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1992 Ranger XLT 2.0

Post by tbirdsps on December 13th 2012, 2:57 pm

The 2.0 in the title refers to the second time around. I definately learned from my project that I did over 2 years ago. I'm not happy right now. While the truck is a good 10 footer I made some poor choices I think.

1. I only spent 9 days on the project in the beginning. Not enough prep work.
2. I did not use the Professional grade rustoleum.
3. I'm tired of the color already.

The first year was fine but now the gray is fading and I have to polish about every two months to maintain the gloss. Is this due to using the regular rustoleum instead of the pro?

I want to go back with a dark blue. I thought I could live with the gray/white but long term I'm not happy with it.

Also I think the truck will be in my possestion for the rest of my days. It can't be replaced. Everyone has abandoned the small truck market.

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At least the paint investment is small. Smile
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Re: 1992 Ranger XLT 2.0

Post by 63Falconconvert on December 13th 2012, 3:28 pm

Welcome back....
I would use Rusto Topside marine paint and a hardener. This will give you the UV protection that you're looking for.
http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=4
They do have a navy blue color.
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Re: 1992 Ranger XLT 2.0

Post by Samilcar on December 14th 2012, 9:51 am

I second your comment about "not enough prep work". I had heard before that a good paint job was 99% prep work, but I just thought it was a slight exaggeration to get a point across. I found out that it's no exaggeration. There are small sections of my amateur first-time body filler work that show up as slightly wavy areas in the nice shiny new paint (arghhh!).

If I had to do it over again, I would have a lot more light in the garage I painted in, and use a long board sander to smooth all areas with body filler. A small hand block sander can achieve a "good enough" smooth and level area (to the eye) as long as the area isn't freshly painted and polished. That fresh shiny paint highlights ANY imperfections underneath it.

I also second 63Falconconvert's recommendation of using hardener. It should cost around $30 for a pint of hardener, mixed at the ratio of one pint to one gallon of paint (8:1 paint/hardener).
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Re: 1992 Ranger XLT 2.0

Post by tbirdsps on February 19th 2013, 1:09 pm

When I do it again I'll definately pay more attention to fixing the small dents and I'll try brightside. It sure seems to go on better. More color choices as well.
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