Daily Archives: April 21, 2012

Snow white

Thursday we got the mighty Ford into the booth to get some paint on it. We finished up the painting and got most of the truck back together Friday.

The first picture shows what we started with. The gray splotches are primer covering chips and nicks in the paint. The paint was already quite dull from years wear, but after we sanded it, to give the new paint something to stick to, it was even duller.

The second photo is of yours truly painting the top of the cab. When I paint the top of tall vehicles, SUV and crossover type vehicles, I have developed my own way to reach the top. I stand on a metal five-gallon bucket. Hey, it works! I don’t care if I get paint on it, if it gets damaged I just throw it out and get another, and it puts me up high enough to do the job. But trucks are even better. They have this handy platform in the back that is just right for standing on to paint the top.

The third photo is Mike painting the sides and lower portions of the truck. He’s young and it is easier for him to bend over and paint the bottom edges than it is for an old fat guy like me.

The fourth photo shows the truck after Mike and I finished spraying on the base coat. A lot of white cars are still painted with single stage paint … paint that doesn’t use a base coat/clear coat system. Single stage paint dries shiny, but because it doesn’t have the protection provided by the clear coat, it requires a lot more maintenance to keep it looking nice. The owner of this truck stepped up to the two stage paint, a finish that is a little more expensive but will last longer with considerably less maintenance. Because this is a two stage paint the base coat dries flat, as you can see here.

Photos five and six show the truck after the application of the clear coat. As you can see, the clear coat makes all the difference in the world in how the paint looks. The clear coat adds a lot of depth and shine to the paint, in addition to the protection it provides.

Because the truck was so big it took the entire booth. We had to let the truck dry overnight so we could move it out of the booth to make room for the hood and tail gate.

The hood was in rough shape with a lot of failing paint. Mother nature had certainly taken its toll. We completely stripped the hood and painted it as a separate step. In the seventh photo you can see Mike etching the metal of the hood. The etching primer binds tightly to the bare metal of the hood, protecting the metal from rust and corrosion. The etching primer also providing a surface that allows the epoxy primer that follows a surface that it can get its teeth into for good adhesion.

Pictures eight and nine show the hood and tailgate after being painted. They are still wet in these pictures and need to dry before we can install them on the truck.

While the hood and tailgate dried in the booth we started putting the truck, painted Thursday, back together. We installed a new chrome front bumper and reinstalled the lights, mirrors and grille.

Pictures ten and eleven show the truck reassembled with the exception of the hood and tailgate, which were still a little too tacky to install.

Allowing the hood and tailgate to dry over the weekend will make sure they are good and dry and ready to install Monday morning. A few minutes to mount them up and this truck will be ready to go.

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