So two cans of paint doesn’t quite cover a hood, fender and bumper cover, so I masked off part of the bumper and made do. Worked from about 10 a.m. until 5:30 today minus a half hour for lunch, got the truck painted and reassembled including the inner fender mud guard. The truck is overdue for an oil change. One of the belt is squealing awfully–both of these things were on my to-do list when I crashed.
Here’s how it’s gone over the past week.
Yesterday we had company, so I did nothing. Today the temp was heading for the low 60s, so I read the paint can. Said sand with 600 grit. I had 400. I had 800. I went to autozone for some 600, plus some masking tape.
Encouraged, I shot the inside of the fender lip, the underside, and the back edge of the hood. I also shot the bent metal underneath it, hoping to stave off rust.
Masking. . .
The clear went on good for about half a hood, then the trigger handle I bought twisted a little and I got a bunch of drips. Dang!
Then I screwed up and munched my cardboard windshield mask into the job too, messing up the last inch of the back of the hood. Double-dang!
Fortunately, the rest came out pretty decent. I can live with a few drips on my 13-year-old truck.
I had to make all the plastic rivet holes a little bigger to work the rivets I bought. They’re supposed to be Nissan bumper cover rivets, but they would not go through any of the holes, and I couldn’t get anything right at the Auto Zone. Still: not too shabby for a totaled truck!
Here’s how she looks on the street. This is her bad side:
Total time in: 30 1/2 hours. Total money spent: $1,025.