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Advice on how to restore bumperetts and Jerry can

 
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Zartoon
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2022 3:58 pm    Post subject: Advice on how to restore bumperetts and Jerry can Reply with quote

So I went back to where i bought the Jeep and the owner found two jerry cans for me.

I brough them home. they are in pretty nasty condition and since the whole jeep is being painted, I figure I'd just ask the painter to paint the jerry cans too.

two questions:
1. what kind of primer do y'all use after sand blasting parts prior to the OD paint?
2. Is there a way to straighten the bent bumperetts? It looks like mine took some hits and are more of a tilted oval than a straight oval.

thanks

Z
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2022 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been using DupliColor self etching primer, comes in flat OD green just like the primer used on M38...Has worked very well for me followed by 2430 green enamel as top coat.

Primer used on M38 was not red oxide as many people think
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2022 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had good luck straightening out bumperettes with an 8# sledge hammer on my 125 pound anvil. It's spring steel so it takes a lot of heavy hitting to move the metal back into shape.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2022 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dupicolor primer and 8 pound sledge hammer. Got it!

I'll report back. Probably therapeutic after a challenging day at the office. Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2022 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep in mind the primer you used MUST be compatible with the finish coat you intend to use!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2022 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are the new bumperetts being sold on eBay pretty much junk? Or are they serviceable?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2022 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe warm them up a bit with a rosebud?

Course you’d be taking the temper out. Ideally you’d quench them after, but no telling where they’d end up at that point.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2022 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zartoon wrote:
Are the new bumperetts being sold on eBay pretty much junk? Or are they serviceable?


Most of them are junk. Im referring to the repops from Asia.Look carefully at the pictures. Some are so bad that the two ends just about meet. Thin metal of questionable character. Look for take-offs, you will be much happier.

Also pay attention to the mounting hole diameters. The M38/M38A1 have larger holes than the WW2 bumperettes.
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