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undercover tonneau paint question

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by thebottomline, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. Jan 18, 2011 at 3:55 PM
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    thebottomline

    thebottomline [OP] Well-Known Member

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    The undercover SE smooth tonneau covers state they must be painted.

    I assume this is not a realistic do it yourself project.

    Does anyone have experience with prices for painting these things?
    I called 3 local shops and got a price range of 175-350 USD to paint it!!!

    That seems a bit steep since undercover tonneaus do not require adhesive paint layers. I have a black tacoma and want it paint matched close obviously.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Jan 18, 2011 at 3:58 PM
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    rbeezy

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    you dont have to paint it. i didnt and it goes good with my MGM
     
  3. Jan 18, 2011 at 4:53 PM
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    thebottomline

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    the SE smooth are the one type of undercover that need to be painted, don't have any protection and not designed to be put directly on without painting...according to the website.
    Do you have the SE, SE smooth, or classic tonneau?
     
  4. Jan 18, 2011 at 5:51 PM
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    maju

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    If you look at the picture that rbeezy has in his signature you can see a lock in each corner of the undercover, also the pictures in his profile show clearly the 2 locks. I am sure that he has a undercover classic (like I have) since the SE smooth has a single lock.

    As far as painting, I would think you would want at a minumum the following: 2 primer coats, 2 or 3 color coats, and 2 or 3 clear coats.
    I would think that about 200- 250 would be about right...

    You could try and do it yourself, its mostly flat, and could be done with rattle cans (if you use rattle cans get x2 what you think you need and get very very fine grit sand paper).
     
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