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1984 Dodge D250

Post by ANeat on October 10th 2010, 7:46 pm

Hello everyone, I thought I would try this on my old Dodge pickup. Great old truck, just a little over 100000 miles. I got it about 7 years ago and havent really done anything to it. Looks like someones old farm truck, lots of surface rust and faded paint. One big dent in the side.

My main objective is to take care of the surface rust and do what I can with the dent. Not expecting anything close to a show finish, not even sure If I will buff it out but who knows.


Found this "before" pic, you can see the dent in this pic. The top of the roof and hood have a lot of surface rust, no real thru rust at all and the truck is really solid otherwise





Plus a few other before pics with some work starting












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Post by ANeat on October 10th 2010, 7:52 pm

More progress pics, just some basic half arsed body work. Beat out most of the dent and layed in some bondo to get it close.






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Post by ANeat on October 10th 2010, 7:59 pm

You can see in some of the pics I put some color on the roof to try. Its Rusto Sail blue. I was trying to get something a little lighter and ended up mixing 2 quarts of the sail blue into a gallon of white and decided that was good enough.

Went ahead and rolled on some rusty metal primer after skuffing everything up and wiping it down. Seemed like a good preventive measure Wink








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Post by ANeat on October 10th 2010, 8:10 pm

All the above hapened over the last couple of weeks, Yesterday was the day for the first coat. After reading around here and elsewhere I decied on 50% paint, 25% MS and 25% penetrol mix. Typical first coat, looks great from 30 feet but lots of thin spots as expected




Nice warm day so lots of bugs LOL


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Post by ANeat on October 10th 2010, 8:13 pm

This morning I wet sanded to get the bugs out and rolled on another coat, so far so good





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Post by TatoHead on October 11th 2010, 11:29 am

Wow, that first coat coverage over dark primer is fantastic. Reading about other projects here it would seem that many more coats would be required to achieve this coverage.

What brand/color of paint did you use?

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Post by ANeat on October 11th 2010, 1:18 pm

Its Rustoleum paint, a mix of white and blue. I dont know if adding the 25% Penetrol is making the mix a little thicker than if it was 50/50 mineral spirits and paint.

No doubt its still thin. A couple swipes near a corner breaks thru to the primer real easy.

Here is another example of a guy that used the same ratio of paint/MS/Penetrol and he was happy after 5 coats
http://rolledon.forummotion.com/projects-f2/project-progress-dakota-t594.htm?highlight=dakota

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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on October 11th 2010, 4:59 pm

Lookin' good. I'll keep an eye out for it...
Did you just recently get that truck? I know someone who got rid of one several months ago. I think they gave it to good will, because the power steering wasn't working...Rolling Eyes

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Post by ANeat on October 11th 2010, 5:17 pm

Tommy Hillbilly wrote:Did you just recently get that truck?


No I got it about 7 years ago, been driving it like this, been nice not worrying about putting a scratch in it Very Happy

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Post by Squire Cobra Jet on October 12th 2010, 1:10 am

Looking good. Cool

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Post by retired plumber on October 12th 2010, 9:13 pm

Now thats nice. I like the color.
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Post by Gobeavs on October 12th 2010, 9:59 pm

Hey Aneat the color is unique. It looks really good and smooth!!....What is this Penetrol and what is its purpose?...Adhesion, smoothness whatever it does it's working keep it up.!!!!.....Good luck!!!!

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Post by ANeat on October 12th 2010, 10:45 pm

Thanks Beav, Penetrol is a oil based paint additive, its supposed to help eliminate brush and roller marks.

Ive seen plenty of real nice paint jobs without it so it certainly isnt necessary but Ive seen some nice jobs where it was used as well. I checked at my local hardware store and they ordered some for me. I figured it couldnt hurt right Laughing

Anyway here are some more details on the Penetrol,

Key Features
For use with exterior oil-based paints and stains
Helps paint flow better, allowing you to paint without brush marks
Increases paint adhesion to prevent peeling and blistering
Helps improve oil-based paint and primer penetration
Conditions metal to stop rust and prevent oxidation
Conditions fiberglass to restore color
Addition of Penetrol oil paint additive will not change paint appearance or quality like ordinary paint thinners

http://www.flood.com/paint-additive-solutions/products/view-product.jsp?productId=11

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Post by mapexgurl on October 13th 2010, 1:37 pm

Looks great so far. I really like that color too. A little bluer and it's almost 'Petty Blue'.

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Post by ANeat on October 13th 2010, 4:47 pm

Petty Blue, Hey its pretty close, Ill buy that Wink




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Post by ANeat on October 15th 2010, 8:26 pm

Alright folks, After 5 coats and minimal sanding I decided it was good enough and started putting it back together. Still a little bit of peel but I may attempt to buff it it sometime in the future.

Still have to clean up and paint the bumpers, then thinking about a roll on bedliner.










Here is a shot of the tailgate, 5 coats with no sanding after the initial prep, with a little water that dripped off the garage door....



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Post by ANeat on October 16th 2010, 6:51 pm

I think I about got it finished today. Finished up the bumpers last night and got them mounted today. Rolled on silver hammer finished Rustoleum on those.

Before







And after, painted and mounted



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Post by ANeat on October 16th 2010, 6:55 pm

Such a nice day I went ahead with the roll on bedliner.

Before






And after

Went ahead and rolled some of the bedliner onto the top of the back bumper while I was at it






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Post by mapexgurl on October 16th 2010, 7:32 pm

Looks good! thumbs up

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Post by iceman_ca on October 16th 2010, 9:47 pm

Looks Good.. But you have gone to all this effort, why not buff it out and see the total effect of all your hard work

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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on October 16th 2010, 10:30 pm

ANeat wrote:
Looks good. If it were me, I'd be thinking about painting the raised "Dodge Ram" portion in white or something.

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Post by ANeat on October 16th 2010, 10:57 pm

I may buff it out eventually. I would like to let the paint cure out first. I really dont want to make it to pretty, then I would be afraid of scratching it Wink

Tommy I will probably put something on the tailgate. Im still undecided on either painting or just cutting out a decal of some type.
The original was a decal and the letters would be pretty easy to cut out.

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Post by ANeat on October 17th 2010, 2:50 pm

Found some dark blue decal material from my motocross days so I set about making some letters.

First lay a piece of paper over the raised letter




Then rub the edge of a pencil on the raised edge creating a line on the paper


Keep doing that till you get a set of letters.




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Post by ANeat on October 17th 2010, 2:56 pm

On the originals the edge of the decals are set back a little from the edge so I did the same.

Cut in about 1/8 inch from the line




Keep doing that till you get a set of letters.









Then a little windex to help positioning and stick away.



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Post by iceman_ca on October 17th 2010, 3:54 pm

that really sets the back end off

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