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Old 07-26-2006, 04:25 PM
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Tips on painting truck roof and hood?

I'm getting ready to paint my son's 4WD Ranger and I'm wondering if anyone has any tips on painting the roof and hood on something that taller than you are. The bed is off so I will be able to stand on the frame and get the rear of the roof, but the front is going to be too long of a reach from there and I'm thinking a ladder is going to be the only way.

Any good way of doing this???

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well a small step ladder or if ya got any freinds from the phone/ electric company, have them bring out a boom truck and hover overtop. assuming your painting outside.
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painting roof

hey,why not put some planks across the back of the cab, laying them across the frame rails? Be careful to watch your air hose so you dont drag in the paint. Al
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Make some horses and use some planks so you can walk along the sides at a convenient height..Much better than ruining a paint job or falling off of something makeshift..

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Well Sam your idea sounds best so far, moving it in the booth would be a PIA though to move so to do the sides. But you have given me an idea to paint the roof sepereate from the rest of the truck. There is an easy break line at the drip rails and on around. Might take an extra day but could make the finished job much better. I'm shooting epoxy tomorrow so we'll see how the ladder works first and go from there.... Never thought about how I was going to do this while prepping it, we're replacing the hood so I was standing on it sanding. I'm shooting metalic so I want to shoot everything at once otherwise I'd stand on the old hood and go
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LanceM,

It sounds like you are not painting the fenders so why not do the hood on some saw-horses, elsewhere in the shop. Then make a walking plank for the front of the cab by using two ladders with a plank between them. So you can paint the back of the cab from where the bed will be and the front of the cab from where the hood will be. Then when you finish with all of the painting put the hood back on the truck.

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Pull the valve cores out of the valvestems and let the air out of the tires, the truck will drop and sometimes will make just enough difference to reach across the roof and hood without much of a problem. On taller rigs I usually lower it as low as possible with just enough room to get paint on the rocker panels.
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I just painted a conversion van and the little trick that I did was to mask off the sides of the vechile that way I could lean against them and reach across. Once the top was fully dry I then masked the top off and painted the sides. Turned out real good.
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Let the air out of the tires
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