Looks good so far, Just go back and back fill the little air pockets created by the welds. If you have a right angle air grinder. Get what I think is a type 3 roloc back pad and get what looks like a scotch brite pad. They come in different grits, They will smooth the steel out a lot better and blend the welds for less fill when you bondo the rest before paint.
Sometimes they have the pads and sanding discs at harbor freight tools or mcmaster.com
I also like to use the 3" pads they also come in 2"
Originally Posted by SouthernMudSlinger
I decided to shave my tailgate...because I dont have nothing better to do, and I wanted to get even more experience with welding, and blending paint (i've never blended paint before). I started saturday and have been working on it a good bit yesturday and today. I didn't want to spend the money to get a relocator plate and filler plate, so I made my own. I didn't get any pics while making the relocator plate, or welding in the filler plate I made, so this is what I have...the filler plate is all welded in and the emblem holes are welded up.
ok here are some more pics... I got it painted now, but I didn't get any pics, so i'll get some tommorrow.
I put a bondo with fiberglass strands over it first to cover all the welds b/c its moisture resistant (wont soak up water as easy)...then went to a polyester filler to get it all slick.
I taped up the good paint on the sides so it could be used to blend the paint, and then sprayed some slicksand primer.
nice... wont you have tape lines? i mean why blend that little bit? the cracks will hide the little color diff.
looks good tho
I did the tape in a way it would have a rolled edge so there wouldn't be a harsh line...(there still was anyways). I had to sand it alot to get it all down and feathered. And actually, the gaps wont hide the color difference, because its still so close that you could easily compare the two panels color wise, especially if the color is off much...so i'd rather blend it that little bit so it wouldn't be so obvious if the color is off. But, the paint on the tailgate matches the rest of it almost 100%...I doubt anyone would know it had been repainted, other than the fact that tailgates dont come factory with no handle, so it would have to be repainted.
I thought your next post was going to be about how you gave up on blending and painted the whole gate. But that looks awesome in the pic you've got some talent. 06 tails and mirrors, the mirrors would look awesome with your paint on em.
i'm gonna have to concur with the rollpan and some tinted 06's. i think it would just add to the clean look you got goin on. and your truck truly is becoming one of the premier trucks on this site. i always look forward to opening up your new threads haha. nicely done sir