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Painting sliders

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Mitch, Dec 2, 2011.

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When should I spray paint?

Poll closed Jan 1, 2012.
  1. Paint before you weld them on the truck?

    18 vote(s)
    94.7%
  2. Weld, then paint the sliders (mask the fuck out of the truck)

    1 vote(s)
    5.3%
  1. Dec 2, 2011 at 2:09 PM
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    Mitch

    Mitch [OP] Somebody call for a Wambulance?

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    I'm getting a set of Elite sliders hopefully come monday. I plan on welding them on next week. But, what should I do?

    Spray paint before the weld? Or Weld, then spray paint?
     
  2. Dec 2, 2011 at 2:12 PM
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    deadhed61

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    Paint everything but where you're welding, then weld, then paint again! You're going to need to spray your bare frame after welding anyways to prevent rust.
     
  3. Dec 2, 2011 at 2:12 PM
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    97yota4wd

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    paint everything besides where you weld, after you weld on the truck paint the welds
     
  4. Dec 2, 2011 at 2:12 PM
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    DeeKay21

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    I'd paint before you install them, that way you know for sure you got every inch painted off.
     
  5. Dec 2, 2011 at 2:13 PM
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    I would say you stole my idea, but looks like mine made it up first! :D
     
  6. Dec 2, 2011 at 2:14 PM
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    X2 it's way easier to spray the sliders before you weld them on just stop about 1 or 2" from the ends of the legs so you have a clean surface to weld.
     
  7. Dec 2, 2011 at 2:29 PM
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    Mitch

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    Reason I ask, is because my buddy who is going to do the welding, said if I painted before hand, then I would need to watch out for weld spatter ruining the paint
     
  8. Dec 2, 2011 at 2:34 PM
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    True, but you're welding almost completely under the truck so all the said "spatter" should not be directed towards your sliders. They'll be just fine man. If not, the touch up will be way easier then having to completely paint then after it's welded on.
     
  9. Dec 2, 2011 at 3:20 PM
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    If your mig welding them on just check your gas pressure and your feed and amperage and you should be fine with very little spatter. If you using a stick welder switch to DC current and it will help. I welded mine outside with 035 wire and my pressure was set at 12psi.
     
  10. Dec 3, 2011 at 4:49 AM
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    sean266

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    Paint with primer first
    Paint with black bed paint
    Weld
    Paint over welded spots

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