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Can my Plastic Coated Roll Cage be Refurbished?

Discussion in 'General Land Rover Forum' started by Rusty Horse, Mar 26, 2021.

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  1. Rusty Horse

    Rusty Horse Member

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    HI,
    I've been gradually improving the important bits of the 1997 110 Defender a bought last year. As the weather start to get better my thoughts are turning to the cosmetics. It has a full external roll cage that in a number of places has had the plastic coating scraped away and the metal underneath has developed surface rust.

    I can remove the rust and treat the metal but does anyone know whether there is anything that can replace the plastic coating. I've looked at Plasti Dip but suspect it wouldn't be robust enough to last long. Has anyone done this sort of thing or can suggest a tidy way to refurb?
     
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    Good luck,

    All I know is I hate plastic coated metalwork, it ends up looking rubbish and from what I have heard , getting it stripped and replaced is a right PITA.

    If you find different , then please let me know as I haev a few bits need redoing.

    Cheers
     
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    Might be better to have it stripped and painted properly, or even galvanised and then powder coated over the top?
     
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    Is this a Safety Devices cage? If so, unbolt the section and take to a good quality powder coater. Or, mask off the exposed area and buzz back, apply two light coats of a good zinc primer [Upol is available from Halfrauds] and then 2-3 light coats of Eastwoods Underhood Black [available from Frosts and eBay], this gives a proper hardwearing factory finish. Job done.
     
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    I painted mine with single pack enamel tractor paint. Job jobbed. :)
     
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    Thanks for the input. By the sounds of things to get a good finish it looks like the first thing to do is strip all the existing plastic coating off, either professionally or self. Think, I'll have a go first with blow torch and scrapper and see how I get on.
     
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