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New fuel door, what type of clearcoat?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by thegrandpoohbah, Aug 21, 2020.

  1. Aug 21, 2020 at 11:35 PM
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    thegrandpoohbah

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    Just suffered the apparently very common broken fuel door hinge. I have the new door from my local dealership and got my hands on a can of 4T3 to spray it myself. Question is, what is the best clearcoat to use for this? And do I want glossy or matte?
     
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  2. Aug 22, 2020 at 3:23 AM
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    You could just change the hinge and keep the original painted door. That's what I did.
     
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    Can you tell me where you ordered the hinge from, my dealer told me it was one complete unit. Thanks
     
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    I don't believe you can buy a hinge only then attach your correct color fuel door since it comes as a complete unit. I had a local body shop paint and mount mine for around $100. They did a fantastic job! Keep those hinges lubricated!!
     
  5. Aug 22, 2020 at 8:57 AM
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    If that is what you are using for a clear coat It may be ok but if it were mine I would use a 2K catalyzed clear like the one on the rest of your truck.
     
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    Dealership. Or a salvage yard if your lucky enough to find a tacoma in one.
    The double cab door is different from the access cab/ regular cab door. The hinge and door come as an assembly unpainted from the dealer.
    I just carefully pried the hinge tabs open on the new door with a flat screwdriver, removed the new hinge and reinstalled on my original door. Just don't bend the tabs open any more than you need to. I used 1/4" bolts nuts and washers to reinstall the hinge and door on the truck. I originally bought the oem rivets that hold the hinge on but the shanks are huge and require a special tool other than a standard parts store rivet puller. A new door and hinge from the dealership is around $40.
     
  9. Aug 23, 2020 at 6:30 AM
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    @mikkydee is right on. If you’re going to paint, 2K clear is the only way to go and Spraymax is a great brand for spot repairs.
     

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