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Painting Camper Shell

Hey, I am looking at a truck bed shell heres the link: http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/pts/462254592.html

Do you think it would be possible to paint it black? What kind of paint would I use, and how about cost?

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Im no expert but if the paint and fiberglass are in good shape you should be able to just sand it to loose the shine and start from there. $200 sounds like a good price so maybe Id go talk to a small bodyshop and see what they recommend, or if theres some way you can do the prep and let them shoot it for you. Id bet that black somes up pretty often at bodyshops and you might be able to get a discount on some leftovers, or pick a contrasting color (silver or gunmetal grey) so you dont have to worry about a perfect match in shades of paint. If you want to DIY it, I would definately go with a contrasting color.
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how bout 200?
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how bout 200?

are you making me an offer?? thats not my ad, just sharing.

I think its about 2-300 to get it painted from a place like maaco
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oops. Well I think im going to wait off untill the snow starts falling. Hopefully there will be a black one by then. Thanks!
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Dude, Alon's link WAS a black one. $450 obo - Offer him $300. Well worth the 450 IMO.

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/pts/459650892.html
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ya, but it doesnt have the rails on the top, a big + for me
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Paint it your self, it's not that hard, would be good practice if you've never done it before.

I did my camper shell over the summer, painted to match, couldn't pass the deal since paid ten bucks for the cap, gotta love the older truck
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few cans of krylon and bam done
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speakig of shellls i just picked one up today for 200 also. if u want pics just ask, i need to get mine painted too!
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yeah, that rail setup isnt cheap

im still looking for a setup for my cap
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What ever you do, do not use spray cans to paint it...your truck is way too new to do that.
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What ever you do, do not use spray cans to paint it...your truck is way too new to do that.


its a cap

its possible to do really nice work with a spray can, it just takes more work


but the biggest thing to remember is, spray cans are cheap
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Personally I would go with the black one. It's the right model, they changed designs in 2001, for example molding around the brake light. The lowest price I got to get my cap painted was $250 from a Ford dealership. The next lowest was a little over $400.

What are the rails for?
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its a cap

its possible to do really nice work with a spray can, it just takes more work


but the biggest thing to remember is, spray cans are cheap
I know its a cap, but I wouldn't paint something that big with spray cans...its either enamel and lacquer paint and that stuff is crap compared to the paint used today...(urethane).
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I thought about it at work today, and I just dont think it would look right if I painted it. I gotta get a black one. The rails are to put roof racks on it (snowboard, kayak, bike, etc.)
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I know its a cap, but I wouldn't paint something that big with spray cans...its either enamel and lacquer paint and that stuff is crap compared to the paint used today...(urethane).

but after he invests in everything need to use an air gun, hes paying more then just paying someone to paint it
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if you are really considering painting it, my dad has painting equipment...ill ask him if you can borrow it, if you want to get the one with the rails on it
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but after he invests in everything need to use an air gun, hes paying more then just paying someone to paint it
well, might as well get it done right the first time, even if it means having someone else paint it.
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I got the one for my ranger from a member here for free. Couple rattle cans later I sold the truck and passing the cap along to another member for free.

I vote rattle can it.
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Do u have a photo of it rattle canned? That would be great!
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