Joined: Fri Nov 10th, 2017
Occupation: Controlled Insanity
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|My goal is to have a decent paint job for less than $350. I am changing the color from pealing paint silver to a gunmetal to charcoal grey. It will be a custom color. I will probably spray two light coats with no clearcoat with a light 1500 grit wet sand in between.
I have found a Paint gun with an adjustable regulator and a in-line descendant filter for the air line at Harbor Freight for less than $50 toatal. I am going to use the NAPA acrylic enamel one stage with no clearcoat. Not included in my initial budget is a painted on bed liner and I am leaning towards the Dupli-Color kit. I hope to have the parts and paint by the weekend - work is interfering right now. The plan is to paint the rear of the cab w/ roof, then the outside of the bed, rear bumper, and then Dupli-Color a bed liner and ladder rack mounts. I am also going to trim the front ladder rack mount to be slightly shorter than the bed like the rear one. Once all of this is cured I will put the bed back on the truck and do the tailgate, front bumper, hood, and then left and right fender/door. I am color matching the bumpers but I need a new lower plastic front valance and grill (these are exempt from my budget). Any help sourcing these would be appreciated - I would prefer a honeycomb grill that would be painted to match the truck.
I have some minor body work that needs to be done. A pinhole gouge at the back of the cab, a small dent in the hood, and a mis-aligned passenger door/front fender. Then there are some heavy scratches. I checked the bondo kit I had on the shelf and sometime in the past 20 years it has turned into a rock. I need to add a quart or half gallon bondo kit to the list of supplies. I have about a third of the sandpaper I am probably going to go through but I have an orbital air sander and my trusty corner cat corded sander for the bigger jobs. The tailgate is going to take some work.
The bed caps have been removed as well as the plastic pads for the step sides. I still have the mud flaps, tailgate flappers, and rear bumper cover to remove. I have pressure washed all visible surfaces of the bed. Before pictures have been taken but I will upload them later.
'04 XLT regular cab 3.slo stepside
Came out of retirement to drive a school bus - I have lost my mind