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sigtauenus
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posted 10-03-2003 10:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As you know, I'm repainting my truck Midnight Jade, a dark green. The "FORD" letters on the tailgate (the ones stamped out of the sheetmetal) should be white, and I planned on painting the white on. I was debating which color to paint on first and how to mask it when I got the new NPD Ford Truck catalog and saw they sell transfer emblems for the tailgate. Basically, I can put the FORD back on the tailgate in white as easy as putting on a transfer "stripe" or decal, however you would describe it. Is the transfer emblem the way the factory did it, or was the "FORD" tailgate letters painted?

I also heard the suggestion to paint the entire tailgate green first, then paint the strips white, then paint green again, and then sand the green off the letters, revealing the white. Works if the letters are perfectly flat, and beats masking, but the transfer emblems NPD sells for 17 bucks takes the cake if that's the way its supposed to be done.

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KULTULZ
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posted 10-04-2003 06:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ   Click Here to Email KULTULZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes...FORD used these transfers for most tailgates and as I remember (depending on year) there was more than just white offered.

You can also get these transfer kits (3M) from most large paint suppliers.

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DidgeyTrucker
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posted 10-04-2003 03:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All the tailgates I've seen 1979 and older were painted white over the color.

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sigtauenus
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posted 10-04-2003 04:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tracy,
Are you confirming that the color of the letters was white, or that the letters were painted vice a decal, or both?

Sam

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DidgeyTrucker
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posted 10-26-2003 11:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
White paint.

Tracy

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 10-26-2003 07:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There were also decals available, depending on the package. I had an '86 that was Dark Canyon Red with Antique White trim, and it had red decals from the factory {I bought it new} on the tailgate. When I had it repainted, I left it white, which I thought looked a lot better.

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MLariviere
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posted 10-27-2003 09:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had a two tone 79,brown and tan. It had tan transfer letters on the tailgate.

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