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Old 02-21-2018, 05:58 PM   #1
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Let me just say I love my truck. I had an old Chevy step-side years ago that was on its last miles when I bought it and I liked that truck but the D21 is like a brother from another Mother. Itís my daily and sometimes Iím anxious to go to work just so I can drive my truck.
I have done a lot of maintenance on the truck since getting it this past August and still have things to do but overall itís running right with an occasional hiccup.
I am in the early planning stages of an ambitious project that will change the appearance of the truck forever. Itís going to take a lot of prep work and itís going to get uglier than the last female that ran for POTUS before it gets better.
Hereís the plan.
Remove the plastic bed liner.
Do the small amount of body work needed on the cab and bed.
Remove the side stripes.
Replace both DS and PS doors both rusted out around the window channels.
Replace DS fender lots O dings and dents
Replace hood again lots O dings and dents

Measure up the Hardbody to get the best guesstimate of square footage, bed and cab. I will be applying Durabak 18 Texured polyurethane protected coating. https://www.durabakcompany.com/ Yes the entire truck.
Prep the truck for the coating. Including removing the bed to get between the bed and the cab.
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Anybody have the exterior sq.footage of a 95 D21 extended cab.
Whatís the best way to remove the side stripes and the 23 year old adhesive?
Has anybody done a bed liner as a substitute for paint? I really like the unique textured look.
I have seen the sticky on removing the bed,pretty straight forward.
How heavy is the bed?
While the bed is off anything I should be taking care of?
Best source/ fit for weather stripping/molding, doors and windows.
Did I miss anything?
As I said this will be an ongoing project. I would expect probably about six months to complete.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
















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Old 02-21-2018, 09:18 PM   #2
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I think most auto body shops use a heat gun to get the decals off.

You could pick up a cheap one at Harbor Freight.
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Old 02-21-2018, 10:30 PM   #3
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might try an eraser wheel, pretty sure its an 3M product
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Old 02-22-2018, 12:21 AM   #4
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might try an eraser wheel, pretty sure its an 3M product
Yep. Gets decal and glue off without damaging the paint. Much easier than heat gun.
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Old 02-22-2018, 01:01 AM   #5
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I've used both a heat gun and an eraser. For me, if the decal was large and not deteriorated the heat gun worked more quickly. If the decal was in rough condition the eraser worked better.
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Old 02-22-2018, 03:06 PM   #6
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I would be more worried about sourcing, cutting and welding an 18" complex section of the upper cab/rear window area or finding a replacement cab... not to mention the full rocker replacement

If that sort of repair isn't in the cards I would just look to spray bomb/flat back and go, bedlining so it doesn't goto crap in a handful of months is going to be $$$ and require as much surface prep and clean metal as an actual full on respray. I would guess your looking at using at least 4 gallons of that product plus all the primer and prep materials is going to put this close to $800-1k just in paint...

(not trying to sound like a dick/negative but this is a big undertaking to do correctly especially if your going to spend $$$ on materials... my truck has shit paint and will probably always will because paint is $$$ and bodywork is just that, WORK haha)
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I would love to get mine painted. It would look so different. But about the decals....mine are so old they come off a little more each time I pressure wash the truck.

One of the chattanooga guys (Rockytop) has textured paint on his 4x4. I saw it once parked downtown. It looked pretty good.
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Old 03-04-2018, 12:16 AM   #8
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Work today on filling the small holes in prep for the bedliner. Great thing is it doesn’t have to be perfect because the bedliner will hide a lot of my mistakes. Got an eraser wheel to take off the side decals it works great only thing is it wears down like an eraser. Who would have thought it would do that. Looks like I will have to get another one to finish the truck. I opted for a $10 one off Amazon not sure if the $ 40 ones would wear slower.
I’m going to need to take off the quarter windows when I do the bedliner. Any tips on getting them off?
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Old 03-04-2018, 04:50 PM   #9
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I plan on hitting my frame when my bed comes off next year. Probably do the fuel pump as well as access would be wide open.
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Old 03-04-2018, 04:52 PM   #10
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Noticed your battery tray in other thread. I would find a local guy to cut out and weld in a new tray. Yours looked like it was only going to get worse.
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