Mud in my Veins
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Memphis, TN
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Re: paint condoms
After I rolled my truck, I got to pick the colors for the replacement body. Considering the expense of a paint job, I chose colors that would be cheap and easy to touch up. Since factory colors usually change every model year ('89 Vermillion red is not exactly '90 Vermillion red), I went for the basics. Gloss black is always gloss black, and I had the paint store color-match the Rustoleum Sand Tan available now and forever at Wal-Mart, so I'll never have to special order a can of touch-up paint. I paid $350 to have all the sheet metal painted (bare - no taping until the second color) and now, when I scratch it, I just clean it, maybe use a little tape, and spray. The point is, choose your colors carefully when you DO get your truck repainted. If it's an '83 Dark Bronze (not available now thru Ford or Dupli-Color), but you want to keep it basically that color, choose one that IS available, even if it's a '97 Dark Hickory (or whatever). Then you can still enjoy doing what Broncos are meant to do: taking the road less travelled by.
And the magnetic sheets at the McMasters website is available in basic colors for $4.44/linear foot at 24 3/8" wide (less than $125 for us). Other than the CUSTOM colors, it's probably the same stuff the other site sells for $900.
83 Custom w/95 4.9L EFI, 78 NP435, 83 NP208, 83 D44IFS 3.07, 87 Ford 8.8ABS 3.08, Michelin LTX AT 31x10.50R15