I painted the headlight bar and front bumper braces with epoxy primer and acrylic urethane topcoat, just like I did for the rear bumper braces almost three years ago. I also painted the special studs that attach the braces to the frame. Once it was all dry, I bolted the bumper braces in place. Now in theory I can install the front bumper, but it is pretty rusty and ugly-looking.
I think I will give my “temporary” front fenders a quickie paint job, so the next step is to build some sort of jig to hold the fenders while working on them.