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07-14-2019 03:20 PM
General_Tarfun
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Originally Posted by zanethan View Post
How hard was it to pull off the windshield wiper cowl? I want to paint mine but last time I pulled on off on a vehicle I cracked the windshield.
That's what I was worried about too but it actually wasn't that bad. The drivers side was a little more stuck than the passenger but neither was horrible.

It helps if you have something to pry with, a long crow bar would have been great. I used a large flat tip to pry it up using the cowl itself as leverage with no problem but if I was doing it again I'd have used a wooden block or something.
07-14-2019 02:30 PM
zanethan How hard was it to pull off the windshield wiper cowl? I want to paint mine but last time I pulled on off on a vehicle I cracked the windshield.
07-14-2019 01:37 PM
General_Tarfun
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That truck looks amazing! Well done Sir.
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Originally Posted by Taylor Spaulding View Post
That trim job looks amazing I think I saw on another thread that you used Mar-Hyde? Is that correct? Did you prep besides some degreaser/acetone?
Thanks guys!

Correct, I've only used Mar-Hyde Black Satin Automotive Trim Coating and a Aerosol Spray Can Trigger for painting.

I've used the same prep process on everything so far that I got from the manufacturer (3M). I scrub down everything that's getting painted with a heavy duty degreaser/wax remover (Krud Kutter) and a green brillo pad. After scrubbing for a while I give it a rinse and see if there are any sections that the water is still beading on. If there are, I repeat the previous step until the water is sheeting off completely.

After that I let it dry and then use acetone on a clean paper towel to wipe everything down, I use a new one for each thing to be painted.

Last step and by far the most time consuming until you get a hang of it is using green automotive painters tape to go around the trim. I've been buying everything from Automotive Touchup and they have a Pre-Taped Masking Film With Dispenser that's pretty awesome, it's a tape roll with a plastic sheet that you unravel after taping it down and covers about 3 feet outward.

Once taped off you're good to paint. The cans go pretty far but here's what I've used for reference:

Wheels: 2 cans
Front bumper cover, Side moldings, door handles, emblems: 2 cans
Rear bumper corners: 1 can
Wetbox and rails: 1 can
07-14-2019 12:38 PM
Taylor Spaulding That trim job looks amazing I think I saw on another thread that you used Mar-Hyde? Is that correct? Did you prep besides some degreaser/acetone?
07-14-2019 10:08 AM
BigErn That truck looks amazing! Well done Sir.
07-13-2019 10:48 PM
General_Tarfun
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That looks awesome !!!!


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Thanks man! It was way easier to do than I was expecting it to be. I didn't even have to remove remove the wheels, just taped it off and stuck some cardboard inside the spokes to keep paint off the rotors.
07-13-2019 10:41 PM
SledheadX
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Just finished up a long day of scrubbing plastics and painting. I painted the wetbox, the window trim, the wheels, the wiper cowling, and pulled the rear bumper cover off to remove the bedliner I did a couple years ago that's been peeling off everywhere. It took forever to scrape all that crap off and I scratched the plastic up pretty good at the same time so it looks like I'll be sanding that down and repainting.



Other than that though I'm happy with how it came out. Hard to believe looking at it that it's the same truck I've been driving since 2006, who would have though that this many years later I'd like it more than when it was new haha.









That looks awesome !!!!


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07-13-2019 08:37 PM
General_Tarfun Just finished up a long day of scrubbing plastics and painting. I painted the wetbox, the window trim, the wheels, the wiper cowling, and pulled the rear bumper cover off to remove the bedliner I did a couple years ago that's been peeling off everywhere. It took forever to scrape all that crap off and I scratched the plastic up pretty good at the same time so it looks like I'll be sanding that down and repainting.

Other than that though I'm happy with how it came out. Hard to believe looking at it that it's the same truck I've been driving since 2006, who would have though that this many years later I'd like it more than when it was new haha.



07-09-2019 11:39 AM
General_Tarfun
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1st. Great!! For the camber alignment. Iíll bet it feels wonderful not to think about it on every turn.
2nd. I thought the kids were supposed to inflate the tubes AFTER getting to the water. Or did they ride up there?[emoji6].
3rd. Muggy-n-buggy or not, beautiful shot. Just getting away was probably worth it huh? A friend of mine was kayaking in your neck of the woods (south of Atlanta) and also complained about the heat, rain and bugs. Still better than the responsibility of work.
Nice to see you get out and enjoy it all, after your headaches with the X.


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Man it's a huge relief honestly, the constant jerking of the wheel was making me so tense while driving haha. Yeah it was nice overall, after the first night I was used to the heat really. I have to remind myself sometimes that I grew up down on the Ga coast and the bugs/heat/whatever up here will never be able to compare haha. It was def relaxing just to be able to set up camp and hang out without normal life responsibilities!
07-08-2019 07:47 PM
SledheadX
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Over the July 4th holiday I had a chance to take the X with a full load of gear camping for 4 days and the new camber settings handled great. I still need to go by the alignment shop and have them measure everything for me but the handling is so much better than before.





When I got back I put in some new Akebono ASP1101A rear brake pads, I have Raysbestos EHT's up front and the rear was noticeably weak in braking power because I cheaped out and bought regular raysbestos 25 dollar pads last time. This is the first time I've used Akebono but I'm impressed so far with their performance, the hardware that came with them was good quality too. Braking is consistent at all temps which is nice and they're dead silent. I think last time I bought Raysbestos install hardware and compared to that the new stuff feels much more solid.





Camping Pics





Got a little windy at one point but I'm proud to say I've mastered securing that pop up shelter thanks to us having at least 2 huge storms per camping trip the past 2 years.





Don't let the pic fool you, it looks nice but it was still about 85 degrees and the rain brought a ton of bugs out to say hello lol.



1st. Great!! For the camber alignment. Iíll bet it feels wonderful not to think about it on every turn.
2nd. I thought the kids were supposed to inflate the tubes AFTER getting to the water. Or did they ride up there?[emoji6].
3rd. Muggy-n-buggy or not, beautiful shot. Just getting away was probably worth it huh? A friend of mine was kayaking in your neck of the woods (south of Atlanta) and also complained about the heat, rain and bugs. Still better than the responsibility of work.
Nice to see you get out and enjoy it all, after your headaches with the X.


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