: Ext owners: Bed cover and step pad problem solved + shaved emblems + painted camera

07-07-09, 08:45 PM
I recently had to do some body work (dent on the QP) and since it was rather close the tailgate, it was going to have to be blended, so why not shave the rear emblem holes! While doing that, I bought 2 -$6 cans of SEM trim paint and painted the bed covers and step pads. Also painted the rear camera to match.


comments please..... should i tint the tails? paint of course, not film.....

Superior Detailing
07-07-09, 09:52 PM
Wow looks amazing...Definitely need to get around to doing that to my month old 04 EXT. I say go for tinting the tails, already did mine!

07-08-09, 12:07 AM

07-08-09, 12:14 AM
^ x 2! Please let us know how it holds up

07-08-09, 01:10 AM
Hey its looks very nice and clean! :) Hope that paint holds up though ...

07-08-09, 10:12 AM
Looks good Lux.

Question, why did you take the emblem off the back? Are you going to do that all the way around?

07-08-09, 12:18 PM
Looks good Lux.

Question, why did you take the emblem off the back? Are you going to do that all the way around?

yes sir, already took it off the E&G vertical grill, all i have left is the front doors

07-08-09, 06:19 PM
I am just wondering why you want to take off all the emblems and name plates, etc. Is it just a personal preference?

07-08-09, 07:46 PM
personal preference i guess.... any other opinions? i had to take em off to paint that panel, i guess i could always put em back on.... no to mention the caddy emblem was faded to shit, i would need a new one.

07-09-09, 10:35 PM
looks real nice your call on the tinted tails I like the red against the white.

07-10-09, 07:58 PM
Thats clean!!

07-10-09, 11:13 PM
thanks! I'm very happy, so far 2 washes + 3 work days (i stack the covers while working) and no problems with the paint.

08-19-09, 06:06 PM
Just an update a month and 1/2 later..... still looking just as good as the day i painted them!


08-19-09, 06:09 PM

Theres a semi-gloss version and a flat version..... make sure you get the flat version

also the side steps look confusing....but they're easy to take off i promise.... there's 2 plastic rivets on each end (4 total) and 7 - 10mm bolts holding each side step on.

08-19-09, 11:29 PM
What steps did you follow to paint the trim?

08-20-09, 02:02 AM
Also, what back up camera is that?

08-20-09, 02:48 AM
i went with the pyle night vision reverse camera....

to paint the plastic just scuff is with grey scuff pads and some SEM "scuff and clean" and a spray bottle of water .... then dry it and clean it with some simple green ... dry it out and paint it...

08-20-09, 03:08 PM
I like the post - I've been wondering what to do about my faded bed covers. I rubed them down with some F-21 Protectant (knowning that it'd run all over the paint when I wash it) but even that didn't really do the job as it was kind of blotchy. I thought about having a body shop paint them but I'm going to try your method first, thanks for the great idea!

08-20-09, 07:11 PM
It has worked great! I was going to paint em to match, but I use the bed everyday single day so i would scratch the shit outta it. Plus when im working I dont have time to make sure I stack the covers carefully without scratching them. You'll be very happy, I promise. Also I forgot to add.... make sure you use some SEM or PPG prep solvent to remove any silicon left behind by the protectant.

09-14-09, 08:26 PM
Hi ! I'm new on this forum and i've decide to try it and ..... WoW !!:bows:




09-18-09, 10:37 AM
Excellent! It will hold up for a very long time according to the guy at the auto body supply shop who recommended this to me...

10-21-09, 05:02 PM
hi so you have sand it over firsT?

10-21-09, 08:32 PM
its not sanding..... its "scuffing"....... a scuff pad similar to sandpaper though. You need SEM scuff and clean ... grey scuff pads and the SEM trim paint....

10-21-09, 10:35 PM
Nice work! I like the badgeless look. I would leave the tails as is, the red and white matches pretty good imo.

09-29-10, 12:42 AM
It does look like a different truck with the newly painted covers. I will be trying this after the winter.

09-29-10, 07:25 PM
I would do it next week! The paint has no affect with winter. I did this over a year ago and it looks as good as the day I painted it. So far its holding up great.

09-29-10, 11:39 PM
Wow, I like it a lot!

So all I need is 2 cans to do all 3 panels and the step pads? Where on Long Island can I get that paint for $6? They're $10-15 on amazon.com...
Have you ever seen the gloss black? I think it'll look good on a black truck. Then again, I'm not gentle with my panels and remove them fairly often so I don't want to worry about scratches.

Run down of the process: Household degreaser, scotch bright, degrease, wash with regular car wash, dry, paint, enjoy?

10-01-10, 09:51 AM
I need to get this done soon thanks for the write up

10-09-10, 11:14 PM
So you didnt use the sand free? Just the scuff and clean, some vinyl prep and the the trim paint? Did you mask off the weather strips or can they be painted as well?

09-27-11, 05:39 PM
GM issued a Service Bulletin (Doc ID#1785945) about this back in '06 and covered it under warranty. Their solution was to apply 'Gatorback Textured Plastic Coating' - http://gatorbackcoatings.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4

09-27-11, 06:27 PM
LOL @ $162 + shippping!!!!

09-30-11, 01:56 PM
LOL ......"and covered it under warranty"

10-18-11, 11:43 AM
Hey, thanks for posting this, my 03 EXT needs the same treatment for the bed cover panels and the side steps. Repainting the covers and side steps should be a sticky:cool2:.

12-28-11, 12:47 AM
I traded the EXT in for an 07 Avalanche. I was trying to decide if I wanted to under take painting the sails Sunburst Orange to match, or take the easy route and do it black.


Here's a post showing how to freshen up the plastic pieces with easier methods
1. Dupli Color: little prep
2. Fusion paint: no prep

Later in the post, someone pointed out you can just go over the cladding with a heat gun (or propane torch if your feeling lucky). It brings the black out and lasts. There's no prep. You don't have to remove anything or tape. Pretty much anyone can do it without screwing things up.

I haven't done it yet, but planning on taking this on shortly. Enjoy some fresh bed covers

01-03-12, 11:42 AM
Great info...too bad my warrenty is out; I'll try the paint method. Can you get this paint at any auto parts place?