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.

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