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Dawn dish soap or degrease product
2 cans Rust-Oleum truck bed coating
3 cans Rust-Oleum Primer 2 in 1 FIller & Sandable
4 cans Rust-Oleum Univeral All-Surface Flat Black
150 Grit Sand Paper
400 Grit Wet sand paper
600 Grit Wet sand paper
scotch bright pads
(heavy duty, finishing pad, red scotch bright sponge)
Step 1: Wash the fiberglass down to remove wax from the mold using Dawn dish soap or degrease product.
I chose to coat the underside of the fiber glass side skirts and front splitter with truck bed coating. This gave the fiberglass a finished look and possibly increased the strength.
Fiber Glass unfinished back side
Fiber GLass Finished with Truck Bed Coating
Step 3: Scuff the Gel Coat with 150 grit sand paper
You may choose to bypass adding primer and simply scuff the gelcoat and proceed with painting.
Step 4: Add Primer
Step 5: Sanding
Use Scotch Bright pads to remove loose primer from pieces.
Use scotch bright sponge to assist with wet sanding
Wet area to be worked and gently sand using 400 then 600 grit wet/dry sand paper
Step 6: Paint
Use Tack cloth to remove any particles from your surface before painting. You may find a static charge is present from sanding with the scotch bright pads. I used a dryer sheet to remove the static build up before painting.
Picture of painted side skirts next to gel coated front splitter
The pieces came with self tapping screws.
You will need to remove a screw at the rear and at the front of the underside of the vette.
I found that the screws are too short to go through the new material and keep the existing body panels in place.
The side skirts have indents showing where to drill the screws into the side of the lower body panel.
I chose not to drill into the side of the body panel and instead use 3M double sided tape along with drilling into the underside of the body/frame with self tapping screws.
Installed mini Spoiler
Install pics of the front splitter in the near future.