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    That would be called a package tray. Looks...

    That would be called a package tray. Looks like replacements are available and CHEAP ! Here is a link from Jegs:...
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    Looks like a really nice job!

    Looks like a really nice job!
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    painting a replacement plastic grille

    Switching my 04 Dodge Ram to a sport configuration. I bought a new replacement grille (see pic for example, the arrow isn't relevant). Its shipped bare, just black molded plastic w/o any primer,...
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    What width of fineline do you recommend for this...

    What width of fineline do you recommend for this job?
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    painting a used bumper cover

    Have a used urethane bumper cover from a sport option Ram on a 2004 dodge. I have two questions.

    1. The air dam is integrated into the cover (see orange arrow), requiring me to tape it off so...
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    I think he is more focused on increasing his...

    I think he is more focused on increasing his subscriptions as a content provider, than he is focused on profiting by rebuilding salvaged vehicles. Its like shock news, can't get anymore shocking...
  7. Thread: ugh...

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    Its a 2000 and I'm in the rust belt, so...

    Its a 2000 and I'm in the rust belt, so unfortunately not much in the yards worth dragging out. This was my tow rig, so I'm limited in how far I go for a candidate...

    Here is the before shot......
  8. Thread: ugh...

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    ugh...

    Son wiped out my truck due to a snow/ice storm. Luckily he walked off w/o any injury, truck did its job that way.

    I put alot of work into restoring this thing; not sure I'm going to be able to...
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    Its a car trailer... I think the road prep around...

    Its a car trailer... I think the road prep around here is worse than a salt water bath.
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    Thanks for the input Len. Unfortunately I am...

    Thanks for the input Len.

    Unfortunately I am out of the painting weather (no place to do it but outside). I sanded the manufacturers paint (pretty poor coverage), and used a roller to apply some...
  11. Thread: suggestions?

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    Or, find yourself some rust free replacement...

    Or, find yourself some rust free replacement doors. Then scuff and shoot your paint. If you factor in the time and materials to do the repair, its an easy justification to spend a few hundred on...
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    trailer axle protection

    Rust belt is rough on trailers.... the 3500 lb axles on my trailer rusted so bad they failed. I bought new axles, and have some new paint on them. But want to protect them from chips that will...
  13. Thread: rocker fun

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    Folded over tape and the first major bend (bottom...

    Folded over tape and the first major bend (bottom one) really hid the transition between new and old. First time I tried that tape trick, won't be the last.
  14. Thread: rocker fun

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    Was out of town all week, but got some primer on...

    Was out of town all week, but got some primer on it tonight... if the weather holds, it'll be white tomorrow - single stage urethane. I'll blend it at the first body crease in the back, not worried...
  15. Thread: rocker fun

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    This right side rocker had similar fitment...

    This right side rocker had similar fitment problems as the left, only I didn't have to cut relief slots in front to shorten it. I spent a few hours just getting it close enough to start welding,...
  16. Thread: rocker fun

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    rocker fun

    I had restored the other side of the truck a year or more ago. Time for the right side... Unfortunately the inner rocker was bad in one spot, requiring a patch. I was going to omit the drain...
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    final picture ... minus paint

    Back to painting, I took a shot of the stand while I had opportunity. I need to paint it, someday...
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    in progress picture

    All I have is this build in progress picture... Its missing the latch mechanism and wheels...


    Here is the link to the manufactured one:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmMhN95-jzg
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    your favorite paint stand?

    Trying to paint a truck door, entirely, was giving me much trouble. So much so, I spent a lot of time looking at them and found a panel stand that seemed just what I needed. Trouble was, it was...
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    Ended up using 1500 on my Hutchins 6" 3/32 DA. ...

    Ended up using 1500 on my Hutchins 6" 3/32 DA. Followed with Compound and then glaze... looks pretty good for single stage (Omni MTK). I put about 3 coats on it.
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    gave it a bit more time

    This is my first time using vinyl, seemed to work well... not bad for less than $10 from eBay. The single stage Omni MTK sanded ok with the 1500 grit. Followed with compound, then glaze.... Its...
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    Tight radius color sanding

    I painted a 2000 Dodge Ram tailgate with single stage urethane (Omni MTK). I have a 6" Hutchins 500-H (3/32 throw) DA. I used the DA with 1500 3M sandpaper to the flatter spots to remove trash...
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    applying vinyl decals to fresh paint job

    I bought some vinyl decals that look like the original ones that Dodge put on these 2000 Dodge Ram trucks. I shot single stage urethane (Omni MTK). Its a bright white color, the vinyl is black. ...
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    finally got to the tailgate

    Day job taking up all my time.... finally started the tailgate job. It was attached with double sided tape. The heat gun and metal putty knife did the job, side affect was the heat made the plastic...
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    I'd give these a try... you can get them in 2" or...

    I'd give these a try... you can get them in 2" or 3". Or you can get them for your 4.5 grinder. I prefer the smaller ones though.
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  26. Thread: rust fun

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    Thanks. I've noticed an important relationship...

    Thanks. I've noticed an important relationship with components on these 2nd generation Dodges, if the seat rails are rusty - the floor is going to be rusty.

    I think I want to try a different...
  27. Thread: rust fun

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    Inner floor is installed... I lapped parts of...

    Inner floor is installed... I lapped parts of it... weather was about to go very nasty, so I didn't have time to dress welds and make it pretty, slapped some 3M seam sealer around it and painted it...
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    The unbroken one pictured is one I pulled from a...

    The unbroken one pictured is one I pulled from a junk yard donor. It is doable with a couple plain old screw drivers. The trick is to stick a screw driver through the hole in the front, push against...
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    So there is a trick to this thing. It has two...

    So there is a trick to this thing. It has two hooks at the bottom, and has two small tabs at the top that you need to press down to get this thing out. I had to break one to figure it out. Dealer...
  30. Thread: rust fun

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    painted...

    Night before I hit it with epoxy primer, and it was the worst orange peel I ever had. I hate spraying in the dark with a trouble light.... Grabbed some 320 this afternoon, put some dish soap and...
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    If you have a MIG, you might consider this option...

    If you have a MIG, you might consider this option from Eastwood.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEyE8PibVDs
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    how to remove this valve

    I assume its an air valve or sorts, for when you close the door with the windows up. Mine is screwed up, and I am going to spray color soon, so I'd like to get it out. No apparent access to the...
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    2000 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4

    Its a 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4.

    I forgot to show the front area fit... here it is prior to welding... It was a challenge to get the seams so tight on such a large patch.
  34. Thread: rust fun

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    rust fun

    bought a beater truck, floor looked great when I slid under - one small pea sized hole near the parking brake cable... pulled the rubber flooring after I bought it - AGGHH!

    Had to cut the outer...
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    Hahahaha... I was thinking of hanging it right...

    Hahahaha... I was thinking of hanging it right side down, then doing a handstand and using my feet to sand it... you know, gotta make the work challenging or we'll get bored!

    Actually, I have a...
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    Well, been doing this as a hobby on/off since the...

    Well, been doing this as a hobby on/off since the 90s... I've been off for about 6 years straight.

    The new variable is painting outside... between wind, temp, uv exposure, bugs, and daylight (or...
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    Used to be able to get repro black paint, it had...

    Used to be able to get repro black paint, it had texture - typically you don't want to get any buffing or wax product on that stuff. I still have a quart can of the stuff that Year One used to sell,...
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    Yes, upside down. Why? When painting in a...

    Yes, upside down. Why? When painting in a dirty environment, its best to arrange the parts so that you minimize the horizontal area for trash. I paint hoods, tailgates, lids, etc vertically.
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    Don't know about ford, but mopar did all the...

    Don't know about ford, but mopar did all the gloss work then masked and shot flat black on top.

    Here is a related thread...
    ...
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    Thanks, I'd do the razor blade again if the clear...

    Thanks, I'd do the razor blade again if the clear came off pretty easy like this job did.

    But next time I'll pick one that doesn't have the peeling issue, because the scuff and shoot on the...
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    run repair, or sand and topcoat?

    Painting outside, at dusk, has more than a few challenges... I thought that section looked like the primier was showing through, turned out to be an optical illusion. I have a course and fine...
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    Thinking I only need 1.5 and 1.8. Is the difference between FinishLine kits (other than tip size), only the cup?

    Thanks!
  43. Have to add to my collection of paint guns...

    I really need to replace my dedicated primer gun. I'd like a Sharpe Colbalt, but those haven't been made for years, hard to find. Anyone have a recommendation on a dedicated primer gun?

    Thanks!
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    I have one like Len sells, but older, made by...

    I have one like Len sells, but older, made by Marson. I recommend it for anyone shopping old vehicles or used body parts. Its a great tool to knock out those claims like, never been painted, no...
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    Straight razor blade did the trick, thanks for...

    Straight razor blade did the trick, thanks for the ideas. It was pretty quick, and didn't destroy the previous work on the fender.

    Next time I buy used "southern" body parts, I won't be so...
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    Hmm... If I can get my pressure washer going,...

    Hmm... If I can get my pressure washer going, I'll give it a try.
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    What grit would you recommend? This fender is...

    What grit would you recommend? This fender is far from flat. Here is a pic of the other side that I sprayed yesterday...
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    peeling clear coat

    Have a stock fender that has peeled. It is a front fender from a 1999 Dodge Ram, a rust free replacement. Base coat seems fine. About 50% of the clear coat came loose.

    I want to minimize prep...
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    Well, I didn't care for the trim yesterday.......

    Well, I didn't care for the trim yesterday.... but now its growing on me :-/

    Thanks for the ideas. I think I have a putty knife attachment on my multi-tool, that would probably work similar to...
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    tailgate trim panel removal

    Have a tailgate from a 2000 Dodge Ram. It has that factory lower gate protector on it. It needs to come off so I can prep and paint the tailgate.

    What is a good way to remove it? I started to...
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