2000 Chevy S10 Custom Paint Job - Prescriptive Painting

A Cure For The Cosmetically Challenged

John Mata Jr.
May 1, 2009
Photographers: John Mata Jr., Matt Means, Tom Prewitt
Photo 2/27   |   2000 Chevy S10 Custom Paint Job right Rear Angle
The '00 Chevy S-10 you see below doesn't look too bad at first glance, but upon close inspection, one would notice that the ill-fitting roll pan wasn't correctly color-matched to the dime's Summit White factory paint. Not only that, but the Checkmate fiberglass tonneau cover, which is an attractive piece, was left unpainted for way too long and the white finish was starting to show signs of fading. The scratched and dimpled tailgate still sports its factory paint but it has taken some serious abuse over the years. For those of you keeping count, that is a total of three different shades of white at the rear end - sadly, that doesn't qualify as a legitimate three-tone paint scheme. To clean up the rear end, we decided to throw a few parts into the scrap bin and start over from scratch. Never has a prescription alleviated pain so quickly.
With the S-10's bed stuffed with a new roll pan and tailgate handle relocator from Sir Michael's, tonneau accessories from Checkmate, and Anzo USA LED tail and third brake lights, it was left in the hands of Tom Prewitt and Matt Means, co-owners and resident automotive physicians at Department of Customz in Anaheim, California. The truck underwent a series or cosmetic upgrades that consisted of welding, prepping, sanding and, of course, painting. Watch as the fellas at Department of Customz work their healing magic on the Chevy's discolored, rough skin. Pay close attention everybody-show season is right around the corner!
Photo 27/27   |   2000 Chevy S10 Custom Paint Job rear End
From the Driver Seat
Once the sanding dust settled and the paint fumes dissipated, the S-10's rear end had a smoother, sleeker appearance and best of all, it was all one uniform color! The Sir Michael's roll pan looks right at home underneath the freshly smoothed out tailgate and the deletion of unnecessary breaks in the body lines cleans up the rear nicely. With the tailgate handle now shaved off from the exterior skin, the S-10 has increased in both style and street credibility. As far as the Checkmate tonneau cover, Tom and Matt did a great job covering up the wavy fiberglass texture of the Checkmate cover, which gives the daily driven truck a higher degree of custom appeal. The quick-release hinges make temporarily removing the cover into a rather simple process-no worries about struggling to pry it out of place, which could cause damage to the fresh paint.
Your Questions Answered
Time spent working: 45 hours
Mechanical difficulty: Advanced
Tools used:
House of Kolor paint products, DeVilbiss spray gun accessories, Hutchins DA sander, sanding block, Wet Wedge short block wet sander, sandpaper (various grits) TIG and MIG welders, grind wheel, SEM Carbo-Fill, SEM Guide Coat, and System One polishing compound.
Parts Used:
Sir Michael's roll pan: $214.59
Sir Michael's tailgate handle locator kit: $53.50
Anzo USA LED taillights: $206.63
Anzo USA LED third brake light: $74.56
Checkmate quick-release hinge set: $25.00
Checkmate dual exterior lock kit: $30.00
Total: $604.28 (plus tax and labor)
Price of paint not included. Prices of products taken from gcustoms.com, sirmichaels.com, and checkerpro.com

Sources

House Of Kolor
Garland, TX
800-845-2500
http://www.houseofkolor.com
ANZO USA
Chino, CA 91710
888-360-3696
www.anzousa.com
Department of Customz
Anaheim, CA 92802
714-284-0004
www.departmentofcustomz.com
Coast Airbrush
Anaheim, CA
714-635-5557
CoastAirbrush.com
Sir Michael's Corporation
www.sirmichaels.com
Checkmate Truck Bed Covers
www.checkerpro.com

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