1987 - 1996 F150 & Larger F-Series Trucks1987 - 1996 Ford F-150, F-250, F-350 and larger pickups - including the 1997 heavy-duty F250/F350+ trucks
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You have no dents or rust!? I am envious. You will need to prime the truck before changing colors(at least gallon of prime) You are going to leave the door jams white on a black truck? Have you ever owned a black vehicle( they suck) at least 1.5 gallom to do the outside of the truck and the inside of the bed. Are you going to clear coat?
Black and almost every dark color shows EVERY imperfection(dirt(in the paint), rust,dents) and looks dirty 30 seconds after you just washed it. And YES. it would look like **** if the door jams were not none
If you are going over the original white, remove all the trim,grill,lights,glass anything you can. You will need to wet sand w 400-600 grit paper. Then clean the clean the whole truck w a wax and grease remover. Tape off anything you dont want paint on, wipe off the truck again and start painting.
As for not clearcoating.... If you use a 2 stage paint, you hve to clearcoat otherwise it will come out like black primer and have no protection againgts the elements
ive never painted a vehicle before, what would i have to do?
The plan for my F150 is to scuff up the factory paint with a scotchbrite pad, remove or mask off windows, trim, mirrors, grille etc. and pay a local guy to spray 2 or 3 layers of single stage paint. I will be using a single stage urethane paint from TCP global. I've heard good things about it and the paint, hardener, and reducer is under $100 shipped.
Some will argue that the only way to paint is to take the vehicle down to bare metal and go with base coat/clear coat. But I can't justify the $3-4K it would cost to pay a shop to do this.
Black and almost every dark color shows EVERY imperfection(dirt(in the paint), rust,dents) and looks dirty 30 seconds after you just washed it.
Ditto on that. I painted my '84 black and it's never clean....it's dirty as soon as I finish washing it. It looks awesome during the extremely limited time it actually is clean, but I don't think I'd ever choose that color again.
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