plastidip rocker panel?

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which option is better?

none, leave it stock
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just do the little bit of body
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do the rocker panels!
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plastidip rocker panel?

Postby doctahjones » Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:30 pm

so i'm thinking about doing a little bit of the rocker panel.

i know -for sure- that i want to do that little bit of body that is usually hidden by the running boards (middle pic). however i'm contemplating doing all the way up the rocker panel with the black plastidip (bottom pic)

what do ya'll think? (i did a quick "rendering" job in photoshop...)



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Postby doctahjones » Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:37 pm

whoops, mods i probably should have put this in the body and exterior section....so if you'd move it there that'd be grreeeaaaattttt....

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Postby volvite » Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:47 pm

I'd say do your last picture. That's high enough to protect your paint, any higher and I think it would too much.

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Postby doctahjones » Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:54 pm

oh, definitely nothing higher than the bottom of the door for sure. and really when you're standing it doesn't seem like much. if you squat down (like the angle i took the pic at) then you see alot more of it.

and thanks for moving the post :)

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Postby volvite » Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:56 pm

No prob. I say do it and if you dont like it you can take it off.

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Postby 05pathyse » Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:18 pm

I sprayed mine with bedliner before i installed the sliders
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Postby doctahjones » Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:19 pm

05pathyse wrote:I sprayed mine with bedliner before i installed the sliders
very nice!

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Postby volvite » Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:20 pm

That looks good. All the more reasons to go ahead and do it.

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Postby NVSteve » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:13 am

3rd picture for sure, although I would also use bedliner. That area, at least on mine, gets a ton of crap hitting the paint. I can't imagine that plastidip would last very long in that particular spot.

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Postby RacerZX » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:09 am

I admit I have been thinking of having bed-liner professionally done for the rockers, fender flares, and front and rear bumpers... :D

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Postby 05pathyse » Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:02 am

NVSteve wrote:3rd picture for sure, although I would also use bedliner. That area, at least on mine, gets a ton of crap hitting the paint. I can't imagine that plastidip would last very long in that particular spot.
thats why i used bedliner i lighlty sanded the rocker and sprayed it with a antirust primer and 5 coats of bedliner. Did it before last winter and it still looks great going to hit it with another coat before snowfall

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Postby 05pathyse » Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:10 am

NVSteve wrote:3rd picture for sure, although I would also use bedliner. That area, at least on mine, gets a ton of crap hitting the paint. I can't imagine that plastidip would last very long in that particular spot.
thats why i used beliner i lighlty sanded the rocker and sprayed it with a antirust primer and 5 coats of bedliner. Did it before last winter and it still looks great going to hit it with another coat before snowfall

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Postby doctahjones » Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:27 pm

well i did the whole rocker panels tonight. will have to put up some pics tomorrow since it was too dark tonight

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Postby cgray » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:38 am

You should also do the chrome strip on the doors and V8 logo.

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Postby doctahjones » Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:27 am

don't think i'll be doing the v8 or chrome on the sides, i do actually like those there.

i think i did about 6 or 7 coats on each side. took about 2.5 hours, with about 1hr of that being total waiting time between coats. took about 20 min per side to tape, but i sprayed one side while i was taping the other.

here's the bad part. so since i did so many light coats there was alot of time for the coats to dry. since it tried you can't just peel off the masking tape. you have to score the line with a razor first so you don't pull up the plastidip. it's not a big deal where the top of the rocker panel meets the body because 1. there's a crease there already, 2. it's hidden by the doors anyway. however, where the line comes out and is on the front quarter panel.....welllllll, that's pretty hairy. i very very lightly scored it about 3-4 times on that quarter panel. i figure if i end up taking this stuff off and go back to stock it -should- buff out. or so i hope :)



anyway looks like my 'mock up' wasn't far off at all. here's how it actually came out

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1st coat:
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2nd coat:
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