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10-02-2010, 08:54 PM #11
10-02-2010, 09:05 PM #12
And More pics!
You guys are gonna love this part! I wanted to keep this my work truck, so It WILL continue to be driven all year round! The paint was bought through an EBAY supplier for $77.00 per gallon, I bought a gallon of blue, green, and black. So I only have about $225 in paint for the whole truck, that included painting the whole frame and suspension. The clear coat was about $300, and that was because we put 5 coats on to get a real deep shine. Not too bad considering I paid $147 for one quart of PPG paint for my Silverado!
10-02-2010, 09:12 PM #13
Well my bed was damaged pretty bad, between the rollbar and constant sliding stuff in the bed it was due for something. Normally if you repaint a bed and don't have it "Baked" your pretty much wasting your time, it will stay soft and pretty much just scrape off in no time. So I was going to have it professionally done with a spray in bed liner, well long story short they wanted $650 to do it so I told them to get lost. I found a kit on TCP Global (my airbrush supplier), SEM bed coating tintable version. I got it for $86 to my door, It came with it's own gun and a gallon of bed coating and a tinting catalyst. You mix in 1tsp. of your desired color, in my case sublime green and then mix it well and spray it in the bed. I am super happy with the results, but then again I did a very thorough job of prepping the bed too! 6 hours worth of sand, sand, and more sanding!
10-02-2010, 09:18 PM #14
And more bed Pics!
I was going to try and two tone the bed as well, but the masking tape proved to be no match for the pressure of the gun and thick material. But I am still super happy with how it turned out. The picture of the squirrel is kind of a funny story, but long story short, my boyfriend was shooting the clear on the truck and all of the sudden an acorn shell came out of the sky and landed right on the hood and stuck in the really wet clear coat!!!!!! Needless to say I took a picture of him, right before he got picked off with a .22 shell. When you don't have a spray booth this is what you deal with!
10-02-2010, 09:24 PM #15
Now keep in mind the truck hasn't been final wet sanded or buffed, but these are the final pics of what the paint will look like. We sprayed the blue pearl on the whole truck via the clear coat, I can see why it is better left to the professionals. It is very easy to make a mistake with that, but nothing that can't be wet sanded out LOL! We mixed too much pearl in actually, because the black now looks like a deep royal blue with about 20 different colors in it which is still awesome! The green looks really wild in the sun, almost like a blue green mist. Definately a nice touch for a $12.00 bag of pearl, another ebay find. Also painted the brake drums to match, seeing as how they used to be yellow rustoleum and now they are sublime green with clear coat to make them shine!
10-02-2010, 09:31 PM #16
New wheels and tires!
Well after almost 50,000 miles on my BFG's they were finally bald and dry rotted, so I got a brand new set of Cooper STT tires for $69 each at a local swap meet from a vendor. He is the same guy I bought a new set of Mickey Thompson MTZ for $540 out the door. I was running 215/75/15, but I decided to go a bit bigger and went to a 225/75/R15 and they are just right! The wheels I also found at a swap meet for $80 for the whole set, they are oxidized and such but they are going to be repainted to match the truck next year since we ran out of time this year. They will be black and green in the same pattern though, and I also have a set of 15" Cragars that I run in the summer on this truck as well.
10-02-2010, 09:40 PM #17
While we were at the swap meet, I came across a pop up sun roof for $15 and all the pieces were there and in perfect shape so I went ahead and bought it. My boyfriend had done several T-tops in his life time, so he was not so afraid like I was LOL! The hardest part was getting the interior trim piece screwed into the bottom of the sun roof, It took us all day basically but it really made a difference in the looks of the truck. Definately my favorite thing on the truck now, I wanted the pop up versus power because the power ones are just more to go wrong when they break.
Well that's all the updated pics for now, all that's left is to paint the front grille to match, and I have a little extra something for the rear bumper that I don't want to give away yet! Stay tuned for more...........
10-02-2010, 09:45 PM #18
Here are the finished sun roof photos, black windshield RTV silicone to seal it and hopefully it won't leak! The last pics are of the panel that was cut out of the roof, I freehanded some flames with fineline tape, and then I freehand pinstriped it just how I'm going to do my truck. I am going to stripe the whole truck in Magenta One Shot paint, and my MAC 00 brush and a steady hand!
10-02-2010, 11:02 PM #19
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That truck looks AWSOME.. it did before but wow talk about looking good. and all a home job for a fraction of the cost. And yeah you get a huge thrumbs up from me for driving it daily!Mike
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10-17-2010, 06:23 PM #20
Painted the front core support, and all the undercarriage stuff gloss black. Inner fenders painted to match, and radiator shroud painted to match.
I bought a sheet of diamondplate, and cut it out in the shape of the top of the bumper and replaced those ugly plastic bumper pieces. The diamondplate was also clear coated for durability,
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