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1987 4Runner Paint Pitted w/ Rust.

Old 04-29-2019, 08:07 AM
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1987 4Runner Paint Pitted w/ Rust.







I picked up this 4runner over the weekend and am wanting to get the paint looking good again. I've done research and found plenty of posts about waxing and polishing the paint but haven't seen many with rust-pitted paint repairs.

Wouldn't mind some advice on repairing this please! And with the rest of the paint, would waxing be sufficient enough to make the faded spots look like the other areas with top coat still?
Looking for advice on products to use for removing rust, repainting the spot, and top coating it.

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Old 04-29-2019, 08:28 AM
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Wow it looks straight otherwise. I'll take that rust over New England rot holes any day. That looks like Southwest rust to me.(or maybe Idaho...duh)

There's not much you can do short of stripping it, eliminating the rust and painting it I think. Maybe use rust converter on it if you just wanted to preserve it.

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Yeah! looks good! minimal rust and dents.
Are these easy to find in Idaho?
What were they asking for it?( if you don't mind)
Values of the unmolested are going up.
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Yeah! looks good! minimal rust and dents.
Are these easy to find in Idaho?
What were they asking for it?( if you don't mind)
Values of the unmolested are going up.
In this condition? Not easy at all they're always beat to hell. he wanted $3500, I offered $2700 he came back with $3k. I told him sure if he throws in the 84 solid front axle he also had for sale. Then at time of meeting I got him down to $2900. Was a super cool guy!
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Yeah, I think you did well. Is it the 22RE? rebuilt or original miles?
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Yeah, I think you did well. Is it the 22RE? rebuilt or original miles?
It is the 22RE i'm not sure if the engine has been rebuilt it has 209k miles. The previous owner did the water pump/ timing chain. i'm sure this is going to be my 22re rebuild learner truck.
Nice! that's refreshing hearing someone else think it was a decent deal too. Thanks!
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wax works great, on paint. which you have none of that left. if you want it looking "nice and new" again your ganna have to sand it down and repaint it, and pick up some decals from james dean.
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wax works great, on paint. which you have none of that left. if you want it looking "nice and new" again your ganna have to sand it down and repaint it, and pick up some decals from james dean.
do have any recommendations for wax, paint?
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mine looked about like yours when I picked it up. I just sanded it down, taped off what I needed, and took it to a paint shop and had them put a single stage metallic silver on it. I liked the single stage for the vintage look but that's up to your preference. I used a local shop not a chain. as far as wax, theres a million brands and they all do the same thing. I like synthetic ones because they are a little easier to work with than traditional carnuba. heres picture for reference of my truck, we have the same paint scheme, like I said I used the james dean graphics and a single stage metallic silver paint.



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mine looked about like yours when I picked it up. I just sanded it down, taped off what I needed, and took it to a paint shop and had them put a single stage metallic silver on it. I liked the single stage for the vintage look but that's up to your preference. I used a local shop not a chain. as far as wax, theres a million brands and they all do the same thing. I like synthetic ones because they are a little easier to work with than traditional carnuba. heres picture for reference of my truck, we have the same paint scheme, like I said I used the james dean graphics and a single stage metallic silver paint.

I'm drooling over how beautiful your 4runner is. Single stage metallic, thank you! Just on the rust spots? You think just wax will polish over the faded top coat areas and make it look slick like yours again? It's a beauti
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I'm drooling over how beautiful your 4runner is. Single stage metallic, thank you! Just on the rust spots? You think just wax will polish over the faded top coat areas and make it look slick like yours again? It's a beauti
thank you. I will not pretend to be a professional body or paint shop, but I will tell you that trying to repair one section of paint isn't really and option. youll need to do the entire truck if you want it to look right.
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thank you. I will not pretend to be a professional body or paint shop, but I will tell you that trying to repair one section of paint isn't really and option. you'll need to do the entire truck if you want it to look right.
I second that, great looking rig! Whose front bar is that?

WRT painting, I spent last summer doing body work and paint on my truck. One thing I learned is, if the existing layer is intact and well-adhered to the metal there is no need to entirely remove it. But with this kind of "sun burnt" rust you will have to remove it, prime all the bare metal surfaces with an etching primer, then repaint. I used base coat/clear coat process because it's more forgiving for a DIY painter like me but the single stage will also get great results in the hands of somebody with more experience. If that truck was mine, I would do the body work myself to the primer level, block sand all the primer and then take it to a place like MAACO for the spray job. The sad fact is, even doing your own body/paint work is still expensive because you need the right tools and quality products and there's a BIG learning curve.
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