mirrors. Just be gentle.

    Idea: Teflon tape over torx bit?
     
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    Agreed on both. No problems with the bolts on the cowls, but when I took off the bolts for the tailgate hinge they chipped immediately.
     
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    Thanks for the replies.
    I thought about putting some black tape over the bit and trying that, but I'm sure it's too thick to fit into the head of the bolt, but I like the teflon tape idea.
    Will post on how it works.
     
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    The paint on my windshield hinge bolt was so thick it didn’t look like a torx bolt. I had to remove paint to remove bolt. But replaced bolt anyway with the sleeve for the mirror mount.
     
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    Did you try the teflon tape idea? How did it work?
     
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    I had a tailgate bolt chip as they seem to have a lot more paint on them and required gentle tapping to get the torx bit engaged enough to remove.
    Windscreen bolts seemed to be easier
     
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    Bolts on the windshield hinges came off with just a little extra pressure, the dirt from off roading in the torx inset area makes it hard to tell if paint is gone ... not noticable.
     
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    Just a thought, and you’ll need to be extremely careful, but you might be able to go around the head of each bolt with an X-Acto knife to cut through the paint so it doesn’t chip.
     
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    MAybe try a piece of latex glove around the torx driver? We use that trick at work for a few different things.
     
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