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petelg
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Jan 25, 2012, 2:17 PM

Post #1 of 8 (2155 views)
Painting a pickup Sign In

Getting ready to give a shot at repainting a 1995 Nissan SE...The truck is my X wifes.. And it's a damn "plum" or "purple"..Gives me the chills to look at it...lolTongue.Anyway, It has a few small dents and scratches. Should I give it a good sanding and spray a " primer filler' to smooth most of this out and for my cover coat to adhere to? Thanks for any advice.....Pete


Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 26, 2012, 1:38 AM

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Re: Painting a pickup Sign In


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The truck is my X wifes.. And it's a damn "plum" or "purple"..Gives me the chills to look at it...lolTongue.

Thanks for the laugh Pete - I just busted out laughing and fell out of my chair with that comment. How about just cover flaws with flaming pink polka dots and call it a day? Seems like you are serious about taking this on. Trust me, I'm not an auto body tech but have a clue. Tried my heart out to fix flaws on a whole truck once and had it in primer ready for paint elsewhere. OMG what a mess! Had to wear sunglasses so nobody recognized you kinda thing. That dang skill messes my head up so if not up to some serious learning (guy who painted it showed me just one tiny ding how much it took - I was shocked) think hard about it as fixing poor work if you care is harder than letting the pros just do it. Not here to discourage you but if you go for it get all the info you can muster so it comes out OK is my suggestion. Good luck, T



petelg
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Jan 26, 2012, 1:38 PM

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Re: Painting a pickup Sign In

Thanks a bunch for takeing the time to reply to my post...not much help though!...Crazy...None the less I appreciate it. Still gonna give it a try..May end up "burning" it or "takeing a picture" of it and patting myself on the back..Cool.. Only time will tell...Take care and thanks again....Pete


nickwarner
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Feb 16, 2012, 4:01 PM

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Re: Painting a pickup Sign In

Search YouTube for videos of body repair similar to what you're doing. You'd be amazed how much is out there, but you do have to sort through the crap some people post who have no clue what they're doing. The big thing with body work is to get all dents and blemishes out during the start, finishing scratches out in the primer stage. Dents typically take some filler. Once you shoot the color coat any imperfections stick out like a sore thumb. If it turns out poorly, tell everyone that the guy your ex is with painted it.


danielrogers
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Apr 4, 2012, 7:02 AM

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Re: Painting a pickup Sign In

I think this would work for you WD-40 works for everything, I have used it for my car. And WD40 works good for removing the glue.
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Hammer Time
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Apr 4, 2012, 7:37 AM

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I think this would work for you WD-40 works for everything, I have used it for my car. And WD40 works good for removing the glue.


WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU SMOKING?

You want to oil the finish before painting?



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Larry T
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Apr 25, 2012, 12:18 PM

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Re: Painting a pickup Sign In

Ummm! Are you on the right thread?


Larry T
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Apr 25, 2012, 12:23 PM

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Re: Painting a pickup Sign In

You need to post a pic of the "dents" . Scratches usually are simply in the paint, and can be sanded out, or might need a heavy primer coat to be block sanded to remove them. Dents on the other hand usually take a little more work. You could use body filler and then block sand them to achieve a smooth finish.






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