I already 3 days in on the side and this is the one in better condition. I’m not overly impressed with my repairs. So it makes it a no brainer, I can substitute teach a couple days and make enough to buy a new side. Less time and better quality. I think I will finish this side just to see if I can make it presentable, I can alway get another side later if it is too out of place. If you add the cost of the chemicals, I’m really not much ahead by repairing.
Lots of sanding, filling, sanding…
The right bed side is naked:
Well almost, I think I will paint the back with left over single stage when I have some. Not required but will be a nice touch for those laying on the ground looking up.
A bit of guide coat, come in a rattle can:
Sanded smooth as a babys butt using fine sand paper:
Sprayed sealer, not pictured, but picture it grey again.
Sprayed two coats of green color:
Sprayed two coats of clear coat, the almost final result:
In a few weeks I will color sand.
It would be reduntant if I post pictures of every step on every panel, so I won’t do that. The steps will be the same, Strip the paint, weld tears and patch panels, grind, Body filler, sand, epoxy primer, filler primer, guide coat, sand, repeat if needed, 2K primer. The steps not shown yet but will follow soon, guide coat, sand 2K, sealer, color, clear coat. I will show these, promise. So on the redundant steps I’ll just pick one photo of one steps to show.
Here it is in filler primer, can you see the patch?
OK, maybe not but did require two tries.
The goal is to remove this stress tear, from rubbing the running board, it was not rust.
So I cut a patch panel
Traced it on the panel and cut it out
Welded it in and flip it over to see this
I used too thin of sheet metal, so I cut it out and did over again with thicker metal:
Worked a little better this time, I knew I could weld better than the first try
Ground off the weld and this is the result
Just a tiny about of body filler will take care of the rest.
Sometimes it is good to do a small part that can be done in a relativly short order, it can be good for the ego. So I’m started on the filler panel that goes between the running board and bed.
However, before I started it I did sand the underside of the fender before putting it on the shelf.
It will require a small patch panel to be cut and installed. Tomorrows project but I did get the paint stripped, it was a very easy panel to do.