As many of you know my favorite color is purple. So I thought I would add some purple to my all black Wrangler Unlimited. I planned on turning the silver D-Rings purple. Before I made it permanent I decided to test the color out on some smaller D-rings to see what it would look like. I was given two different suggestions on how to change the color.
I started with the spray paint first. Now I've never done anything like this before. Well -- okay, I've spray painted some old wood tables but -- it's just not the same as painting "guy" stuff. Or so I thought. So I went off the advice of some fellow Jeep friends. First, I went out and bought Dupli-Color Automotive Primer, Self Etching spray paint and a can of purple Valspar Premium Finish spray paint.
I sanded down the D-ring...
...washed it off
...let it dry
and proceeded to use the self-etching paint.
After a couple of coats and letting it dry thoroughly I was ready for the purple.
I broke out the purple spray paint. Now, this process took me a couple of days in between cooking dinner, soccer practice, laundry, vacuuming out the Jeep, filling out school forms, and more school forms.
The second D-Ring I used Performix Plastic Dip - purple. This did not take as long. I just hung up the d-ring and sprayed. I used about 4 coats per the suggestion on the can. I also did this on one NFL football Sunday during time outs and half time. It was a pretty quick process.
So after letting them both dry completely, I put them on my Jeep just to see how the purple would look. Now I know these D-rings are smaller than the ones that came with the Barricade Trail Force HD bumper. But I just wanted to get a feel of how the purple would look.
I felt the spray painted d-ring had a better more professional look then the plasti dip D-ring. I know the plasti dip can be peeled off and it's right back to silver -- the original look. The plastic dip process was a lot less time consuming but that could have been because I painted it on Football Sunday when there weren't any commitments.
The plasti dip D-ring also feels sticky and looks like it will get marked up quicker.
All in all I like the look of the spray painted D-ring vs the plasti dip D-ring. But now the question is do I like the purple. I love the purple D-ring. But... I think it clashes with the red and blue of my Jeep Mom license plate. What do you think?
For now I'm going to leave the D-rings the shiny silver color. For now. -- Remember, I have the right to change my mind anytime I want!