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Painting a cap on a budget...

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by Backinblack03, May 31, 2016.

  1. May 31, 2016 at 7:18 AM
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    Backinblack03

    Backinblack03 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I picked up an inexpensive fiberglass cap last fall just before a Scout camping trip. It's hideous white. I would like to paint it black to match the truck, but I'm on a tiny budget this year... :(

    I'm usually pretty good with a rattle can, but not on broad flat surfaces, so I was thinking Plasti-dip or Hammerite.

    I'm not looking for 100% perfection, but the white has to go...!

    Thoughts and suggestions?
     
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  2. May 31, 2016 at 7:24 AM
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  3. May 31, 2016 at 7:27 AM
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    Blais03

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  4. May 31, 2016 at 7:27 AM
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    I did the same thing on my $40 "Blue" camper shell- Scotchbrite pads, masking tape, old newspapers,2-4 spray cans of "Quality" Black paint ( not Plastidip or Bedliner) then wash really well & have at it -Take your time with the prep & painting-You'll be pretty good at broad flat surfaces when you're done
     
  5. May 31, 2016 at 7:30 AM
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    Reserected from the dead.
    You can get amazing results using a roller. I've done it several times.

    Just make sure prep work is done good.

    Sand the cap, then wipe down with a paint prep solvent.
     
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  6. May 31, 2016 at 7:46 AM
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    digitaLbraVo

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    Covered in stickers and chrome stick-ons for extra horse torques and foot powers. Icon sticker gets me tons of travel, dozens of milimeters.
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    I got Maaco to paint mine for less than $400 and it looks really good, perfect color match...
     
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    I used a sprayer similar to this to paint a fiberglass dingy. Came out awesome. Far better than the rattle can approach since you'll find a hundred uses for this thing, or you can sell it on Craigslist when you're done and recoup much of your cost. Practice a little on something else before you do the cap. And just be anal about cleaning it out after each use and it will last forever.

    http://www.amazon.com/RBHV200000LE-...64707795&sr=1-32&keywords=hvlp+sprayer+system
     
  9. May 31, 2016 at 8:56 AM
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    Scuff it and bed line it I used the herculiner kit $100 bucks here's how my cap turned outIMAG0201.jpg IMAG0203.jpg IMAG0204.jpg IMAG0205.jpg 2016-03-28 08.51.09.jpg
     

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  10. May 31, 2016 at 12:07 PM
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    Interesting choice. Not sure I would have went with black on a Silver Taco. Don't get me wrong, it looks like you did a good job. The color combo isn't bad. Black usually works with most everything ...

    I don't know ... It's just ... I don't know ...

    Got it. The black fenders are throwing me off. Have you considered running a black stripe along the bottom of the truck?
     
  11. May 31, 2016 at 12:14 PM
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    just got done with this myself. found a great fitting one for 50 beans, in good shape, but white. I decided black rattle can, on mgm taco.

    not perfect, but good enough. I will end up switching out the solid (windows) for dark lexan or similar.



     
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  12. May 31, 2016 at 1:55 PM
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    Yeah I think the bed liner is awesome it kinda matches my trucks theme lol I actually got some sliders that balance the cap out .IMAG1216.jpg IMAG1218.jpg
     
  13. May 31, 2016 at 2:21 PM
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    Then have at it. Would I bet come out better than rattle can or roller. And you get to learn something.
     
  14. May 31, 2016 at 2:23 PM
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    Vinyl is cheap enough. I'd wrap it.
     
  15. May 31, 2016 at 3:18 PM
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    Speak to me more about rolling on paint...
     
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    Google "Roll and Tip"; it's a method of painting that boat guys use for putting smooth finishes on fiberglass. With the right paint (maybe a good marine paint) you could get some pretty great results.
     
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    how does it look today though
     

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