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Weekend project: Blackened!

05ST

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2005 Sport Trac XLT 4x4
So Last weekend I painted my bumpers and side cladding (as a lot of you have). Can not be happier with the result! Completely changes the look. I also found a set of oem running boards as mine did not have them when I bought it, cleaned 'em up and sprayed them as well. The tail lights I tinted a couple months ago with spray tint. All in all, VERY pleased!

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Looks good! I'm going to send this in a link to BXTF, also a NYer. He will love it as his Trac is black also.
 






Looks good! I'm going to send this in a link to BXTF, also a NYer. He will love it as his Trac is black also.

Thanks!

Do you know what part of NY he lives in?
 






Really like the painted bumpers and cladding. Never was fond of the stock grey look. Never looks like it's clean to me.

How and what did you paint it with?
 












Yep Tuckahoe.

Markek, if you type in "Wahoo, no more nasty grey bumpers and cladding", I did a write-up on how to do it as well as Lono100. Prep is the key to doing this project. I'll post up links when I get home later.
 












Painting the bumpers and removing the cladding was the best thing I ever did to my Trac.

If you're going to do it, I'd suggest to stay away from Plasti-Dip. It's appealing because it's so cheap, but it didn't hold up for me. I found that it stained pretty easy.
 






How and what did you paint it with?

I read various threads on this site and got ideas from the awesome members here! Rebel, yours was one of them...:thumbsup:

I did not want to mess with removing anything, so I taped it all off using blue painters tape and plastic drop cloths. Easy and worked great. Then I scrubbed and cleaned (very well) the areas to be painted with acetone. Did 4 thin coats all around with krylon fusion gloss black.
 






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