Paradise 2 Pavement | Beauty is only skin deep
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Beauty is only skin deep

When I was living in the Caribbean there’s two things everyone experiences with their vehicles; rust and sun damage.  Living on a 108 sq. mi. island means there’s no avoiding the salt. Additionally, having over 340 days a year of clear skies (hurricane dependent) puts a hurting on clear coats.  So when I brought my Jeep from Florida to Antigua, it didn’t take long for me to see the effects island life can have on a vehicle.  Well, it was a Jeep and anyone who knows what cassie bush is, knows that pinstriping isn’t even the right term for what this tree does to paint jobs.  So I searched for alternatives and came across people putting bed liner on the outside of their trail rigs.  It seemed like less maintenance which is something I’m all for.  I did some research and concluded on U-Pol’s Raptor liner.  It came in a kit, all ready to go, simple as hell.  My paint was separating from my hood and there was a bunch of rust on the roof.  I went through the process and thought it turned out pretty good.

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It was a few months later and the liner was holding up great!  Hard as a rock, still the same color as the day I shot it, and it looked pretty cool.  So as other parts of the Jeep started to deteriorate I kept buying kits and getting more comfortable and faster at the process.  As the franks commercial says, I put that s#!t on everything.  About 9 vehicles, a cooler, a ladder, and a bunch of other stuff later I knew exactly what I was going to do with this white van when I bought it.

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I wanted a light desert tan with black rocker panels.  I also went ahead and did the inside as well since there was a bunch of surface rust and I had access to it.  At the time I was doing this project (May), it was either super hot or raining.  So I bought this 20’x10′ canopy thing, that I was also anticipating bringing on the trip until I saw how big it was packed down.  It wasn’t even close to being tall enough so I had to throw some cinderblocks underneath it to be able to fit between the van and the tarp.  I draped some plastic down to contain the overspray.  Oh my neighbors were probably loving it.  But sometimes you have to make due with what you have.  I was planning on bringing a large compressor on the road and doing this as a side gig for money, but this was my first time spraying without the shelter of a paint booth.  Battling with the elements was such a pita that it wouldn’t be worth the hassle.  So I ended up renting a compressor from Home Depot.  It worked out great because most of the tools I brought back from Antigua were pneumatic.  After doing this project so many times, acquiring the right tools and learning time saving techniques was crucial to busting this project out in a timely manner.

You can find step by step instructions online, but if you have an specific questions or want some tips check out my build thread or message me on expo portal.  A brief rundown of my process goes like this:

– Clean
– Knock off all the loose rust with a scraper
– Wire brush rust spots
– Treat rust (Ospho)
– Clean
– Sand (80 grit)
– Clean (solvent)
– Mask
– Prime (1st coat, etch primer if bare metal)
– Prime (2nd coat, full coverage)
– Clean (solvent)
– Liner (1st coat, mist)
– Liner (2nd coat, crevices/cover)
– Liner (3rd coat, full coverage)
Derek
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