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i did an ENTIRE dodge truck frame(74 ramcharger) in rustolium hammerite and after 1 year of sitting it looked still pretty good...after the second year anywhere that the sun sees it daily it has faded and chalked up....the underbody of the truck i hit with high gloss rustolium black after primeing then coated all but the wheel wells with rubberized bed liner...then recoated the wheelwells with high gloss black...the wheel wells after 4 years are starting to show the lack of quality paint....mind you the truck has NOT been driven but been slowly beening painted coated and assembled as i find the parts i want(took me 15 years to find the style of tail gate i wanted in good enuf condidtion to repair)....

i urge you buy REAL paint!
 

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fascinating reading! But what is the Mineral Spirits he keeps recommending to use as a thinner? In Aussie we have Mineral Turps and Methylated Spirits. Which one is he talking about and what is this paint called in Aussie?
 

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Ah ok, so he is talking about what we call paint thinner here in Aussie. Must do some experimenting................... hmmmmmmmmmm
 

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I have been a quiet body for a while...
But I have been busy...
Here are some before and after pictures of my son's $500 1973 C10 Pickup.

This is what we bought...


And here is the first pics after we replaced the Hood and front fenders.
Then we went at it with a Roller and Rustoleum thinned 50% with Mineral Spirits.




Here you can see the orange peel texture you get after about 5 or 6 coats.
Now you think that would be good enough for an offroad truck?.... No, not us!


Sanded out with 800 wet and dry


Sanded with 1000 and buffed...


Pretty good now!


So, it works pretty well for less that $100... and a few weekends..
 

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The truck looks great. This is not for concours, but for an application like making an older vehicle look more presentable, it may be ideal.
 

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Thanks GTVnut!
We plan to use a roll on Bedliner kit, but there is an area in the rear corner that needs a small patch welding in, so we will do that first. I plan to use my Rotisserie to lift the bed off, so we can get in and paint the areas we cant reach.
 

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Still needs more work but I have been driving it!

Here it is last week!

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You know, black is one of the easiest paints to get wrong, and the hardest to maintain, so expectations are low. That said, and easy for me to ask, why not apply two clear coats? Stage-sand the first to hit the high spots and soften the edges, then go with a second final clear. Your paint might not last longer per se, but I understand clear coats are much harder when cured than a typical auto-parts store paint. You can then just wax a few layers and have a super-easy truck to keep shiny with just a hose down. It might even resist the ravages of off-road use. On the other hand, nothing worse than the sun shining off the hood into your eyes when concentrating on the corner of the truck!
 
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