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Old 05-27-2012, 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by kevost
Well I gave it the ole college try... Didn't turn out too bad. The tailgate and the door have a lot of orange peel. Fenders and the back of the cab turned out pretty good. I wasn't going to cut and buff it, then I rolled it out in the sun and the door definitely needs it. The tailgate im not so worried about. I couldn't get any close ups, but man I forgot how long body work takes. I need to be careful when I do get back to cut and buff, the rest of the truck never has been so I don't want a super awesome nice door and the bed and rest of it to look like a good quality job. The rest of the truck is probably equal to a paint job on a new factory vehicle, very nice, but not super show quality. Here's the few pics I did shoot.

Thank you guys so much for the tips and the help, I don't think I could have done it without you!


Awesome, it's looking great! It looks like you have done a fine job!


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Originally Posted by kevost
Thanks, i've read a lot of your posts on here, I respect your knowledge a ton.

Good post Kevin and I completely agree with you about Martin Sr. He has set me straight a time or two as well! Is that your orange and white 72 (?) in the background? I bought my 72 Cheyenne Super new in 72 for $4200. I thought it was an outrages price! Little did I know. I still drive it weekly!

No that's actually my dads 71 GMC. He bought it last fall as a hunting/work truck. Rides kind of a like a lumber wagon, but still a fun truck to drive.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:46 PM
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Been looking at this thread for awhile. did you do your cut n buff yet? matching the existing paint texture should be pretty easy, just don't sand it down all the way, leave some OP. A pic to illustrate what Im getting at. This was just one pass with 1200 on a block.
I went on to get my panel completely flat, but maybe a quick scuffing is all that you will need for what you are trying to do. I like your work area btw, very roomy!!

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No I haven't started the cut and buff yet. Truck is at my folks so I can only work on it on the weekends when I have time. I was thinking the same thing about the cut and buff, just take it down only as far as needed. Thanks for the advice! You guys are awesome.

As for the work area, it is nice, but it's very very easy to misplace tools lol. And there is only one door on the whole building, so absolutely no air moves through it. I'm glad I got the paint on when I did before the heat really hits this summer.


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FWIW,i had some NAPA hardner in my freezer for over 2 years,i opened it,strained it,,mixed it,sprayed it,came out great.if you have hardner,thats been opened,without being used,if you put some plastic,BETWEEN cap and can (i use a zip loc bag,)and put it in the freezer,it will last a LLLOOONNNGGG time.(im not sure of other brands though) but,almost all,when opened and left out,will get hard in a matter of days...
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