Thursday, March 26, 2015

Silver Lining

One day I saw that one of my shackles was missing. The thought of someone stealing something off my Jeep made me very angry. I know some folks say it could have rattled off, but I do not believe that was the case in this instance. I told myself not to dwell on the fact that it was gone. So I turned it into something positive.

I decided to paint the two shackles I received from Jeep when I bought my Rubicon. And I bet you can guess what color I decided to paint them. Yep -- Plum Crazy Purple to match my grille inserts. I will put the original shackle in my recovery bag and order another one. So I will have 4 in all. 

I emailed John from Regenbogen Auto Works. He did a fabulous job! When we were putting the purple shackles on the Jeep I noticed there was some wear in the paint and rust in the hooks where the shackles were. So I guess the theft was a blessing in disguise. 

I got to work today on removing the rust and fixing up the chipped paint. I am sure this might be a yearly maintenance for me but it is worth it. 

The first step was to sand off the existing rust. I used a wire brush and sandpaper.  

Then I sprayed it with a rust treatment. I used this Rust Treatment spray from Napa / Permatex. This spray is suppose to destroy rust on contact. Now I will wait 24 hours for it to dry then add the top coat. 

This will be the same process I will take on my skid plates that have been scratched up from my trail rides at Rausch Creek Off Road Park. 

Tomorrow I finish this process with step 3 which is adding the final coat by using a black spray paint.

This will be my first attempt at any sort of Jeep maintenance. When I had my Sahara I began this process with the skid plates but never finished it because I traded her in for the Rubicon.

If the shackle never went missing or was stolen I would have never discovered the rust. So now I am able to take care of it before it gets too bad. So now I will start looking for the silver lining in my black clouds! 

Check in tomorrow to see the finished project!

         - Simple Living! - Enjoying Life! - The Jeep Life! - 


  1. Why ???? in the name of the good lord would you even leave the D-ring out in the weather, to start with ?? because you Look COOL !!!! Stupid is as stupid does. Mine are all in my recovery bag.. along with tools ..2 straps.. jumper cables... Clean And Safe INSIDE my Jeep ROFLMAO

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