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Post by Squire Cobra Jet on June 4th 2010, 6:16 pm

The black trim should look great.
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Post by retired plumber on June 5th 2010, 8:49 pm

It is looking good now. Just think how it will look cut and polished and all the orange peel gone.
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Post by JohnnyV on June 13th 2010, 8:21 pm

Here we go! I've got pics of the 5th coat of paint. I am really impressed! The pictures don't really do the paint job any justice. I almost don't need to sand and buff. It looks that good.
I have a few problems though. Around the places that I have taped off (i.e. door handles, windows etc.) there are some runs and I don't know how I am going to fix that but I'll get to it when the time comes. Anyway, here are the pics.













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Re: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

Post by retired plumber on June 13th 2010, 8:55 pm

An old painters trick is to put tape on each side of the run and then shave it down with a old style safety razor untill you are level with the tape. the tape protects the surrounding paint and since the razor blade extends out over the tape, it can't go to low. Then very carefully sand it down smooth with 2000 grit on a hard sanding block. Takes patience but I know it works because I have done it.

By the way, the truck is looking NICE.

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Re: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

Post by tbirdsps on June 15th 2010, 9:51 am

I like that truck in orange. Good job.
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Post by JohnnyV on June 15th 2010, 10:01 pm

My leftover paint that I have stored in the paint can gets this film on top of it. At first, I thought that the seal on the can wasn't good. So I bought a new can. I kept getting that film on top. Then I tried pouring the paint into jars, and I get the film again. I wouldn't care except I kept getting little flakes in the paint and it would cause problems when I painted. My only solution was to buy a strainer and strain the paint before I painted it. Is anyone else having this problem?
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Post by retired plumber on June 16th 2010, 12:53 am

It might be a bit messy but you could float a piece of seran wrap on the paint before you put the lid on. That way the air won't get to it so much and hopefully it won't skim over.
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Post by $uperJoe on June 16th 2010, 9:23 am

just wondering here if you could fill the can with shielding gas from the welder before you put the cap on. i seen that on a hot rod show once but have yet to try it
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Re: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

Post by JohnnyV on June 16th 2010, 1:01 pm

Okay, I didn't take pictures of the 6th coat because it rained like crazy here. I couldn't get my truck out of the garage. I did get some sunshine today so I took pictures of the 7th, and hopefully final, coat. The truck looks really good from 5 feet away; however, it has some orange peel and runs but I will hopefully get most of it out with the final wetsanding. Here are the pictures of the final coat.











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Final wetsand

Post by JohnnyV on June 22nd 2010, 10:14 am

Last night I spent about an hour wetsanding the driver's side. I didn't go any further than the bed of the truck. Today I look at it and it seems that I need to do a little more sanding though. I still have a few roller lines and I found one drip that I need to address. Other than that it looks really good though. I am happy with the results so far. I am trying to get the bed of the truck done so that I can paint the flat black stripes. The stripes will dress the truck up nice.

Tonight I will hopefully get the other side done, and then on to the stripes.

Later.
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Re: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

Post by T.Hadley on June 22nd 2010, 11:23 am

looks real good, much better than where it was.
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Post by JohnnyV on June 23rd 2010, 3:21 am

T.Hadley wrote:looks real good, much better than where it was.

There were a couple of dents in the door and one near the taillight, but I didn't feel like messing with them. The one on the door should be covered by the "Dakota Sport" decal and I hope that the dent near the taillight will be covered by the black stripe. We'll see.
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Re: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

Post by JohnnyV on June 30th 2010, 10:07 pm

The worst thing that could have ever happened happened today. I had my BRIGHT ORANGE TRUCK parked in the street as apposed to my driveway. The neighbor kid, who is 24 years old and still living with his mom back into the side of my truck. Did I mention that it is painted SAFETY ORANGE?! I have been working on that truck for nearly 4 months and now there is a big scratch and dent in the side that I just buffed the other day. Anyway, I told the kid that it should pop right out but I might have to repaint it with a couple coats. I told him that I probably wouldn't file it with his insurance because I didn't want any angst between me and the neighbor. Ugh...I thought I was going to puke when I saw it...Anyway, I just wanted to vent for a second. I will post a pic tomorrow when there is more light.
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Re: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

Post by retired plumber on June 30th 2010, 11:05 pm

No need for them to get mad, thats what people have insurance for. You have many hours of blood, sweat and tears already invested at your expense. If it is just "pushed a bit" it MIGHT pop out but if there is any kind of a crease, that will entail body work. They (their insurance) should pay for what ever extra they caused you. You can get a bid for just fixing the dent to primer (no top coat) also. You may be suprised at the cost to fix it.
That just my opinion so you do what you want.
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Post by JohnnyV on July 2nd 2010, 8:24 am

I spent about 20 minutes last night trying to get the dent out. When I look at it during the day time, it doesn't look as bad as I thought. It is only a dent and the paint didn't chip at all. So I started sanding and buffing on the back half of the bed of the truck. I sanded briefly on the dent and all the smudges went away. So if I can get the dent out without having to do body work then I will be fine.

I wanted to bring my spirits up last night. So I started applying the stripes. I sanded and buffed the back half of the bed of my truck. I cleaned it and laid down the first stripe. It appears to be slightly off from vertical but I think it is just the pictures because when I look at it outside it looks really good. The only thing that I would change is I would have made the pin stripe and the space between the pin stripe and main stripe wider. It still turned out really good though. I put two coats on last night with a rattle can and it turned out really good. NOTE: you can see the dent on the lower rear quarter just behind the driver's side door at the very bottom.










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Post by JimVonBaden on July 2nd 2010, 2:52 pm

That looks great!

IF you wanted to make the two outside stripes a little wider, maybe double their current width, that might look good. On the other hand it looks nice the way it is!

Bummer about the damage! Good thing is that you can fix the dents and blend it in and it wont show!

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Re: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

Post by JohnnyV on July 2nd 2010, 5:24 pm

JimVonBaden wrote:That looks great!

IF you wanted to make the two outside stripes a little wider, maybe double their current width, that might look good. On the other hand it looks nice the way it is!

Bummer about the damage! Good thing is that you can fix the dents and blend it in and it wont show!

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I like the stripes. They turned out really good but from a distance, the pin stripes kind of blend in. Had I known that would happen I would have made them a little wider. Just more sanding and buffing to go now before I cab call this project done.


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Re: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

Post by T.Hadley on July 2nd 2010, 9:23 pm

Sorry to hear about the damage, but it don't look to bad.

Like-en the stripe...
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Post by Squire Cobra Jet on July 3rd 2010, 12:42 am

Looks good, and nice job on the stripe. thumbs up
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Re: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

Post by sinformant on July 3rd 2010, 9:22 pm

paint and stripe look really good! only thing i would have done different, is i would have layed down the one stripe where you have that one and then peeled up the pin stripe toward the back and then layed down another flush with the other stripe further back to make it a wider stripe like they have on the newer dodge ram daytona's. but that's my opinion and people have different tastes.
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Re: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

Post by retired plumber on July 3rd 2010, 11:32 pm

I have a dent just about like that in the same place on my ranger and yes, it looks like it will pop out. I just have to pull the wheel and the inner fender liner so I can reach back there and hit it with my slapping dolly (2in wide sightly curved piece if metal about 15in long) but a good smack with a hand might do it also.lol good luck
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Post by petieg383 on July 7th 2010, 1:44 pm

Truck looks great. It's exactly the colors I want to paint my Camaro, and I'm really glad to see someone paint a stripe recently. I was wondering what the best way to do that was going to be.

Looks great man. Way to go.
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Post by Fucozilla on July 9th 2010, 3:26 am

Looks good man! So you gunna fix your rear bumper? Put a nice 01 on the doors? lol thats what my buddy is gunna do with his ram... I went with a nice green.. and black maybe one of these days ill post some pics. I think your truck is gunna turn out better since I'm no good with my bondo work... ny rust gotta love it....
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Re: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

Post by petieg383 on July 26th 2010, 2:12 pm

Where did you actually buy the Rustoleum Professional Safety Orange from? I cannot find it in any of the larger stores locally (Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart).

Please help.
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Re: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

Post by T.Hadley on July 26th 2010, 8:11 pm

If home depot does not have it in stock they will order it for you, yeah its a pain in the ***, but Rustoleum only sells to dealers like home depot.

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