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datsunrides


Revvin Up
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posted October 14, 2010 11:42 AM

What would you do...

I would like some thoughts on how to treat the inside of my bed. My basic dilema is this truck still wears it's original paint in excellent condition, except in the bed. While there is quite a bit of the original paint still in the bed, it obviously has been used and the paint has been scratched up and surface rust is there. So, here is what I'm thinking,

1- Leave it alone and simply polish and wax it. (did that when I 1st got the truck and it came out decent)
2- Sand it down and find a rattle can that closely matches the original color
3- Roll on bedliner. I have done this on other trucks and it does look nice.
4- Full strip and repaint with real automotive paint

Now, since this truck is basically original, and they can only be original once, I am tempted to leave it alone. A secondary concern is resale value, since times are bad and may have to sell her in the coming future if things don't improve. I guess what I'm looking for also is if one of you were looking to buy this truck, what value do you place on the bed finish and would any of the above work devalue the truck in your mind?

Mark

       
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sparky


Redlining
Posts: 299
posted October 14, 2010 12:54 PM

Go with the roll on bedliner. Use Herculiner. I tried some cheap rustoleum stuff and went over the top of it with Herculiner. It looks awesome. Liked it so much i put it in the engine bay.
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Klaus42


Rotorhead
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posted October 14, 2010 09:30 PM

Unless it's a 100% bone-stock original in great to excellent condition, I'd guess you'd take more of a loss by spending for bedliner materials than you would on selling price. That said, I'd clean and treat with Phosphoric acid to convert what rust there is, prior to some kind of paint/bedliner.

       
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datsunrides


Revvin Up
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posted October 15, 2010 03:25 AM
Edited By: datsunrides on 15 Oct 2010 03:26

OK, here is a pic of the bed. This was about 4 years ago and it's a little worse now, but not a whole lot.



Hey, I actually use this thing as a truck! LOL. And yes, this truck is pretty much bone stock in excellent shape.

Mark

       
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Klaus42


Rotorhead
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posted October 15, 2010 09:07 AM

I would either leave that alone, or spot-treat with Ospho and touch it up with a good matching paint, and resist the urge to coat it with bedliner... but that's just me.

       
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Rotary_Pickup


Hauling
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posted October 15, 2010 08:16 PM

I wouldn't use bed liner if your going to sell it soon. Some people might think your hiding something under the bed liner. I would just spot sand, treat, and match the paint as close as possible.
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datsunrides


Revvin Up
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posted October 18, 2010 08:03 PM

Well, decided on a hybrid approach. Going to clean up the rust on the bed floor, prime the bare spots, then use a roll on bedliner on the floor only. I'll leave the sides as is, except polished and waxed. This seems to me to be the easiest, most cost effective approach to preserve the bed from any further rusting. Best to deal with surface rust now before it has any chance to eat thru the bed!

Mark

       
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Klaus42


Rotorhead
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posted October 19, 2010 08:12 AM

Phosphoric acid/Ospho will convert any rust you can't scrub/sand/wire wheel away, prior to priming, and help to prevent further rust.

       
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