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: 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!