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Bedlined and Painted my bed extender. NOT MAD ABOUT IT!

Discussion in '2001-2005 Explorer Sport Trac' started by Pjibs, May 1, 2013.

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  1. Pjibs

    Pjibs Active Member

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    Craigslist buy for $60. Use to be aluminum finish. Couple of rattle cans later... not anymore!

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    Rack City,
    J.B.
     
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  3. MidnightRebel07

    MidnightRebel07 Elite Explorer

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    Looks like it should've from the fatory. What bedliner did you use?
     
  4. OffTrac

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    Great idea. I was just thinking today that the squeaking of my tire against the bed extender is a bit annoying with the rear window down. This may just be the solution...and it looks awesome.
     
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    That's cool I was putting the idea in my head
     
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    Sweet looking! Did you disassembled the extender and painted them separately? or taped it?
     
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    Dang thanks now I have something to do this week to the truck as I already have the paint.
     
  8. 429CJ-3X2

    429CJ-3X2 Elite Explorer

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    When I read the title of the post I thought I wouldn't like it, but it looks good!
     
  9. BigGreenV10

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    I have already taken mine out of the truck and its apart the tubes are being painted now. I love cheep mods that are easy good idea.
     
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    this looks sick! when i repaint all my interior and my front bumper imma have to do this too! Interested in where you got the matching paint for the plastic cross-members!
     
  11. Pjibs

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    Hey Guys!
    Thanks for the compliments. Alright here is what I did...

    -Disassembled the entire thing
    -Simple Greened all parts
    -For the tubes I then used acetone and clean towels and wiped them down. I wasn't sure if I should sand them or not because the finish was still on the tubes. I did not sand them
    -For the tubes I laid down a flat black primer (Dupli-color)
    -For the tubes I then laid down a few coats of Dupli-color bed armor. BOOM!

    As for the red spacers I treated them just like the bumper caddling. Wash, Sand, Adhesion Promoter, Primer (for me, red), Main Color (found at Advance Auto Parts - Dupli-color Perfect Match Ford), Clear Top Coat

    I did not tape where the spacers went, I just squeezed them on because they broke in half down the middle. As for where the pivot spacer is I do wish I taped it because it did not break apart like the middle ones. So I had to mash them into the holes and some of the bed liner slipped, not a lot, but some.

    I do want to add a small break light on the tubes or the spacers and run the wires through the spacers. I also want to add a foam pipe insulator over the top tube just in case some has to rest on it that I dont want to be scratched!

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    Thank you for the quick write-up, Pjibs! Another little project for me this summer.
     
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    Got some foam pipe insulation. Protecting the top bar that much more and whatever happens to be laying on it... like a canoe :thumbsup:

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    All that's left is a brake light maybe or a reflector or two
     
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    They make that insulation in a black rubber for a couple dollars more. Not saying what you have looks bad, just that the black may match the other bars closer. Awesome project. I see this one becoming quite popular.
     
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    Looks great! Only thing I would of done different is scuffed up the aluminum. Paint does not like to stick to it well. Coarse(red) scotch brite would work perfect. You can get a 3 pack at any auto parts store for about $5
     
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    Mines done will get pics on as soon as my trucks comes back from my daughter borrowing it.
     
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    That's not a bad idea with the brake light in the extender plug right into the trailer plug :)
     
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    Here's my painted bed extender

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    Right on! Looks awesome!!!
     
  20. 429CJ-3X2

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    Pjibs, you really started something! Too bad you can't get royalties from everyone who does this. This might be a way to identify forum members.
     
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    That looks great!
     

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