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Hey guys, ive decided I want to pretty much truck up a little before I start working under the hood, I think it deserves it.

the cab on my truck is amazing for the year and mileage and locaiton, zero rust ect, I will be getting new front fenders and I could use a new bed, ill find one better locally and fix it up.


my question is paint, It doesnt need to be perfect so im willing to set up my own spray booth with tarps in my shop and do it myself paint and body work, but I need to know were to get paint and primer at reasonable price.

I want to do factory color and im having trouble finding it, would I be better off changing the color? right now its Dark Tourmaline Metallic green and I like the color, but I dont want to put new fenders or a bed on now If I dont even know if I can get the paint, the dents and scratches with a bit of rust is better then a 4 tone truck lol.

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Look up online the nearest body shop supply or paint supply. I just replaced both my front fenders last week and used a single stage paint because it is easier, faster and way cheaper. I also had the paint place match the color to one of the filler doors to get it as close as possible as I wasn't painting the entire truck or blending in the hood and doors. Basically they took the paint code and customized the color to match or fade it to the exsisting paint. I bought enough paint and primer to completely paint the inside and outside of both fenders and have about $150 into it. Aftermarket fenders $70 each. Make sure they are certified so they fit well.
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A link to your 70$ fenders would be awesome, I guess ill call the local bodyshop tomorrow to see if they can help me.




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For the fenders spend alittle more money and get good one and not the economy ones

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I dont mind spending a little more, but the only place im even really able to find fenders is ebay, and I doubt there very good.

LMC has them for 110, but if i can get decent ones for 70, and save 80 bucks then ill do that, links to personal favorites welcome.

stopped into the local body shop, paint guy wasn't there ill try again.




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Google "rustoleum paint job" or "50 dollar paint job". I'm slowly tackling mine this way. Results are pretty darn good.

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as for the $70 fenders, I found them at a body shop in Berrien Springs, Mi. Don't know the name sorry. When I buy something for my vehicles I really shop around, this was the best price and they fit surprisingly well. Had all the jack, lug wrench mounts and computer and other bracketry holes all there. Body lines match up as well. I just need to wash and wax the adjacent body panels and it will be nearly impossible to tell they have been replaced.
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