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Old 06-26-2016, 10:33 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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90 GMC. I've had it since it was new, and it's mechanically perfect. I have maintained it all these years and repaired everything as needed.
And it's a nice truck; 4X4, shortbed, 5.7 liter, Automatic, bucket seats, sunroof, power this-and-that. The body is in good shape. Everything that has happened to it has been repaired. If the engine ever goes, I will replace it.

But the paint is shot.
I had a partial paint job about 10 years ago, and now the clear coat is peeling. So at some point in the next few months I am going to repaint. BTW, I intend to keep the truck until I am too old to drive; that's another 20 years. I'll be 90.
And I do not park it inside.

But what to do?
I could bring it all the way back to brand new, but maybe there is something else I could do.

I saw where they are using bed liner on the body of pickups; anyone seen this?
I saw where one guy put a coat of epoxy primer on it and left it like that.
There is a video of someone using Rustoleum on a vehicle; he just rolled it on.
Or I could take it to MAACO every 5 - 6 years.

I'd like to hear your opinions and experience.........I want it to last....it's a 4X4...I don't park it inside...live in the deep south...
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Sugarmill Woods , FL
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Spray it flat camouflage with shaker cans!
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:47 PM
 
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bedliner the body.
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:54 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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bedliner the body.
I have not seen that done, although I have read about it.

Have you seen it?
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Old 06-27-2016, 07:57 AM
 
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I have not seen that done, although I have read about it.

Have you seen it?
only when the hosts of various automotive shows do it. and since bedliner comes in a few different colors these days, you should be ale to pick one you like.
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Old 06-27-2016, 08:05 AM
 
Location: NNJ
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bedliner the body.
I vote for this...

Takes a bit of time and prep work. DIY is certainly possible. I used Herculiner which is relatively inexpensive. Did the inside tub and the lower half + fenders of my old jeep when I had it. Works great and offered good protection from minor stuff.

I called a couple professional bedliner services in the area. They wouldn't warranty the work because I wasn't actually applying it to a truck bed. They also required me to prep the jeep myself (again because it wasn't a truck bed). For the high prices they wanted, I simply did it myself. But that was something like 14 years ago. To be fair though, the bed liner from the professional shops goes on thicker than the Herculiner.
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Old 06-27-2016, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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outside of preventing surface rust getting bad just leave it heck my 91 F250 still has the original paint job and it is fine

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Old 06-27-2016, 09:21 AM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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outside of preventing surface rust getting bad just leave it heck my 91 F250 still has the original paint job and it is fine
Yours does look good!

I hit a deer a few years back and had the front end all repainted along with the hood and so forth. Now the clear coat is coming loose like old Saran wrap.
Looks pretty bad. Just not too sure what I'm going to do.
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Old 06-27-2016, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Texas
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The Kevlar painted Jeeps look GREAT and it's supposed to be pretty darn protective.

This is near me and I've seen them in person (while shopping for a different car).

http://www.starwoodmotors.com/kevlar.html
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Old 06-27-2016, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Yours does look good!

I hit a deer a few years back and had the front end all repainted along with the hood and so forth. Now the clear coat is coming loose like old Saran wrap.
Looks pretty bad. Just not too sure what I'm going to do.
thank you she is still plucking along and i find older 1987-1997.5 Ford F-Series and 1988-1998 GMT400 Chevy trucks from that era to be great long last east to work vehicles that us DIY shade tree mechanics can keep going for very little $$$ in maintenance

as to your original post have you looked at getting one of those vinyl car wraps for 4x4's?

They are a bit thicker then Vinyl wraps for cars and protect the truck a bit better from minor dings and scratches but with the age of our trucks dings and scratches just show they lived a long full life doing truck stuff.
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