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Charlie Bruni’s Ford F-350 Truck Restoration Project

by | Oct 24, 2016 | Custom Paint, Latest Projects, Tech Tips

Ford Truck Restoration Project at Palm Beach Customs

This is a rarity these days in the shop – a truck restoration project on a “new” truck! But we could not say know to restoring Charlie Bruni’s F-350.

First off – what I love about working with people in my business you get to meet great people!

A few years ago when I was running my shop in Fort Myers, FL Charlie contacted me about getting his Ford truck cleaned up and installing a Reflex Spray-on Bedliner. The F350 was about 10 years old at the time so we did some touch up and sprayed a Bedliner as well as a few upgrades…

Now Fast forward 4 -5 years and Charlie and I had kept in touch and the truck was approaching 14 years old. 

Still loving his truck Charlie Decided it was time to start the  F-350 Truck Restoration Project.

(I actually thought it would be smart to put the paint formula in the post we keep a record in the clients folder for color match purpose however thinking when a reader sees a cool color on one of our complete projects now the color code will be there for reference)

See Charlie Bruni’s Ford F-350 Truck Restoration Project 

Keep in mind I set this blog up in reverse as you scroll and read its starting from the end to the beginning. 

Here is a video walk around just about on the last day when we had completed all buffing and assembly…

The original color on the 2003 ford F-350 is called Sonic Blue its really a sharp color with loads of liquid pearl in the mix

Little pricey – I believe it was $647 per gallon for the color –  we stripped the hood and roof and re-primed with high build Debeer Black urethane primer.


How much Paint do you think it takes to spray a full size truck ?

We are known for not cheating on the materials its the same as when you order a Sub (or grinder) for all us northern folks … hahah you want some meat between the bun!

OK here is the list we used on Charlie Bruni’s Ford F-350 Restoration Project

  • Debeer primer 3 quarts
  • Sonic blue Pearl  blue base coat 1.5 gallons
  • High Solids urethane Clear 2 gallons
  • Catalyst for the clear 3 quarts
  • reducer for base coat 1.5 gallons
  • reducer and catalyst for primer 2 quarts
  • 1 gallon of wax and grease remover
  • Total liquids 6.25 Gallons 

 

In this picture we use the 2 post lift to set the bed down on the frame using all new bed bolts and applying never-seize ( by permatex ) to all J nuts.

Ford used the J- nuts and realistically If you were from the upper 50 states the Insurance adjusters would always pay for a new set of bed bolts knowing that they were a one shot deal ( however if  the Factory had used never-seize ) that would not be the case.

This Video I show exactly how we prep Before wet sanding and Buffing the finish begins

On the F-350 Truck Restoration  Project

It only made sense to pull the front windshield and after paint my Friends from Accurate Auto Glass Installed  a fresh New windshield, not only does this give 100% visibility its important to remove before paint as well as the window belt moldings  and door handles for the doors.

 

Quick video showing exactly what materials we use for our ultra fine & buffing…

 

 

I wanted to ad a twist For this Ford truck had way to many Ford emblems  

4 in fact..

A little much don’t you think?

So we took the front ford emblem and customizing the bezel with The Palm Beach Logo 

Here is what charlie had to say when I dropped his truck off 🙂 

Great guy I really enjoyed the F-350 Truck Restoration Project

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