Project Over/Under: Part Five
Quick But Custom Parts & Paint With Auto-Air Colors, LGE-CTS, and LMC Truck
Quick but custom parts & paint with Auto-Air Colors, LGE-CTS, and LMC Truck
When we left off last month, we had installed the SnugTop shell and giant Yakima rack, and we were pretty much out of things to do except tear the truck down for paint, so we can bolt on all the cool parts we’ve been collecting. Behind the scenes, we’ve slowly been taking care of the prep for paint, first by getting rid of all the stock trim, then roughing out the really bad spots on our junkyard bed and tailgate with some rudimentary metal shaping and filler work. Then we found a reasonable body man for hire who knocked out the rest of the bad spots for us. From there, we spot-primered the whole truck, then gave it a wet sand with 220-grit sandpaper. We did it all again with 400-grit then finally attached the new HD hood from LMC Truck and hit the road for LGE-CTS.
While this quick and dirty paintjob is not Theresa Contreras and her crew of painters’ forte, Theresa is an old friend of the magazine and agreed to let us roll the truck in after hours and get some paint on it. We weren’t expecting perfection, but a nice booth with a controlled climate (and a skilled painter) goes a long way in making mediocre bodywork turn into a pretty nice paintjob.
Another old friend of ours is Craig Kennedy of Auto-Air Colors. We have been fans of the company’s groundbreaking water-based paint since its inception and have a long history of using it. Craig set us up with a supply of Autoborne Sealers in various base tints so we could mix up the light khaki color we were envisioning. We also tried out the new Scenix clear topcoat. It’s made for industrial applications (think matte coatings on electronics or handrails in heavily populated areas), but we decided to be the first to use it as an automotive clearcoat—although we’re pretty sure you’ll be seeing Scenix moving into that market soon.
Follow along as we (mostly Theresa) make quick work out of Project Over/Under, and don’t forget to come right back next month to see us bolt on a whole bunch of cool parts!
BEFORE: Project Over/Under had to come a long way in a short time to be ready to roll into the paint booth at LGE-CTS. For starters, we removed the decals, side trim, and stock fender flares.
DURING: Thanks to our friends at Daley Visual, we found a quality body man to do some quick but quality work. When we got the truck back soon after, we spot-primered all the spots in white primer and wet-sanded the truck with 220-grit sandpaper. Once we had a date with Theresa Contreras at LGE-CTS, we repeated the primer and sanding process with 400-grit paper.