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.
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.
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.
– Knock off all the loose rust with a scraper
– Wire brush rust spots
– Treat rust (Ospho)
– Sand (80 grit)
– Clean (solvent)
– 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)