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Hey guys, is there a way not to hurt the paint of freshly painted parts when bolting your car together? When I bolted my door hinges on I crack some of the paint under the heads of the bolts when I tightened them down. I will be hanging the fenders soon and do not want to mess up the paint when I bolt the fenders on. Any tricks? Hints? Tape under the heads??

Kevin
1971 Mach 1

408C Stroker - C4 w/3,000 stall - 8.8" Rear w/3.73's - Disc brakes all way around.

 

 

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Sorry, didn't read your post well enough, didn't have any problems with paint cracking while bolting it on. Assumed that you were asking about scratching other surfaces.

Larry

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I use washers made from milk jug material, panels slide around easy for adjustment without scratching. then I replace them one by one. 3m yellow tape one all the edges. also works instaed of the plastic washers if you don't want to make them

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sorry I didn't help with your question. if the film thickness of the primer/paint is thick and you get the cracks you may have to live with it. put some paint or clear on the cracks if you can to keep moisture out

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I use plastic washers under my fender bolts. I plan on removing my fenders to install my engine. When I install fenders for the final time I plan using the plastic washers to get alignment. Then remove one at a time.

- Mike

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