Join Date: May 2009
Location: Fort Collins, CO
new to me sliders - prep help
So I recently acquired some used sliders and while they're not in bad shape at all I'd still like to clean them up and repaint. Without going into the whole history and the debate of powder vs paint, let's just say I got quotes and it'd be about $200-250 for powder and I'm way more leaning toward paint.
But there's prep of stripping. I thought I'd blast them. Had quotes on that while I was there and both places were $100ish for the pair. Having more time than money right now and being a cheap bastard when I can, I thought I might do it myself since a gun isn't all that expensive. But after looking a the compressor I have available, it may not be up to it.
So a couple of questions: Is $100 pretty reasonable for blasting a pair of sliders (bolt-on bracket and top plate, so there's a bit more steel there than bare bones tubes)? Do any of you guys up north here do your own blasting or have facilities (be it full blown booth or just a 'set-up') I might use for beer or something? Or do you have a place you would recommend if I were to take them somewhere? Or should I just use a wire wheel/brush or something else rather than blasting?
Any recommendations on primer or paint brand/type? In my reading so far all I've got is a basic "zinc self-etching" for the primer, possibly POR-15, and that Rustoleum isn't that great. Keep in mind I don't wheel much or hard compared to most of the active members. I anticipate more paint damage from general road use (rock chipping) than actually putting it against a rock. I mean more frequent - I know that when I do really use it all bets are off.
I'm not a total idiot, but I haven't ever really done something this scale before, at least since I was a little kid helping my dad rebuild a jeep. A computer case is the biggest thing I remember painting since high-school. Just looking for any tips/advice help for a noob with no local access to tools and workspace. Failing anything else another option I've got is wait until I go back to visit the parents for Xmas and use the facilities Dad has access to there.
'07 Tacoma Sport AC V6 Auto 4x4, Black
Still pretty much stock.