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Tailgate re-finish project complete (pictures)! With new decals from Socmonkey

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Cvd2312, May 2, 2011.

  1. May 2, 2011 at 7:39 PM
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    Cvd2312

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    So today I finally completed my re-finish of my tailgate. It was a frustrating process, in all honesty I should have just paid a shop to do it. The clear coat came out with some flaws that you can see when the light shines on it, but whatever it is better than it was.

    I started this project because I had some deep scratches in my tailgate and the vinyl decals were wearing off. I was just going to try to fill the scratches and replace the decals, but of course I ended up re-doing the whole thing.

    The new black decals came from Socmonkey, very happy with the job he did on them and they were a breeze to install. I went with black rather than staying with the original silver colored decals. The TOYOTA decal and the TACOMA LX decal were matched to what was originally on the tailgate. In the left corner there was originally a "V6" decal, however I decided to replace it with the old-school "4 WHEEL DRIVE" logo that was used on the 79-83 Toyota 4x4's.

    Here's pictures thru the whole process for anyone that's interested:


    After scraping off the worn-out decals

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    Sanded down
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    Sanding
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    Basecoat/clearcoat
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    Decals on
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    I went with the old-school "4 wheel drive" logo rather than the original "V6" logo that was on the tailgate
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    Finally back on the truck
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  2. May 2, 2011 at 7:58 PM
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    Gieser

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    lookin good :thumbsup:
    like the old school decals.
     
  3. May 2, 2011 at 8:24 PM
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    alove0750

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    I'm likin' it a lot!
     
  4. May 2, 2011 at 8:28 PM
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    Very nice! :thumbsup:
     
  5. May 2, 2011 at 8:30 PM
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    cajun11viking

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    Looks good! Agreed on the old school decals!
     
  6. May 2, 2011 at 8:34 PM
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    kmok

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    Great work! The decals look great!
     
  7. May 2, 2011 at 8:40 PM
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    Good Job!!!!!!!
     
  8. May 2, 2011 at 8:50 PM
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    looks smooth, good job man
     
  9. May 2, 2011 at 8:51 PM
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    wow great job!
     
  10. May 2, 2011 at 8:56 PM
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    RelentlessFab

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    love the oldschool 4 wheel drive decal added on. :)
     
  11. May 3, 2011 at 4:50 AM
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    Ya man, great job on that! :D
     
  12. May 3, 2011 at 5:37 AM
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    the old school 4 wheel drive decal looks awesome! really sets it apart from other tacos.
     
  13. May 3, 2011 at 10:21 AM
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    Thanks guys for all the compliments!
     
  14. May 3, 2011 at 10:32 AM
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    Looks good!
     
  15. May 3, 2011 at 10:34 AM
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    looks sharp, good job
     
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