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Decals , Pinstripes, and Dent Removal

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by CS_AR, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. Jun 25, 2019 at 6:56 PM
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    CS_AR

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    Dropped off the Taco at the body shop this morning to restore decals, pinstripes, and some paintless dent removal. Getting closer on the exterior restoration project.

    Here's a before and after pic.

    Before picture. Notice the dent behind the rear wheel and in front of the bumper.

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    After - Pinstripe and TRD Decal -- The dent behind the rear wheel has been removed.

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    TRD Decal on the passenger side. There was a dent behind the rear wheel like the one on the driver side.

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    Just a close up of the pinstripe. The new pinstripe covered a difference in paint fade left behind by the original pinstripe.

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  2. Jun 25, 2019 at 7:34 PM
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    tailgate :confused:
     
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  3. Jun 25, 2019 at 9:15 PM
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    Yep. It got the pinstripe too.
     
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  4. Jun 25, 2019 at 10:42 PM
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    I really dig the pinstripes
     
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  5. Jun 26, 2019 at 6:10 AM
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    Crazy that little thin stripe could make a world of difference in hiding that new paint or not. Looking good hermano
     
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  6. Jun 26, 2019 at 8:50 AM
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    Thank you. @cruiserguy

    On the TRD decals, I am glad that I purchased two different sets. I had originally purchased the red outline set as an OEM looking replacement from an eBay seller. Those decals came with some markings on the backing paper that indicate Oracal. Later I would find that backing paper type makes a difference.

    Later I saw some all black TRD decals on Amazon and decided to go with those instead. So I just kept the TRD red outline decals in the parts box for some future purpose. I'm glad I kept them around.

    Late in the afternoon, I got a panicked call from the body shop telling me the decals could not be mounted. The body shop owner said the decals look like the ones you get from Amazon. Yep. Sure enough.

    I told him that I have another set of decals that are like the authentic TRD decals and that I would be there in 10 minutes with the replacement decals. Note that I didn't say the decals were from eBay. The eBay decals turned out to use a higher quality Orcal backing. The backing separated without issue and the decals were correctly installed.

    Here's a link to the black outlined decals that I bought on Amazon. These decals were unusable. The lettering could not be separated from the backing.

    Link to Amazon decals that wouldn't work.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N3CSWA6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Link to eBay decals that worked correctly.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/254176430234
     
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  7. Jun 26, 2019 at 8:52 AM
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    did you first check with McGeorge about getting OEM decals, do they still exist in some warehouse shelf?
     
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  8. Jun 26, 2019 at 9:02 AM
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    They exist. $34.69 with red backing like the ones I got on eBay for $11.25. I think the eBay ones may have been surplus stock. The body shop owner said the backing looked like real Toyota decals.
     
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  9. Jun 26, 2019 at 9:04 AM
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    very good deal then!
     
  10. Jun 26, 2019 at 9:21 AM
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    Good looking truck!

    Pinstripes are normally the first thing I remove when I get a vehicle but if they've been on forever the fading can be tough to deal with.
     
  11. Jun 26, 2019 at 9:31 AM
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    Is it me or does your bed look like its sitting a bit high? The body lines from the cab don't seem to line up with the ones on the bed in your first picture. Look at where the cab meets the bed.
     
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  12. Jun 26, 2019 at 1:11 PM
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    It does look a shade high. No evidence of an accident by the previous owner. I wonder if somebody pulled the bed to replace a fuel pump and it came out a touch different or something.
     
  13. Jun 26, 2019 at 1:12 PM
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    I just mentioned it since you had the striping done. Truck looks good.
     
  14. Jun 26, 2019 at 1:13 PM
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    If there hadn't been the fading, I would not have had had it restriped. So I got the new stripe to cover the exact location for the old.
     
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  15. Jun 26, 2019 at 5:04 PM
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    you did not pull the bed to clean and paint your frame all shiny as seen in another recent posting?
     
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  16. Jun 26, 2019 at 5:10 PM
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    Nope. Not yet anyway. I did the front 1/3 while I had the engine out.
     
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  17. Jun 26, 2019 at 6:16 PM
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    This afternoon I installed some new bed rails. One more thing is now done for the trim job.

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  18. Jun 27, 2019 at 3:03 PM
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    Nice truck. If your box looks high compared to the cab check the cab mounts to the frame. Mine caved into the cab and it appeared as yours does but mine was worse. Not sure if you have a body lift but my body lift pucks were too narrow and the small surface area punched right in while i had a heavy buddy riding in the back corner mudding :/
     
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  19. Jun 27, 2019 at 3:15 PM
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    No body lift. Need to check out the cab to frame bushings.
     
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  20. Jun 27, 2019 at 3:28 PM
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    I almost don't want to look at the cab to frame bushings. I have a predisposition to insert aluminum spacers or Delrin to fill in any gaps to get things as tight as possible. I'm not ready for that phase yet.. LOL

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