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Re: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

Post by JohnnyV on April 19th 2010, 11:53 am

retired plumber wrote:Just take your can of spray paint and spray down there. That is how I do it. Since you don't get a good look at it it dosen't matter if it "looks good". All you want is color there. You did get a can or two for door jambs etc didn't you?
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I didn't get any for the door jams because I wasn't sure if I was going to spray the door jams or roller them. I haven't seen many trucks on this site so I wasn't sure what everyone else was doing. I guess I will spray them and the area between the bed and cab. Thanks for the info.
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Re: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

Post by clhyer on April 19th 2010, 10:03 pm

Back on page 2, the first pics of the truck sporting some orange. I don't know how the blue or green tape is if it gets wet, but regular body tape gets darn near impossible to get off if it gets wet and stays on for any length of time. If rain is forecast you might consider pulling the tape.
Anyhow, the orange looks pretty good. I like orange. Keep up with the progress and picture posts!
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Re: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

Post by JohnnyV on April 20th 2010, 10:03 am

clhyer wrote:Back on page 2, the first pics of the truck sporting some orange. I don't know how the blue or green tape is if it gets wet, but regular body tape gets darn near impossible to get off if it gets wet and stays on for any length of time. If rain is forecast you might consider pulling the tape.
Anyhow, the orange looks pretty good. I like orange. Keep up with the progress and picture posts!
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I did pull the tape shortly after I applied the fourth coat, and it came off pretty easily.
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Re: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

Post by JohnnyV on April 26th 2010, 10:23 pm

Alright, It's been a while since I have posted here. It has been tough for me to do any painting that past week or so because of the rain. I got a chance to go out tonight to do some body work. I basically just had to sand out any surface rust and prime it. I got all of it done. All I have to do is sand the front bumper down and find a new rear bumper and I am good to go on the entire truck.

My original plan was to paint the truck, one panel at a time, but I found that I was going through a lot of rollers. I think the new plan is going to be prepping the entire truck. Then I am going to paint as I have time. After I get two coats on the entire truck, I will apply two coats, etc. I think that this plan will have a two-fold effect. First, I think that I will save on the rollers and other supplies. Secondly I will be applying coats to the entire truck. It will make me feel like I am getting somewhere with the truck. I won't look like a cigarette butt driving down the road anymore.

I am rambling now...I have pictures of the fourth coat on the front fenders and hood that I still need to post.

Keep on rollin'!!
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Re: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

Post by T.Hadley on April 26th 2010, 10:32 pm

I have found that after your done put a little MS on the roller and put in a large zip loc bag, ( just leave the handle sticking out) and it will stay good for about a week
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Post by retired plumber on April 26th 2010, 11:17 pm

I have rolled them up in saran wrap and they last for quite a while. The main idea is to keep them out of the air so they don't dry out.
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Post by Scooby on April 26th 2010, 11:43 pm

I have been cleaning mine with mineral spirits and then washing it with Dawn dish detergent. I have done it twice now and the roller is still good as new. give it a try and see if it helps.
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Post by JohnnyV on April 27th 2010, 8:08 am

I've been putting them in a sandwich baggie and wrapping them aluminum foil. It seemed to work for a couple days. I just need to get out there and paint everyday. I've got a 7 month old so it's hard for me to get out.
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Re: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

Post by clhyer on April 28th 2010, 9:06 pm

Yes, more pics please! I don't know about rollers, but I have used the ziploc bag and placed them in the fridge for "days" and also put them in the freezer if it was going to be a week or more with good results.
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Coat #4

Post by JohnnyV on May 8th 2010, 7:46 pm

Alright, I finished the 4th coat on the 18th of April and either the weather was bad or I was just busy because I haven't done anything to my truck since then until this morning. I had a long break from working on my truck so I got up early this morning and wetsanded just to kind of break the ice. Here is a pic of the fourth coat. It is looking good. I just need to finish the rest of the project so I can start on my '10 Challenger.

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Re: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

Post by Sneke_Eyez on May 9th 2010, 8:01 pm

Looking good!
You've got a Challenger too?
Thats awesome!
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Bed of the truck

Post by JohnnyV on May 12th 2010, 7:27 pm

Alright. It's been a while since I have posted anything, but I have been following some of these posts. I noticed the new post about the Toyota from Down Under. Very nice ride!! Anyway, I have some pics of my progress. So far I only have one coat on the bed of my truck, but it went on really well. I am continually amazed at how well this stuff lays down. I love it!
Alright nuf talkin! On to the pics.









Also, you'll notice in the third pic the headlight has condensation inside it. I have never noticed it until I just recently took the headlights off to paint. Does anyone know how to fix it?

Thanks...
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Re: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

Post by T.Hadley on May 12th 2010, 8:57 pm

Looking good, I can't wait to try a different color than black.

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Post by JohnnyV on May 18th 2010, 3:37 pm

Alright, it's been raining that past couple of days but I have managed to do some rollering. It's official my truck is ORANGE! I am pumped and I like the way it looks. And the paint job is turning out pretty good too. I painted the cab and the grill and the front bumper. The back bumper is not going to get painted just yet because I am going to see if I can straighten it a little before I paint it. Anyway here are the pics.






The hood and front fenders have 4 coats of paint whereas the rest of the truck only has 2 coats. In the following picture you can see the contrast a little. Some of the white is still showing through.



In the following picture you can see some of the black showing through. The bumper was originally black. I think that most Dakotas from this generation had bumpers that were either black or chrome depending on the package that you bought. Mine was black, but when I had my truck "Maaco-ed" I had them paint it white like the rest of the truck. Of course much of the paint flaked off the bumper so I sanded it smooth. I am not too worried about the grill and bumper and valance because I am planning on buying a Bra cover for the front. You can still see color but not any real details. So I am not going to be too picky.



Also I should have paid a little more attention to the water issue. Water tends to get stuck up under the door handles and windows. So when I painted the water washed out a little in those areas. I think I will just go back over it with a touch up brush later. Here are a couple more pictures.




Thanks for looking.
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Re: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

Post by Sneke_Eyez on May 18th 2010, 6:41 pm

Looks good, nice job!
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Post by retired plumber on May 20th 2010, 9:45 pm

I'm not a huge fan of orange but I do like that.
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Coat #4

Post by JohnnyV on June 2nd 2010, 2:47 pm

Finally the entire truck is up to 4 coats. I had started with the Hood and Front Fenders. Then I did the bed, and finally I moved to the cab. I can't quite put my finger on it but I think the hood and fenders are a different texture or shade or something. I don't know but I hope it all evens out when I wet sand. I think I am gonna have good coverage after six coats but I may do seven for good measure. Also, I didn't post pictures of the third coat because I simply didn't remember to take pictures. Oh well. I am getting some good comments now at work which wasn't the case before but I think I'll have some jaws drop when I'm done. Without further adieu...




The reflection in the paint is very impressive.


Check out the reflection in the tailgate!!





Enjoy! And happy rolling!!
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Re: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

Post by JimVonBaden on June 2nd 2010, 8:09 pm

Very nice! It must be hard to do this on a daily driver!

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Post by T.Hadley on June 2nd 2010, 10:17 pm

Looks really good
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Post by JohnnyV on June 2nd 2010, 11:30 pm

JimVonBaden wrote:Very nice! It must be hard to do this on a daily driver!

Jim Cool

I have only had my wife take me to work once during this process.
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Post by arc on June 3rd 2010, 1:43 pm

Looks nice. I'll have to say, though, I kind of dug the pictures with the white cab and orange hood and bed.
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Post by JohnnyV on June 3rd 2010, 6:52 pm

I replaced the grill and took this pic with my cell phone. Lookin' Good!

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Post by Squire Cobra Jet on June 4th 2010, 1:46 am

It looks good.
What color are you going to paint the smaller cross bars of the grille?
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Post by JohnnyV on June 4th 2010, 9:07 am

Squire Cobra Jet wrote:It looks good.
What color are you going to paint the smaller cross bars of the grille?

I'm gonna paint them black, but I think I am going to put a bra on the front. I am also going to put black decals on it. Plus I am going to put a black strip across the bed. It will look cool.
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Post by mapexgurl on June 4th 2010, 1:05 pm

Looking good! If I'm ever around Anderson I'll be looking for it.
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