My Old Truck Has Turned Grey

Last Update: November 23, 2021

Hello WA Friends,

Thought I'd write a little about my old truck, I could drive a newer one but I like this truck.

Both the truck and I have been through a lot together, from putting way too much weight in the bed to destroying the transmission trying to back over a curb with a 4 story lift in tow.

I know it's only a half-ton pickup, but it gets things done when needed and it runs excellent.

Since replacing the transmission ($1200), there have been no other issues other than basic maintenance. However, it does need new tires, which will be happening very soon too.

There's a little cancer hole ^^^ that will be addressed prior to any paint going on the old truck.

The one thing that has happened over the years is the typical paint peeling from the primer. Chevys have been notorious for this happening to many models and this one got it bad.

So bad, that I felt it's time for an upgrade, so I've been doing some work here and there on it. Several days ago I dug out some old leftover material I have from a contract I did in the past.

I found what I was looking for which was some high-grade airplane stripper I used on some old garage doors. I later sprayed those garage doors with enamel and they looked like brand new.

Notice the hood in the picture, after this, it was scraped and spray bombed with a can of paint.

Anyway, I used the stuff on my old truck (old thirsty) and it took off the bulk of what was left of the paint that was peeling. After I applied the stuff I went back indoors and cleaned everything.

About 30 minutes went by and I go back out to check the truck and the paint was bubbling up.

The following morning as I brewed my coffee I look out the window and I was totally shocked. Ninety percent of the paint was on the ground with very little left to scrape off old thirsty.

I'm glad it wasn't windy, I raked it all into the trash, I was just happy that I didn't have to scrape! The hood and roof will get more stripper before it's also sanded and primed for a new paint job.

The trim will be flat black and the rims will be done in gloss black with chrome beauty rings.

The window trim rubber is getting replaced (eBay) as is the new window tint for the truck's cab.

Old thirsty is a 91 and is 30 years old, it could use a few upgrades with the 180,000 miles on it. However, that V8 runs smooth as ever and has been maintained well since before I owned it.

Soon, I break out my sprayer and get to work taping off the truck to start priming the body.

It should look drivable again with a new white coat of paint

Until that time I drive my van or my little Mazda gas saver.

I'll do an update post sometime later after the work is complete.

I'll keep on learning here in Wealthy Affiliate as well.

Hope everyone is doing well.


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emarla Premium
Looking forward to the makeover reveal!

Zoopie Premium
You will have to repost a picture of old thirsty after the new “ make up” is applied.
ElodieF4321 Premium
Hi welcome you know I'm from the Caribbean and we have a lot of sayings. I would hear my mother say new broom sweep clean but old broom know all the corners, that is when we have something old we rarely want to get rid of it to bur something new.

I guess you're used to your old truck so if you can make it new again have it going then go for it.

ValerieJoy Premium Plus
Such great perseverance you have, John.
I wish you all the best with the new coat of paint!

webcash2us Premium Plus
Thanks, Valerie.
I plan to work on it over the next few weeks.
We will see how it goes, but I have the paint.
Hoping it comes out nice.

ValerieJoy Premium Plus
I'm sure it will be nice, John.
You will make a good job of it.
I look forward to seeing the results of your hard work :)

LMH1968 Premium Plus
Your truck when re painted will be shiny like a new pin :-)
webcash2us Premium Plus
Thanks, Lisa.
I'm getting excited to see it all painted, like new again.

Hopefully soon.