Let Graham take you through a step-by-step DIY guide to transform your vehicle's paint with a Raptor Coat makeover.
DIY Nissan Patrol Makeover for under $1,000! Raptor coat IN THE SHED + How to fix and stop rust
We bought the cheapest factory Nissan Patrol Turbo Diesel GU coil cab Ute for just $11,500 and our mission is to build it into an insanely capable tourer on a proper budget. We are going to show you exactly what each modification or repairs costs us. Plus, we are going to give you tips on how you can do something similar.
In this episode guide we show you how to fix rust and give your old four-wheel drive a complete makeover on a tight budget.
The body on this 4WD has seen better days, and that is all about to change. You won’t believe the transformation!
We are taking apart this Patrol in the shed as this is exactly where we are going to spray it with the Raptor Coating. No need for a professional spray booth as we show you how nothing more than elbow grease and a Raptor Coat can make your 4WD look like a million bucks.
STEP 1: DIY RUST REMOVAL AND BODY TREATMENT REPAIRS
Before we get into Raptor Coating the Ute, we are going to treat and remove the rust that needs to be cut out. Although there isn’t a lot of rust, it is enough that it has to be dealt with.
The problem areas for rust is in the passenger footwell, a few small areas in the sills as well as surface rust on the chassis. We have stripped the 4WD back taking all accessories off it and we have discovered two specific types of rust; structural rust that needs attention and cosmetic rust.
For the structural rust in the floor we are going to use a grinder to cut the rusted piece out of the floor and weld in a new metal replacement piece. The superficial surface rust we will clean up and put body filler onto it.
With the structural damage rusted hole in the floor, Robbie uses masking tape to section the area we want to remove. Robbie cuts out a rectangle larger than the area of rust to ensure complete removal of rust, and in doing so makes creating a replacement sheet of metal for the area is much easier and straightforward.
Once the rust is cut out, ensure you clean the area nicely so you can get a nice solid join when you stitch weld the new section.
First up, our expert, Robbie, uses a wire wheel on a drill, a palm sander and a grinder to clean up the loose rust on the body of the 4WD. Robbie strips back a fair bit of paint around the affected area to ensure all of the rust is treated, while still being gentle with the grinder to ensure no unnecessary steel is removed from the body.
From here we use a rust converter and a primer that we put on and let that set. Once set we can put some body filler on the top. We used a Brunox all-in-one rust converter and primer to spray on top and leave that coat set for 24 hours.
Now that the side panel has been prepped, we mixed up some Iso Bond to fill up the hole. This product is as simple as mixing it up and filling the holes, making sure to smooth out the edges as you go. Putting tape behind the holes create a boundary to make sure it is in the shape you need.
When this body filled section is dry, we can sand that back a little and paint it with our chosen Raptor Coating colour and no one will know it was ever there. This exact technique can even be used to fix and fill a hole as big a snorkel hole.
STEP 2: SANDING AND PREPARATION
Sanding and Body Fill
We do a light scuff on all panels that will be coated, and when doing so fine grade sandpaper is best. We aren’t stripping the vehicle to bare metal, so fine sandpaper lets us remove any imperfections of the paint without taking too much of the paint off.
Body filler can be used to fill up dents and bumps on the body, then sanded back and Raptor Coated to cover everything up.
Clean your 4WD
Once everything is buffed and sanded back, make sure to wash off all the dust, dirt and paint residue so it is clean and ready for the Raptor Primer Coat making sure of a nice and smooth finish with no imperfections.
The key to getting a long lasting finish is spending time in preparing and cleaning the vehicle properly and the Raptor Coat will adhere much better.
Graham uses some Raptor Adhesive Promoter on the edges of the panels and any other area that was hard to reach when sanding.
Now it is time for the Raptor Epoxy Primer. First thing to do is to make sure you give the Primer a good mix. Then pour the Primer into a separate container and combine this with the Raptor Primer Hardener. This will set the primer so it dries and is ready for the final coat.
Once that's done, add your Raptor Primer mix to your spray gun and away you go. A handy. Tip when using a spray gun is to keep the gun parallel to the work surface and try spray in nice and steady movements without holding the spray gun too close. It is always better to use lots of light coats rather than one heavy coat. To get an even coating “slow is smooth and smooth is fast”.
Another tip is to spray a little way past the panel you are working on to assist with achieving a nice even coating.
STEP 3: RAPTOR COATING
We used Tint-able Raptor here, which you can mix with any normal automotive two-pack paint to colour the paint however you want. We added 10% colour to the Tint-able Raptor Coat and once that's done you need to give it a good shake before testing the spray pattern.
A tip for testing your paint consistency is to spray and adjust a few times on an upright piece of cardboard to find the desired paint texture and consistency of your liking.
Coating and Spraying
Once you have dialed in and found the texture you want, it is time to paint - remembering to spray the panels with lots of lighter coats, as it is always better than one thick coat.
You do however want to apply more layers of coat to be thicker in high traffic areas such as doors where you are most likely to get scratches out on the 4WD tracks.
Graham waited 30-45 minutes until the coat is a tacky dry, then performs one final coat from up high to create an even dusting of Raptor Coat over the top to take away any imperfections you may have gotten and leaves it looking clean, blended and “Mickey Mouse” in the words of Graham himself.
While Graham waits for the body to dry, he recommends using aerosol cans of Black Raptor Coat to freshen up any accessories like bar work or flares. If any surface of these accessories you wish to Raptor Coat is plastic, it is important you do a pre coat of Raptor Adhesion Promoter, otherwise it will not stick properly.
A quick tip is to avoid the temptation to let your 4WD dry in the sun. The Raptor Coating drying process will be damaged in the sun so it is crucial after all this effort to leave the vehicle undercover in the shed for the next 24 hours to let it cure and harden the Raptor Coat.
24 hours later we can reattach our accessories and previously removed panels and see just how good your Raptor Coating looks.
It took us about a day to do all of the preparation work, and then about half a day to do the painting. It really was as quick as that, and of course we did the whole job in our shed at home.
We ended up using:
• 3 Litres of Tint-able Raptor Coat for the body, one two-pack of Black Aerosol Raptor Cans for the flares - $390
• One can of Raptor Adhesion Promoter $38
• Epoxy Primer and Hardener -$89
• Brunox - $40
• Isopon - $17
• Vari Nozzle Gun - $180
NEXT THE BUDGET BUILD CONTINUES
Now that Graham and the team at Raptor have transformed the outside of the vehicle and repair all the rust, it is now time for Jocko and the boys to continue this budget 4WD Nissan Patrol build!
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Raptor Schutz Spray Gun - GUN/1
The Raptor Schutz Spray Gun is specially constructed to be compatible with Raptor Coat where other paint guns designed for regular paint may struggle. European threading matches Raptor Liner bottles and a long dip tube is fitted to make the most of each Raptor Coating bottle. The gun screws directly onto the plastic Raptor bottle to minimise mess without the requirement to pour the paint into a separate reservoir on the gun. The set-up is lightweight and easy to use and offers the most professional finish in the smallest amount of time. Once you're finished applying, remove the dip-stick and nozzle to fully clean your gun ready for the next project.
- Ideal partner to 1L or 3.8L Raptor Protective Coating kits
- Screws directly onto bottles of Raptor Protective Coating/li>
- Easy clean with removable dip tube and nozzle
- Lightweight and easy to use
Raptor Anti Corrosion Epoxy Primer Kit - REP/1LK - Bundle Item
- Suitable as a primer or as a primer filler for industrial refinish applications, the primer also provides excellent anti-rust protection
- Excellent Anti-corrosion resistance which can be applied directly over surface rust
- Easy to Apply with superior opacity and coverage
Raptor Adhesion Promoter 450ml - RPTAP/AL
- xcellent adhesion characteristics
- Sprays flat
- Can be topcoated with most water or solvent based paint systems
- Provides a protective barrier against lifting or solvent attack
- Prep and upgrade your RAPTOR application
Raptor Adhesion Promotor does exactly what it says on the can. Applying this to surfaces before applying Raptor Coating promotes paint adhesion to most automotive surface including plastics, aluminium, galvanized metal, zinc, painted surfaces, fibreglass and even body filler. It is particularly useful for surfaces which are difficult to sand prior to paint such as under the bonnet. Instead, simply spray some Adhesion Promotor onto the surface and it's ready to paint. The excellent adhesion characteristics allow the Raptor Liner to bond to the surface and create the tough, protective coating that Raptor is know for. Raptor Adhesion Promotor can be used with most water or solvent based paint systems and isn't just specific to the Raptor bedliner range. Make sure to shop the rest of the range to get your car fully protected from the elements with Raptor.
Need to protect your 4x4 body or your ute tray? Raptor is a unique tough and tintable durable urethane paint-like coating that offers surfaces a protective barrier to withstand the toughest of situations. The tough, durable coating retains flexibility and does a great of protecting body panels and other surfaces, it's not uncommon to see serious 4 wheel drives painted in Raptor coating and regularly rubbed up against trees, rock walls and other obstacles with minimal noticeable damage to the car's body or paint work. Raptor is applied just like traditional paint, however it has been developed to not only tolerate, but thrive in even the toughest of conditions. Unlike other bed liners or protective coatings, it's less expensive and faster than powder coating. The scratch and stain resistant finish makes it perfect for almost any application. Spray or roll Raptor coating on high traffic areas such as ute trays, side steps, bull bars, trailers or even entire cars. Raptor is UV resistant which makes it great for the harsh Aussie sun and won't fade or go chalky even after years in the sun. Raptor boasts impressive water resistance and can aid in protecting surfaces from rust which makes it great for surfaces regularly subjected to water.
Raptor Protective Coating Black 400ml - RLB/ALThe Raptor 2K Bedliner Aerosol offers an all-new fast, easy way to apply Raptor liner straight out of a can without the need for expensive professional painting gear and air compresors, yet still doesn't sacrifice or compromise on performance from the final coating. Raptor Coating aerosol cans are ideal for spot repairs on fully painted surfaces such as automotive panels or trailer should you manage to damage the surface (you probably won't). Aerosol cans are also ideal for smaller jobs such as side steps, mud flaps or exterior trims in need for a durable protective coating.
- Convenient, offers a fast, easy way to apply RAPTOR without compromising performance, no spray equipment necessary
- This colored bed liner spray can is ideal for spot repairs and small jobs
- The durability of RAPTOR with the convenience of an aerosol
- Easy and convenient - activate using the valve on base
- Textured gun finish
Twin Brunox Rust Converter & Epoxy Aerosol 400ml BundleBRUNOX Epoxy Aerosol treats rust and primes in one step making RustStop perfect for your next DIY project . Containing epoxy resins (no hardener required) it is compatible with most top coats including 2K paints, fillers, acrylics and enamels. RustStop neutralises and dissolves rust, protects metal surfaces from further corrosion on your 4WD.undefinedundefined
- Rust treatment and primer in a handy can.
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Perfect for treating small rust areas that might appear in tight corners, roofline gutters, and edges where rust has appeared over time. RustSpot Epoxy has a fast drying time of 30-40minutes before the next coat application. undefinedundefined
BRUNOX Epoxy Primer is compatible with most topcoats and can be overlayed with fillers and sealers prior to applying final topcoats. (refer to tech-data sheet for more details). undefinedundefined
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Raptor Roller & Tray Kit - ROLLERPACK
- Contains all necessary parts for application
- Suitable for applying Raptor linings
- Can be used in place of spray guns
One of the best things about Raptor Coating is that you don't have to be a professional paint and panel guru to get a great result. If you don't have expensive painting gear and air compressors, just grab the Raptor Coat Roller Pack and get to painting your car just like you would paint the walls in your house. The rollers are have been made to work specifically with the consistency of Raptor Liner and also offer a great textured finish once you're done painting. The kit includes 2x yellow rollers, 1x roller handle and 1x roller tray.