The bed is coming off when I put the pump in, but the firewall is getting painted before the engine goes in.Suggestion:
If you are painting the cab, you may want to pop the bed off so you can paint the backside of the cab.
I see so many paint jobs where this hasn't been done, there is a crappy non blend line back there.
You can also fix any rust - if there is any.
I know it's more work, but worth it.
You can also replace the bed fasteners with stainless and coat the crap out of them with anti - seize.
Fastenall and specialty fastener shops have the bolts.
You might know about this place...
I did this 2 two of my POSs.
You can have the bed off in under 1 hour.
Are you doing base/clear?
If so, don't wait very long in between color and clear. There is a much better chemical bond with short dry time between the two.
Good progress Gringo. :tup:
then the grey stripe is getting painted on once the truck is "whole" again..
never had an issue just using the standard steel bolts. make sure the threads are clean and throw a little anti seize on them.
the underside of the truck is surprisingly clean, and there is a rust spot on the front driver edge of the bed, where the bulkhead is welded to the side..
Just going with Single stage urethane.
Using eastwood high build/self etching primer on the steel (stripping down to bare metal) with PPG shopline for the white and argent,
since there is a automotive paint supplier within shouting distance of my house I walked in with the paint codes and they mixed it for me in about 10 minutes... both paints, hardener, and reducer was $322 out the door.
My dad does all the painting, he just tells me what he needs and I buy.
Not the best picture, but this is one of his paint jobs, Acrylic Enamel, matte black base, something copper pearl coat, with I think three untinted clear layers over the pearl.. We call it root beer.