I had hoped to paint these myself but given the amount of flooding we've had my "paint booth" has been in about 6 inches of water on and off for the past eight weeks. Turns out I'm glad I turned to a professional shop to do the work as there were a number of stress cracks in the gellcoat and some damage to the fiberglass from shipping that the guys I'm using are handling far better than I ever would. Sometimes being behind on schedule and needing the pros to do it right and do it quick works out for the best.
Because I was behind on my ongoing schedule I turned to Dube's Custom Street Machines in Hudson, NH to do the work. To be honest I kind of just stumbled into them having head an ad for them on the radio and living nearby to Hudson. Though usually working on classic American Iron and motorcycles they can work on nearly anything and do a top notch job and have won awards for their work both in Boston and nationally. The shop is always open to the customers who are encouraged to stop by and check out how their project is coming along.
I am choosing to have the bed taken off the truck and the stock bedsides completely removed with the spot welds drilled out and then have the fiberglass bedsides installed rather than going the quick and dirty method of just sawzalling the bedsides and laying the new ones on the remainder. The bedsides will also be either aluminum or stainless steel riveted to the structure for easy replacement should it be needed at a later time. The turnaround time on the whole thing? Approximately four days including paint. Should have the bed back on and have pictures to show early next week.
Next step? The vinyl application for the bedsides befitting the theme behind this build...