Painting your PUP

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  1. bobcap

    bobcap New Member

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    Hey all;

    I've seen quite a few posts concerning painting your PUP's. As soon as I replace my lift cables this weekend, Painting the Interior,Exterior & frame is next up on my extensive list.

    Can you please let me know the best method of achieving a good result?

    (I.e - paints, primers etc...)

    The exterior is aluminum, the roof is severely pock-marked from hail damage (but not leaking) - Would Kool Cote work for this?

    I am also going to replace the decals with something custom, so looking for ideas for that as well

    Any suggestions, hints, gotcha's are welcome

    Thanks up front

    bob
     
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    check with a local paint store or body shop on the proper type of paint to use on aluminum. I paint with enamel at work, on steel. I think a good scuff( i recomend scotch-brite pad) to the existing paint is important, then a good primer.make sure you mask off all the lights and fixtures, or remove them. maybe even mask a 'skirt' around the pup to avoid overspray on the wheels and frame, unless you are going to brush it on. and remember to take lots of pictures, before and after so all can see your painting mod.

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    I just painted the aluminum roof on our pu with the RV roof paint from walmart. The can said to do the seam, then the first coat lengthwise, then the second coat crossways. It took about 3/4 of the gallon can. I read on here somewhere that someone had it tinted to match, and it came out nice. YMMV.

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  4. christate1970

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    If the exterior aluminum is already painted all that need to be done is scuff it. The existing paint is like a primer and it is bonded well to the aluminum. If you sand all the paint off and have bare aluminum you will need soome type of etching primer. One etched you can use any paint.

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    jwolfe01 Honeoye, NY

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    You can use pretty much any paint that you want to, its up to you. The biggest difference in paints is how many steps you want to go through. There is single stage paint, which is very easy, then you have 2 stage where you spray a base coat and then a clear coat, which holds up and looks deeper than single stage, and then you can even get into 3 stage paint for pearls or candy colors. I will be doing a custom graphics job on mine, and will be using a 2 stage paint so that I can lay on a base coat, then paint the graphics on and then lay on some clear over everything.

    Before you paint, you will need to scuff the existing paint with scotch brite or a fine grit sand paper and then thoroughly degrease the surface, then clean it with some thinner to remove any dust, etc. Make sure that you tape anything off that you dont want paint on, or just remove it. Definitely tape and skirt off the bottom of the PUP, nothing looks worse than overspray. Take your time and make sure that the paint does not dry too quickly or you will get "tiger striping" from where you overlap your passes.

    A good site to see the complete details on what the differences are in what types of paint is www.ppg.com

    Good Luck!

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  6. christate1970

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    Good advise jwolfe01. You must be in the paint trade. I used PPg Delfleet Single Stage urethane for the white and I used basecoat/clearcoat for the band stripe. I have pics on my webshots. If you are going to use Single Stages check out some industrial Single Stage Urethanes. You can almost get the same look as a automotive paint but at a fraction of the cost. You can easily spend $300 on materials to paint your pop up. The nice thing about the industrial urethanes is if you dont reduce them you can get a nice textured finish for the roof of your PU.

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    jwolfe01 Honeoye, NY

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    Well, I worked in a body shop for a few years, and am a very avid car guy. Ive painted my fair share of cars lol.

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  8. James

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    SW sells an industrial primer called Kem Kromic. And when they say industrial, they mean it. Very thick stuff that when it dries it's like having a second roof over the roof. I used Sherwin Williams super paint exterior for the top coat. It is an acrylic paint. Here is the painting process after stripping the caulk. 1) clean with Simple Green and very stiff brush. 2) Rinse and allow to dry. 3) Clean with a dewaxer/degreaser available at automotive store 4)Prime and allowed to dry for 72 hours. 5)Wipe with damp lint free cloth. or clean again with the degreaser/dewaxer 6) Paint and re-caulk.
    The paint job will look as factory as you can get with a roller. You may want to use a thick nap roller to hide any imperfections.

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    Oh yea. You should also use a scotch brite pad to scuff up the surface before you clean the top. The reason I used the Kem Kromic primer was because the paint had a few spots were the bare aluminum was showing through. The paint store said that spot priming would not give me good results so I did the whole roof.

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    scuffing is probably the most important step. also degreasing, cuz if you dont ,you'll see what 'fish-eyed' means. Spot priming doesnt work well on cured paint. it may cover nice, but will have a different sheen in those spots.

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    I just went over the whole box with my power sander (lightly), washed and dried throughly and painted with Rustoleum enamel spray paint. I bought some Rustoleum clear coat to go over it but didn't have time to put it on before we left for Orlando.

    I was worried about finishing the paint the night before we left then driving 9 hours down but, even after 9 hours down and nie hours back THEN 4 days later 9 hours down and 9 hours back again....the paint still looks like I just sprayed it on.

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    I painted my Pop up one year ago and so far its holding up well. It has survived a Seattle winter. I have pictures on my webshots page.

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