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Old 04-04-2007
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Painting help.

This question may sound dumb, but I'm "testing" the waters, as it were.

It's obvious by my post count that I'm rather new around here. I got out of the Navy where I was a Corpsman a year ago, "just in time" as many people would say, as my Squadron was getting ready to ship out to Iraq. Anyways...I've only recently began buying parts so that I can begin modifying my truck. Now I just need some helpHere's the deal:

I'll be receiving fender flares this upcoming Saturday and I plan to install them in the next couple of weeks. I'd like to primer my truck and then paint it a flat color, the color being the desert tan that you see our HMMVVs overseas painted. I plan to airbrush a few battle scars on as well, to give it a more "battle worn" look. However, I need instruction as to how I should go about sanding everything down, priming it, and then painting it so that it wont rust once I remove the clear coat, etc. If I even have to... Any help would be awesome. Thanks!

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P.S. I did do a search, if I missed something or failed to use the right wording for my search... I apologize.
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Hi, its been a few days since I was on, and I am surprised that you don't have other repries! well I too am a squid. I have out for quite a while, but I served on the USS Enterprise for 4 1/2 years before I got out after 6 years. ANYWAY, There are a LOT of opinions on how to do the things you ask. Do this simple on the internet, say using YAHOO like I did, using the search criteria "how to paint a vehicle" and you will finds LOTS mof information from real professionals. Hope this helps.
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I just painted my trail truck and it came out alright. The amount of time you want to put into prep work DIRECTLY influences how your paint will come out. How are you going to be spraying? Spray paint/rattle can? Or a spray gun? I take it you don't want anything really pretty, since you're going for a "battle worn" look. That should make things easier on you.
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Thanks brother Squid. Haha. It did help.

I want the base coat to be rather good and clean cut. Do any of you recommend or have experience with Maacco? I plan on doin' a really good job on prep work, since they say if you don't, Maacco will paint EVERYTHING that isn't. Anyone? ANYONE?!
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i painted mine that color. came out nice, i like it.
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Clean the living crap out of it with Prep-sol and or alcohol so all the dirt, tar, sap and debris is GONE. then you goto a auto supply place and get yourself some red or grey scotch brite pads. You can get them in small packs usually.

Make some very soapy warm water with dawn and scratch up the clear real good so it is even and dull. Make sure you get all the cracks, crevices and edges because that is were it will chip peel first. Once it's all scuffed real good use alcohol or preps-all again and you should be ready to paint.

If you want to do it right they sell flat clear and it will look like base coat but have the toughness of clear coat. Or you can do what we do at work some times and catalyze the base coat with hardener and it will dry pretty strong. Or go over it with base coat colorless and it will protect it good.

Im a painter for a living so if you have any questions just shoot me a PM.
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i painted mine that color. came out nice, i like it.
Got pics? Mind sharin'?
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about the only ones ive got. i need to get more soon.
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That doesn't look to bad, not bad at all. That's about the color, too. I'm gonna quote some body shops around here before I decide to do it myself. I know a few people... Thanks for all the help guys and ladies!
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