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  1. #1
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    Saint Paul, MN

    Default My Upgrade History

    I decided to start a single thread about my upgrades instead of being obnoxious and posting a new thread for each one. So here's the history:

    May 2010- purchased 1997 C1500 Ext. cab short box
    Agust 2010- removed rollup tonneau and added gull-wing style toobox- $80
    November 2010- Added brand new Michelin LTX M/S 31/10.5/R15 tires- $750
    Spring 2011- blacked out front-end- grille, side markers, went with a billet aluminum bowtie and black-housing aftermarket headlights ~$200 all said and done
    ~April 2011- powder coated bed rails and chevy racing reciever insert semi-gloss black $60
    June 2011- Airaid CAI with K&N cone filter $40 (craigslist woo-hoo!)

    As you can see its become harder and harder to spend boat loads of money at a time, but I'm still having fun. Today I started the process of painting my Lund bug shield and Duraliner tailgate cap GM black (dupliclor). Started by sanding the bug shield down with 150 grit until it was nice and scuffed then I washed it with isopropanol to remove and dust and dirt from sanding.

    For the tailgate cap I used a 3M brand automotive grinder attachment for my 18V cordless drill and scuffed up the aluminum real nice, making sure to get rid of all the blemishes and the duraliner decal. Then I primed 3 coats using duplicolor scratch filler primer. Here's what they look like right now:
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    Next up I'll get them looking real nice with the duplicolor GM black, then once they're done I'll hit them with a few coats of duplicolor clear coat. Hopefully they turn out good, this is my first time painting accessories that are going to be seen by other people while I'm driving!

    Oh the reason for painting the bug shield is that It was basically a translucent dark color, not really black. It was almost see-through and since it's really big I want I think it'll look much cleaner once it matches my black truck!

    Comments and suggestions are appreciated and I will keep updating this with my upgrades from here on out!

    Kyle- Saint Paul, MN
    1997 Chevy C1500 Silverado Ext. Cab 6.5ft. box
    flo-pro turbo muffler 1-in-2-out with 3" angle cut tips coming straight out the back
    Michelin LTX MS Tires on Stock 15" rims
    Kenwood Deck and front door speakers
    Black bed rails, color-matched black grille, black chevy race emblem receiver insert
    blue dash lights
    "I shoulda been a cowboy"

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    Far West, Oregon USA,
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    Big list of mods & a lot of work Hamm. Love those black trucks
    1988 Chevy C-3500 2wd (no pic)
    350 c.i. 5.7 L Stock Block, 4 Bolt Mains
    L-31 Vortec Heads, Edelbrock Cam & Intake,
    Holley 650, Flowtech Headers, Magnaflow exh.
    Jet Trans 700R4, B&M Ratchet, 4:10 gears,
    3" susp. lift kit "shadetree"
    No rev limiter, No speed limiter lol

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    okay here they are after a few coats of duplicolor GM black and duplicolor protective clear coat
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    here's a few before pictures for reference; i'm fairly happy with the way it turned out. I'm not the biggest fan of the texture of rattlecan painting but for the price and the small things I'm doing I think it's worth it.

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    there's the before pics for reference I forgot them in the last post

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    Looks good, but I do have some advice about your comments on the texture. Rattle can paint doesn't have to have that texture. What I like to do is after the color and before the clear, wetsand it with 1000 grit sandpaper to get the paint nice and smooth. After that, you put on your clear, and once it is dry wetsand it with 1000 grit then 2000 grit sandpaper. It is more work, but if your paint is thick enough to do this, the results can look like they were professionally painted.

    2008 FORD F350. My new all-around truck.
    2001 Silverado Reg. Cab Not-So-Base -- SOLD
    2003 Avalanche Z71. No Cladding. Check out my Mod thread. - Crashed. Will be rebuilt soon.
    1974 Triumph Spitfire 1500 - Work in Progress
    2003 Sierra 3500 Duramax. The Newer, Better Work Truck -- FOR SALE

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    I agree with pmf608, wet sanding makes a big differance. I like to even wet sand my primer before I apply paint color, wet sand and clear coat, wet sand.

    2005 Chevy Silverado Z71 Crew Cab
    6" Skyjacker lift w/Edlebrock dual front remote resoviour shocks, single rear remote. Rancho skid-plate.
    17" x 9" M/T Classic Lock Wheels, 35" BFG A/T or M/T tires
    4.10 PercisionGears w/factory locker, T/A Performance rear-end cover
    Banks CAI intake, ported throttlebody, JBA coated headers, over-sized Magnaflow cats, Magnaflow cat back exhaust, Diablo tuned
    B&M aluminum deep transmission pan
    Warn brush guard w/Warn 9.5 XP winch, PIAA bulbs, Line-X bedliner, AWS Black tool chest, Extang tonneau cover
    Weather Tech floor mats
    Cover-Craft seat covers
    Dash mat cover
    Formula One window tint
    One black Lab in rear seat.

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    The trucks looking good.
    2004 Silverado 2500 Crew Cab 4x4, AMSOIL EA air filter, Granatelli MAF sensor, Throttle body spacer, Magnaflow exhaust (true dual to 2 in 1 out muffler), 6" ProComp lift (add a leaf and 5" superlift rear block), Bilstein shocks, 35's (Cooper Disoverer ST) and 4.10 gears, Rhino Liner, EGRUSA fender Flares and widow visors, extended stainless steel brake lines, firestone airbags w/onboard air compressor, Pioneer Avic X940BT navigation, Accel backup camera.
    1960 Land Rover Series II 88
    2001 Pontiac Sunfire
    2013 Toyota Avalon Limited (Wife's Car)
    NRA Life Member

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    Saint Paul, MN


    hey thanks for the advice so now that its all done and dry I can still wetsand it without ruining anything? I just might do that to finish it up where do you get the 000 or 2000 grit paper?

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    Any auto store should carry 1,000 and 2,000 grit sand paper. Make sure you get wet and dry paper. Have a bucket of water near you when sanding so you can keep dipping the paper in the water and rinsing what you are sanding.

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    Alright time for some more updates...

    The bad news: my tailgate cap did not hold the paint very well; as soon as I put something in my bed that layed across it it got all scratched up. Oh well I'll redo some other day.

    The worse news: my fuel pump finally decided to poop out on me.

    The good news: My buddy happened to be driving by when It happened; used a chevy to tow a chevy, nice. So yesterday a friend and I underwent the grueling fuel pump replacement process. Actually It wasn't that bad because we had air tools and went the easy route. I cut an access panel in my bed and dropped the new one right in. I think the hardest part was getting the old sending unit off, as the corrosion on the nuts was terrible. I'll post a write-up if anyone wants one, as overall I thought it was a fairly easy fix and the only thing I paid for was the pump and sending unit. Saved me about $700 on a shop job, so I'm pretty happy.

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