TIME TO FRESHEN UP THE T4
After seeing the Lucky 6 boys commercial style build using Raptor paint a few years ago, I’ve wanted to try it on my van for a while.
For the uninitiated, Raptor paint was developed for use on bed-liners in pick-ups and has, as a consequence, a very tough, scratch resistant surface.
Now that the Lucky 6 boys are focusing on bigger vehicles, with a more off-road style, there has been much more Raptor paint used in their workshop and what was once Lucky 6 is now Allroad Activity Vans.
Most people want the smooth colour coded bumpers and my bumpers were like that at one point, but for me I want that textured look…
First of all we needed to remove the bumpers. The front bumper is held in with screws inside the wheel arch and bolts behind the number plate (13mm socket)
The bumpers ‘hook over’ plastic supports attached to the bodywork of the van. When removing the bumper be careful not to pull the supports off of the bodywork.
The rear bumper has bolts under the door seal, in the arches and underneath the bumper. It is also held in with clips under the rear lights.
With the bumpers off, it’s time to give them a good clean, mine were caked in dirt and salt from the winter roads.
We could then see the full extent of the damage to the bumpers, as mentioned before these were smoothed and had a layer of filler over them which had cracked in places and had some deep stone chips in places.
It’s now time to prep the bumpers, using a selection of grades of wet & dry paper, the rough areas can be smoothed out and the whole bumper can be keyed ready for primer.
Prep progress, the bumpers are starting to look in a better condition ready for primer. We didn’t want to completely smooth out the imperfections, because we wanted to see how well the Raptor paint would work covering them.
Several coats of plastic primer going on.
The Raptor paint comes in two parts. The 1 litre bottle only has 750ml of paint in it, you add 250ml of hardener to the paint and shake well.
The Raptor paint can be sprayed, brushed or rolled on. We wanted to a real DIY job with the bumpers as much as possible, to see what realistic results you could get at home, so we used a roller.
Lee rolled on the Raptor paint and the texture is instantly noticeable, after two coats the bumpers were left to dry before refitting.
The finished results look great, the texture to the bumpers is not as thick as it would be if it was painted using a spray-gun, but the results are impressive using just a cheap roller set and I’m extremely happy with the new look!
In fact with the bumpers looking so fresh it was time to give the rest of the van a bit of a make over ready for Vanwest 2018!
The van has been painted in Montana Gold graffiti paint and cost under £100 for the respray. All black parts of the van are now painted in RAPTOR.
SEE HOW WE RESPRAYED THE VANWEST DOKA FOR UNDER £100 HERE.