hood tech (paint center-section black)

muddogbob

 
 
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I know there are a lot of guys out there running this setup. Since my paint is fading right on the center of the hood, I'm considering going with the black look. I don't want to run linex on the hood, just some kind of paint.

So, what works? Where do you get it? Did you do it yourself, or have a pro do it?


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I think rattle canning it would be fine. Just tape it off and sand it, then let er rip! I bought my 60 with it, and it's the only decent part of the body :doh:

 

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I have many pics, but I think they are people's rigs from this forum. I don't want to offend anyone.

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Yep, rattle can it with rust-olem flat black.

Remove the hood (easy to do)

Put it on a set of work-horses or lean it up against a tree. Put a drop cloth under the hood. Tape off the center section and use a fine grit sand paper to rough up the area to be painted. Before you rattle can it get a 5 gal bucket and put 2-3 cans of flat black in the bucket. Fill the bucket half way with HOT tap water. Let the cans sit for a while. The hot water heats the propellent and paint and makes the job easier.

Spray your first coat. First coat will be thin. Spray from 10-12" away from the surface at all times. Let it dry. Run a tack cloth over the paint to pick up and 'goobers' and hand sand down any lumps- but there shouldn't be any if you sprayed from a good distance. But, if you're too far away the paint will clump up before it hits the hood and you'll have to do a bunch of finish sanding.

Repeat process until you're happy with the results. Generally takes 3-4 coats on nice flat metal, 4-5 coats on some areas.
 

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clear coat?

would you recommend a clear coat or two following the rattle can process?
 
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Figure out how much you want to paint. I just painted the center raised part and not the cowl. I like it. I wish I had taken the hood off before I got overspray over-everything. I'd say do it... I put three coats of rustoluem "professional" down and I can wash it without it peeling off or anything and it doesn't seem to scratch worse than the other paint.

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vtcruiser60 said:
would you recommend a clear coat or two following the rattle can process?
I wouldn't - unless it's a flat clear-coat (do they make a flat or satin clear coat?). The point of painting it black is to cut down on glare. Plus, it's just one more layer to get peeled off by the sun...
 

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I painted mine a LONG time ago, partly to cut down on the glare of the roof rack-mounted lights, partly to cover up some crappy faded paint. Liked the look and kept it, even after changing the color of the truck.

I didn't used flat paint, I used Rustoleum Satin Black and just taped the corners carefully and covered the rest of the truck with newspaper, tape, and a tarp. Worked great, and the sun got the Satin Black to the right level.

If you use flat black to start with, the paint will get stained with mud. In fact, I don't use flat black for *anything* on my Cruiser, don't like the look and don't like to wash.
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