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Talk about getting something great for helping out a friend in need. He just happened to have a Glasstite shell for the 7 ft bed that goes with the first gen rangers.

It was full of moss and had some spiders nests underneath, but cleaned it up a bit and found it looks like a really sturdy shell. Tried to get into using acrylic enamel to get some practice before repainting the rest of the truck but didn't fully adjust the gravity fed gun and ended up with a smooth stucco finish. Actually didn't turn out that bad and keeping the finish on the roof and front/back while sanding the sides smooth where the paint ran on the left side.


Loaded up the siphon fed airbrush with the same mix and better adjustments and the paint layed out fine and shouldn't have any problems when it goes back in the spray booth. As for the Viper Red, thought it would give the body a rock hard, chipproof finish that should last for a fairly long time.
 

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Looks good man! You've been busy!
 

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Hoping to get the sanding done during the week to open up the garage for the next project, my kid wants her car painted a different color. Figure all the practice on the shell has schooled me on how not to screw up the finish.
 

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Looking forward to doin some serious camping across the state this summer if all works out.
 

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^^ thats something i have not done in YEARS is camping.i might try it this summer my self. after i quite drinking camping , fishing and strippers are just not the same. thread jack......... i am digging the shell ,i am looking hard for one
 

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Talk about getting something great for helping out a friend in need. He just happened to have a Glasstite shell for the 7 ft bed that goes with the first gen rangers.

It was full of moss and had some spiders nests underneath, but cleaned it up a bit and found it looks like a really sturdy shell. Tried to get into using acrylic enamel to get some practice before repainting the rest of the truck but didn't fully adjust the gravity fed gun and ended up with a smooth stucco finish. Actually didn't turn out that bad and keeping the finish on the roof and front/back while sanding the sides smooth where the paint ran on the left side.
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Loaded up the siphon fed airbrush with the same mix and better adjustments and the paint layed out fine and shouldn't have any problems when it goes back in the spray booth. As for the Viper Red, thought it would give the body a rock hard, chipproof finish that should last for a fairly long time.
[/quote] thats one of the best i think paints made there primer is some amazing stuff and clear as well but the 4th dim paint for half the cost but same thing.
 

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I did some work tonight before getting on the forum and all the spray gun needed was to turn down the paint feed and turn up the pressure to around 28 psi on the regulator, didn't use as much paint this time. Made a custom plastic sheet cover with a filtered fan type temp spray booth, the gun worked out great. Shot both a practice board and then the door of the shell and had a good thin layout of paint which needed about 3 passes to get the right thickness. Should be able to get the shell back in the booth Saturday.

[/quote] thats one of the best i think paints made there primer is some amazing stuff and clear as well but the 4th dim paint for half the cost but same thing.
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Napa's been charging around $50 per qt with the hardner for this stuff, definitely worth it, looking forward to getting the rest of the truck painted up with the same color.
 

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^^ thats something i have not done in YEARS is camping.i might try it this summer my self. after i quite drinking camping , fishing and strippers are just not the same. thread jack......... i am digging the shell ,i am looking hard for one
You might get lucky with a friend who has a stockpile of parts, was looking for a tonneau cover but didn't hesitate when he said he had no use for the shell. Never had to worry about the drinkin and strippers, left it all back in the Phillipines and Diego Garcia a long while back, never grew tired of camping since the kids are old enough to enjoy it. The Stockland shell I used to have started to fall apart and had to drop it off at the dump when nobody showed any interest in it.
 

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^^^^been 10 years no drink or drug for this cat and bout the same for camping and strippers .the good shells round here are generally used as dog houses so getting them used is tough.should put up some full on center fold type pics of the shell on the truck for us . i like looking at pics of your truck >:?
 

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That old Stockland shell i had sounds to have been in better shape than the ones used for doghouses. Should be able to get a couple of pics before getting the shell into the paint shop. Keeping fingers crossed that there's no more screwups on it.
 

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:eek: Didn't have to fork over another $25 for a 24 hr paint booth, spent $27 in supplies to make a paint booth in the garage.

Set up the small sheets to get some adjustments made. Used a large floor fan with a filter attached to the front and another mounted on the side door to vent the fumes, efficient little bugger.


practiced on this board before doing the back door.



Fully assembled the rest of the garage to get the shell set to paint


Just before going in.

Just after getting the second coat. Just have to let it get hard over the next couple of days.

Noted that i used about 300 ml of paint thinking it might be enough and with the settings, there was still around 50 Ml left to go to waste, even went heavy on the roof to smooth the bumpy finish from the last shoot.
 

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Looks good. Are you happy with the way it turned out?
 

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Looks good. Are you happy with the way it turned out?
Definitely more satisfied that the paint flow was spread more evenly, much happier with the end result. I does need some wet sanding on some of the minor areas where there was some over spray. Want to find out if after some smoothing with the wet sanding if the polishing and final finish will work, otherwise i'll continue with the clear topcoat.
As for clear coat, i plan on using the paint board sample to find out if the duplicolor clear will work or if i need to get another quart of the acrylic lacquer. Worried that there might be a problem down the road with what happened when the truck was in the body shop and the clear coat that was applied in Hawaii started to chip off after a year.
 
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