Herron Custom Paint Work in Progress Herron Custom Paint September 25, 2017   

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 This project is not here right now. You can see what we have done to it so far. It is currently at Arron's place waiting on an engine.  
The bed, fenders and tailgate.  
The first step will be melting all the undercoat out from the bottom of the cab. Then we will strip the paint off, remove the seamsealer and mediablast the entire cab inside and out.  
Once the cab has been blasted it will be coated with epoxy. Then the rust will be dealt with. It looks like just the normal rust these truck have. Nothing out of the ordinary yet. 
The old factory seamsealer is getting stripped out of the drip rails and the rest of the cab. 
Stripping the paint and old seamsealer off the cab. 
A torch, wire brush and scrapers are used to remove the undercoat. The sandblaster just wont eat through undercoat well. 
Stripping the paint off the roof. 
Stripping the tailgate. 
The fenders have been stripped and are ready to sandblast. 
The fenders will be stripped and the edges blasted and they will be sprayed with epoxy. 

The back of the cab has been stripped.

 

The cab has been flipped the other way to finish removing the undercoat.

 
Once the undercoat was melted out and all the old seamsealer removed it was time for sandblasting. 

Any areas that still have paint on them will be blasted.

 
The fenders and tailgate are getting sandblasted. 
Stripping the paint off the outside of the hood. We will have to take the hood to the media blaster and have the inside soda blasted. 
The entire inside will be sandblasted. 

The next step will be repairing the rust.

 
The fenders have been sprayed with epoxy. 
Now that the cab is in epoxy the bodywork and rust repair can begin. 
The outside of the tailgate has been sprayed with epoxy. 
The tailgate has been sprayed with epoxy. 
After the top of the hood was stripped it was sprayed with epoxy. 
Once the entire cab was sandblasted inside and out it was cleaned up and sprayed with epoxy. 
Epoxy has been sprayed on the inside of the fenders. 
I am spraying epoxy on the door, cowl panel and door hinges after they were stripped and blasted. 
The left floor is getting cut out where its bad. 
This rust in the left firewall will be cut out and welded up with new metal. 
The right kick panel has been replaced. Now the right inner rocker and floor is getting welded up. 
Replacing the left kick panel. 
Cutting the bad metal out of the left front floor. The floors and cab mounts will be replaced before the rockers or cab corners are removed. 
Cutting the bad part of the right front cab mount out to get acess to the floor. 
Stripping the right door. Its got some filler in the lower  part and some small rust but nothing that makes it not worth repairing. 
The right door and all 4 door hinges have been stripped and sandblasted. 
The right door has been stripped and sandblasted. We had 2 sets of hinges and picked the best ones and blasted them. 
The cowl panel has been stripped and sandblasted. 
The left rear floor brace has been cut back enough to allow room to fix the rusted floor pan. 
After removing the rocker we found this rust in the pillar. the will be cut out and rebuilt. 
The rust in the left firewall has been cut out. 
The seam on the front floor of the cab has been welded. this was held together with rivits from an old repair. 
Rebuilding the rusted right front door post behind the rocker. 
A little rust on the cab in the rear behind the right rocker. this will be rebuilt. 
The right rocker has been removed. 
The right front cab support has been welded in. 
The right door , door hinges, and cowl panel have been sprayed with epoxy. 
The rust has been cut out of the right firewall. 
Rebuilding the inner rear part of the cab on the right behind the rocker. 
This rust on the left door post behind the rocker will be cut out and rebuilt. 
The rust has been welded up on the right firewall. 
Getting the cab square again. 
The left door opening is out of alignment so a portapower and come along are being used to get the right door gap. 
Repairing the rust on the left door post behind the rocker. 
The left rocker has been removed. This is what was behind it at the back. This will be cut out and rebuilt. 
The right cab corner has been removed. 
Welding the right rocker on. 
Repairing the rust on the left rear part of the cab behind the rocker. 
The left rocker and cab corner have been replaced. 
The left door fits, the left side of the cab is all welded together. 
The right door fits and the right side of the cab is all welded together. 
The inside of the left door is ready for epoxy. 
The welds on the cab are all getting sandblasted. 
The left door has been stripped and all the parts taken out of it. Now it is getting sandblasted. 
All the welds and major body seams have been sandblasted. 
The outside of the left door is ready for epoxy. 
Panel adhesive has been put over all the welds on the left side of the cab inside and out. This will be sanded and then epoxy will be sprayed over all these areas. 
Panel adhesive on the right side of the cab. 
3m Panel adhesive is getting put over all the welds and the major body seams. This waterproofs everyrthing plus it makes it that much stronger. We use this stuff around the drip rail seams too. 
Putting the panel asdhesive over the seams and welds on the bottom of the cab. 
The left door has been stripped, blasted and sprayed with epoxy. 
Sanding down the panel adhesive on the cab. 
sanding down the panel adhesive on all the welds and body seams. 
Sanding the panel adhesive. 
The cab was blown off, wiped down with cleaner and epoxy was sprayed over the panel adhesive areas and bare metal areas. 
Now the cab can be bodyworked. All the rust is gone. 
Bodyworking the cab. 
Bodyworking the left cab corner and the back of the cab. 
Jim and me are both bodyworking on the cab. He is working on the back and I am sanding the epoxy on the cowl, firewall and door posts and bodyworking the windshield posts, door jams, rocker jams. 
Bodyworking the cab still. 
The epoxy has all been sanded with 80 grit on the entire outside of the cab. Now the bodywork is getting done. 
The left rocker, cab corner and door jam are ready to prime. 
The right rocker, cab corner, and door jam is ready to prime. 
Some rust in the right door hinge face that will be cut out and rebuilt. 
The cab will be blown off and wiped down with cleaner and then sprayed with epoxy. 
The back of the cab is ready to prime. 
The front of the cab is ready to prime. 
The roof, windshield posts, cowl and firewall are ready to prime. 
Rust repair on the right door shell hinge face. 

The rust has been cut out of the right inner dorr shell and is getting rebuilt.

 
The entire cab has been sprayed with epoxy. 
I am going to let this epoxy dry for 2 hours then I will spray the entire outside of the cab with primer. Its going to be a late night. 
The entire outside of the cab has been sprayed with epoxy. 
The left rocker , cab corner and door jam are in primer. 
This lower section of the right door was all beat up and had a bunch of holes drilled in it. We just cut it out and welded a new piece in. It has been blasted and covered with panel adhesive. 
Panel adhesive over welded areas on the right door. 
Panel adhesive over the rust repair on the right door hinge face. 
 All the rust was repaired and the extra holes welded up in the right door. The welds were sandblasted and now panel adhesive has been put over all welded areas. 
The roof has been primed along with the back of the cab. 
The cab was sprayed with 3 coats of urethane primer. Its been a long day. I really wanted to prime this cab today. It took till 11:30 tonight but its in primer.  
I let the epoxy dry for 2 hours and now I have primed the cab. 
The right rocker, cab corner, and door jam have been primed. 
All the panel adhesive has been sanded down on the right door and those areas were sprayed with epoxy. 
All the epoxy inside the cab has been sanded. Now the inside of the cab will be bodywroked. 
The used left door mirror holes were farther forward than the original right door. There was some surface rust too so rather than weld the holes up and warp the door we are cutting the bad metal out and replacing it. 
Bodyworking inside of cab. 
There was alot of pinhole rust in the bottom of the used left door. I got a lower section inner and outer from LMC to take care of it.  
Bodyworking the left kick panel. 
Bodyworking the inside of the cab. 
Bodyworking the top of the dash on the right side. 
Bodyworking the top of the dash on the left side. 
Bodyworking the right kick panel. 
Bodyworking the dash bottom. 
Josh is bodyworking the right door. 
Epoxy on the inside of the cab, dash, kick panels after bodyworking. 
Josh is spot blasting the inner lf door structure  and he will epoxy thast before welding the new piece on. 
The inside of the cab has been sprayed with epoxy after it was bodyworked. 
The bodywork is done on the inside of the cab. It has been wiped down with cleaner and sprayed with epoxy. 
The right door was bolted on the cab and aligned to do the final bodywork. 
The bodywork is done on the right door and it has been taken off the cab, wiped down with cleaner and sprayed with epoxy. 
The new lower inner section has been fit on the left door. The door has been fit on the cab in order to get these pieces in the right place. 
The cowl vent panel has been sanded down and primed. 
The inside of the cab has been primed. 
After the epoxy dried the entire inside of the cab was sprayed with urethane primer. 
The right door has been primed. 
Panel adhesive over the sandblasted welds on the outside of the left door. 
The left door has been welded up. the welds have been ground down and are getting sandblasted. 
Josh is blocking the primer inside the cab. 
Blocking primer on the dash. 
Josh is our new guy. He is fresh out of Wyo Tech. He is blocking the primer inside the cab. 
Panel adhesive has been put over the sandblasted welds on the left door inner. 
Blocking the primer on the dash. 
Epoxy has been sprayed over the welded areas inside the left door. 
Epoxy has been sprayed over the bare metal sand through spots inside the cab. 
Epoxy has been sprayed over the welded areas on the outside of the left door. When this dries the door can be bodyworked. 
The bodywork is done on the inside of the right door and it is ready to epoxy and prime. 
The inside of the cab has been reprimed. The inside is ready to sand for paint. That will not happen until the outside is ready though. 
The left door is getting bodyworked. 
The inside of the right door has been primed. 
The right door has been fit back on the cab. The primer on the cab and door will be blocked at the same time. 
Blocking out the primer on the back of the cab. 
Blocking out the primer on the back of the cab. 
Josh is blocking out the primer on the roof. 
The left door has been put back on the cab to finish out the bodywork. 
Josh is blocking the primer on the cab. 
Epoxy on the bare metal sand through areas on the back of the cab. 
Epoxy has been sprayed on the sand through areas on the right door inside and out. 
The inside of the left door is gatting bodyworked.  
The bodywork is done on the left door inside and out. The seam on the left door has been seamsealed all the way around. 
The inside of the left door getting bodyworked and seamsealer has been put in the seam around the door. We are using 3M 8308 seamsealer. 
The primer on the right door has been blocked inside and out. The right cab corner has been blocked also. 
The seams on both doors have been masked off and are getting seamsealed inside. 
Epoxy has been sprayed on the bare metal and filler spots on the front of the cab from where it was sanded through while blocking the primer. 
The primer on the inside of the right door has been blocked and the inside of the right door has been reprimed. 
The inside of the left door has been bodyworked and primed. 
Both doors have been primed. This is the first priming for the left door. The right door has been blocked and reprimed. 
The cab has been reprimed. 
The cab has been reprimed. 
The cowl sides were reshaped a bit and blocked to better fit the doors. they have been sprayed with epoxy. 
The left door has been  bodyworked and sprayed with epoxy inside and out. 
The back of the cab and both cab sides and above the back glass has been blocked again. Epoxy has been sprayed over the bare metal spots. 
The left door has been blocked and epoxy has been sprayed on the bare filler and bare metal spots. 
The original ashtray insert slides were bad. The replacement one has been blasted and primed. 
The glove box hinge has been blasted. 
The right door was blocked and reprimed and it is now ready for the paintshop. 
The left door has been reprimed. 
The back of the cab has been reprimed. The cab is ready for the paint shop. The inside and firewall can be painted and it can go back on the frame.  
The outside of the glovebox has been stripped. We have done nothing to the inside. We got to check with Aaron on that. If we paint the inside we will lose the VIN decal. 
The cowl sides have been reprimed. 
The glove box has been primed. 
The side vents in the cab have been masked. 3M bodyshutz will be sprayed in here. 
The glovebox has been masked and epoxy sprayed on it. 
The sides of the cowl panel have been blocked and spot epoxied again. 
Josh has scuffed the bottom of the cab and is masking it up to spray bodyshutz on it. 
The left door has been blocked again and epoxy sprayed over the sandthrough areas. 
The cab rear panel behind the gas tank has been sanded and masked. 3M bodyshutz will be sprayed back here and inside the cab corners. 
The glove box hinge has been primed. 
3M bodyshutz has been sprayed on the bottom of the cab. 
Spraying the bodyshutz on the bottom of the cab. 
The glovebox has been reprimed and is ready to sand for paint. 
The primer on the glove box has been blocked down. It is ready to reprime. 
The left door has been reprimed and now the entire cab, both doors and cowl panel are ready for the paint shop. 
The cab floor, inside firewall and kick panels have been sanded to paint. 
The cowl panel sides have been primed and this piece is ready for the paint shop. 
Bodyshutz has been sprayed on tha inside back panel of the cab. 
The steering column has been stripped and is ready for epoxy. 
The misc small column pieces, wiper arms and small dash stuff has all been either stripped or sandblasted and is ready to epoxy. 
The steering wheel collar has been stripped. 
The wiper arm assembly is ready to epoxy. 
The steering column brackets have been blasted. 
The ashtray has been sandblasted and a rust hole shoed up that has to be fixed. 
The cab has been masked to spray the floor and inside of the firewall. 
I will do the floor, kick panels, and inside firewall first. Then the cab will be flipped on its nose to do the inside roof, cab back inside and dash.  
The shifter bolt has been cleaned up and is ready to epoxy. 
The floor has been painted. 
The ash tray and steering column collar have been stripped and epoxied. 
Josh is welding on the fenders. 
The seat brackets have been blasted and sprayed with epoxy. 
We took pictures of the tag in the glovebox before stripping the inside. The seat brackets have been sandblasted. 
Epoxy has been sprayed on the inside of the glovebox. When this dries it will be primed. 
The small rust in the bottom rear of the right fender has been repaired and sprayed with epoxy. 
Cutting the rust out of the fenders.  
Some pinhole rust in the fenders will have to be repaired. 
There is some rust in the fenders that will have to be cut out and repaired. 
The steering column brackets have been epoxied. 
As long as we have this on record we can strip the inside of the glovebox and paint it. We will have to get a replacement tag. 
We need records of this glovebox tag so we can get a replacement. 
3m panel adhesive was used to repair the hole in the bottom of the ash tray. 
The steering column has been epoxied. 
Epoxy on the small steering column pieces, wiper arms , small dash stuff. 
The inside floors, kick panels and firewall have been painted. 
Josh is wiping on a powder guide coat on the inside of the cab before he starts wetsanding it. 
The column pieces have been blocked and are getting reprimed. 
The inside of the glovebox has been primed. 
The steering column has been blocked and is ready to reprime. 
Josh is blocking the primer on the steering column. 
Misc. steering column pieces have been blocked and are getting reprimed. 
The bolts that hold the brackets to the column have been sandblasted and primed. 
The steering clomn pieces have been reprimed and are ready to go to the paintshop. 
The column pieces have been blocked, reprimed and are ready to go to the paint shop. 
Welding on the fenders. 
The firewall cover plate has been blasted and is getting primed. 
Josh is wetsanding the inside of tha cab with 400 grit. 
Josh is wetsanding the dash. 

Josh has got the inside of tha cab sanded. Now he is washing all the sanding residue out and will dry it off.

 
The cab has been masked and the inside is ready to spray. 
The inside roof, back cab panel, cab sides, inner windshield posts and dash will be sprayed next.  
After wiping down with cleaner I sprayed 222 adhesion promoter on the inside and then painted it. 
The steering column and column pieces along with the glove box, ash tray, wiper arms, and some other small pieces are ready to paint. 
I sprayed it with 4 coats of blue base and then 2 coats of chromapremier clear. 
Yea I am polishing the inside roof.  
I am using my mini buffer to polish the dash. 
Those small dash, steering column and firewall pieces have been painted. 
The inside has been painted and polished. The camera makes the color look pale but in person its a darker blue than it appears here. 
The roof inside has been polished. I might try turning the flash off on the camera for the next pictures. that might show the blue as it really looks. 
Wetsanding the firewall and cowl for paint. 
I have masked off the cowl holes and will paint down inside of there before doing the rest of the cowl and firewall. Its too hard to paint down here while doing the rest to. 
I have sprayed down inside the cowl holes. 
The cowl and firewall have been masked off to paint. 
We are real close to setting the cab back on the frame and then Aaron gets to make it a running driving truck for us. 
The cowl and firewall have been painted. 
The cab is on the frame. This truck is now ready to go get an engine, tranny, wiring, etc. Once it is a running driving truck again we can finish it up. 
There are some rust holes in the fender. 
The rust has been cut out of the fender and a patch has been made. 
The fender patch has been welded in and ground down. 
Since the truck needs an engine and Aaron does not have it yet he is taking the truck home for a while. Projects like this are often an on and off again thing. This bed will not be reused. We are looking for a good solid bed with a strait floor but have not found one. 
There were some broken spot welds on the inside of the fender that were welded up.  
The rust has been cut out and new metal welded in the fender. The welds were blasted and panel adhesive put over the welded areas. 
The right fender has been welded up and the welds blasted and panel adhesive put over the welds. 
The right fender has been bodyworked and sprayed with epoxy. It will be primed as soon as this dries. 
The panel adhesive was sanded down on both fenders. They were then sprayed with epoxy and now the epoxy has been sanded and they are getting bodyworked. 
The left fender has been bodyworked and sprayed with epoxy. When this dries it will be primed. 
The fenders have been primed and the primed has been blocked. They are ready to reprime now. 
Epoxy is getting sprayed over the bare metal and sand through spots. 
The fenders have been reprimed. 
This goes to show you that there are still good solid rust free parts out there. You just got to put the time and effort into finding them. Aaron went to Oklahoma for this bed. 
Aaron found a really nice bed for the truck.  
We will need to take this all apart and get started on it now. 
The left bedside has been slid up againt something in the past so we got to get this bodtline pushed back out. 
This is the bodyline on the right side of the bed. We got to get the left one out like this one is. 
The wheelopening on the left side is pushed in a bit too. These nails and clamps will be used to pull it back out. 
The right rear stake pucket needs repaired. 
Pulling out the bodylines on the left bedside. 
The right rear stake pocket has been rebuilt. 
The bed has been taken apart. 
sandblasting the bed wheeltubs, splash guards, lower braces and bed flor. 
The wheeltubs and splash guards and lower braces have been blasted. 
The wheeltubs, splash guards and lower braces have been sprayed with epoxy. 
The bottom of the bed floor has been sandblasted. 
The top of the bed floor has been blasted. 
The top of the bed floor has been sprayed with epoxy. 
The inside of the bedsides are getting blasted. 
The front bed panel has been blasted. 
The left inner bedside has been blasted. 
The right outer bedside has been stripped. 
The right inner bedside has been blasted. 
Stripping the outer bedsides. 
The bottom of the bed floor has been sprayed with epoxy. 
The left inner bedside has been sprayed with epoxy. 
The right outer bedside has been sprayed with epoxy. 
The right inner bedside has been sprayed with epoxy. 
The left outer bedside has been stripped. 
The left outer bedside has been sprayed with epoxy. 
The inside of both bedsides are getting sanded to be bodyworked. 
Bodyworking the inner bedsides. 
Bodywork on one inner bedside is ready to prime. 
The bodywork on the other inner bedside is ready to prime. 
Epoxy has been sprayed on the inner bedside bodywork. 
The bodywork on the other inner bedside has been epoxied. 
Both inner bedsides have been blocked and are ready to reprime. 
The front bed panel is ready to epoxy and prime. 
The right bedside has been sanded and is ready to start bodyworking. 
The left bedside has been sanded and is ready to start bodyworking. 
The front bed panel has been primed. 
The primer on the inner bedsides is getting blocked. 
Bodyworking the front bed panel. 
Priming both inner bedsides. 
Starting to bodywork the  bedsides. They are good bedsides. A skim coat of filler to take care of the waves is all this one needs. The other one will need a little more work. Thats the one we had to pull on. 
The front bed panel has been blocked. 
The front bed panel has been reprimed. 
A thin coat of filler has been spread over the other bedside and it is getting bodyworked now. 
The wheeltubs for the bed have been bodyworked. 
The wheeltubs have been epoxied and primed. 
The left bedside has been bodyworked. 
The left bedside will be sprayed with epoxy and then primed. 
The right bedside has been bodyworked. 
Epoxy and then primer will be sprayed on the right bedside. 
Spraying the epoxy on the bedsides. 
The wheeltubs have been blocked and are ready to reprime. 
Epoxy has been sprayed over the sandthrough areas on the wheeltubs and they are ready for repriming. 
The tubs have been blocked again and are geting reprimed. 
Both bedsides have been sprayed with epoxy. This will sit for an hour and then they can be primed. 
The left bedside is in primer. 
The right bedside is in primer. 
The primer on the right bedside has been blocked. Epoxy will be sprayed over the sandthrough areas and then the bedsides will be reprimed. 
The primer on the left bedside has been blocked. 
Repriming the bedsides. 
The right bedside has been reprimed. 
The left bedside has been reprimed. 
The right bedside has been blocked again and is ready for final priming. 
The left bedside has been blocked again and is ready to reprime. The bedsides will be ready for paint after they are primed this time. 
We are hammering out the dents in the bed floor. 
We are starting to bodywork the bed floor. 
Bodyworking the bed floor. 

Bodyworking the bed floor. Each rib has to be done. The top, bottom and both sides of each one.

 
I started at the rear of the floor and I keep working my way toward the front.  
I have made it to the front of the bed floor. I can rough it in with the air file but for the most part this all ahs to be done by hand. 
Its on the downhill slide now. Once its all bodyworked I can epoxy and prime it. 
I got it all done except the front left corner. It wont be long now. I will prime and block it a couple times and then it will be ready. 
The bodywork is finished on the bed floor. Its ready for primer. 
I am really glad Aaron decided to do this. Most people would not. This is really going to set this truck apart from the others. 
Its ready for primer. 
The floor has been wiped down with cleaner and is getting sprayed with eopxy. 
The epoxy has been sprayed on the bed floor. When this flashes for 1 hour it can be primed. 
The bed floor has been primed and sprayed with a guide coat.  
Blocking the primer on the bed floor. 
The primer on the bed floor has been blocked and its ready to epoxy and reprime. 
The bed floor has been reprimed. 
The primer on the bed floor has been reblocked and it is ready to epoxy and reprime. 
The bed floor has been reprimed and is ready for the paint shop. 
All the bolts for the bed were bead blasted and have been put in cardboard so they can be sprayed with epoxy. 
The entire bed floor has been blocked with 320 grit. It will be impossible to block it once assembled so It got done now. This will greatly speed up the wetsanding . Plus any overspray will stick now. 
The inside of the right bedside has been blocked with 320 grit. Before they are jammed in some epoxy will be sprayed on any sandthrough areas. 
The inside of the front bed panel has been blocked with 320 grit. The outside was just sanded on the edges for now. 
Both bed wheeltubs have been blocked with 320 grit. 
The tailgate hinges and straps were bead blasted and are now ready for epoxy. 
The left inner bedside has been blocked with 320 grit. Once assembled blocking in all the corners would be a nightmare. Its way faster to do it now. It will wetsand up faster this way too. 
All the nuts and washers for the bed were bead blasted and are ready for epoxy. 
The bed floor has been jammed in. Once this dries all the blue will be scuffed good with a scotchbrite because once assembled those edges and corners will be hard to sand. 
Both bedsides have been jammed in. Once the paint is dry all the blue will be scuffed before assembly. 
The wheeltubs and front bed panel have been jammed in. Once the paint is dry it will be scuffed before the bed is assembled. 
Masking the rear bed posts for seamsealer. 
Seamsealer on the rear bed posts. Once the sealer dries it will be primed. 
The tailgate fits and latches. Its ready to come off and be bodyworked. 
The bed assembled. 
The bed fit together great.  
The bed has been assembled. 
I has to run a tap through several of the threads on the bed during assembly. 
The tailgate was taken off the bed and then taken apart. The whole thing was sanded with 80 grit and now the inside is getting bodyworked. 
The bed has been lifted up and masked off so bodyshutz can be sprayed on the bottom. 
Bodyshutz on the bottom of the bed. 
3M Bodyshutz has been sprayed on the bottom of the bed. 
The inside of the tailgate has been bodyworked. 
Starting the bodywork on the outside of the tailgate. 
The inside of the tailgate had been bodyworked. 
The outside of the tailgate has been bodyworked. 
The outside of the tailgate has been bodyworked. 
The tailgate, latches and handle have been epoxied and primed. 
The outside of the tailgate has been blocked. 
The primer on the inside of the tailgate has been blocked. 
The tailgate is ready to reprime. 
The tailgate has been hung back up and wiped down with cleaner. Its ready to epoxy and reprime. 
The tailgate has been reprimed. 
The tailgate has been reprimed. 


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