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Jamie

United States

#1 Dec 9, 2006
I Just bought a 04 Avalanche and love it,It does not have the full body cladding but I want to paint the pieces that it does have and want it to be smooth like the pieces on the Escalade ext.I was wondering if anyone out there knows the proper technics on doing this.
bill saylors

AOL

#2 Jan 18, 2007
before you paint and have a peeling problem later, try armor-dillo ts1. ts1 is a fantastic product that you wipe on and wipe off with a damp towel. water hardens ts1. 2-3 easy applications will last a year.for more info contact bill or jessica. armor-dillo.com .
bob

United States

#3 Feb 18, 2007
try gator back
moon glow

United States

#4 Jun 17, 2007
I just bought 02 avalanche and my atv won't fit in the back whats with this I thought avalanche's were all about atv's any ideas.why would gm do this the tonneau cover panels make it two inches to narrow
bill saylors

AOL

#5 Jul 23, 2007
subject: Faded cladding and cargo panels
According to GM engineers,due to the internal release agents, it is not possible to "PAINT"the parts ,to produce a suitable finish.

Since: Oct 07

Piermont,NY

#6 Oct 18, 2007
There is a nice body kit for the Avalanche at www.valanca.com Or just do what I did use Futura Floor wax on it. It will hold up for many years..
Bill Saylors

AOL

#7 Oct 24, 2007
Is your Gator Back Coatings application starting to dull/ fade? get that crisp new look back with g.m. tested and approved Armor-Dillo TS-1. Simply wipe it onto the faded surface and wipe it dry.
You will be amazed how easy it is to apply and you will love the way your AV looks. Don't take my word for get the facts from the experts.
visit www.armordillots1@aol.com
The paint guy

Jacksonville, FL

#8 Jan 26, 2008
Wipe panels with liquid sandpaper a few times to remove all traces of wax and oil. can be purchased at local paint stores. paint with auto motive finish paints make sure you ask for flex agent paint additive for your paint this is what is added to the paint so they can paint the plastic bumpers on cars and not have it chip off. that is the most important thing. a few coats of this and you will have a show room finish and can be waxed along with the rest of the truck and will last as long as your paint job on the rest of your truck.
LD Odom

Humble, TX

#9 Jul 3, 2009
The paint guy wrote:
Wipe panels with liquid sandpaper a few times to remove all traces of wax and oil. can be purchased at local paint stores. paint with auto motive finish paints make sure you ask for flex agent paint additive for your paint this is what is added to the paint so they can paint the plastic bumpers on cars and not have it chip off. that is the most important thing. a few coats of this and you will have a show room finish and can be waxed along with the rest of the truck and will last as long as your paint job on the rest of your truck.
Thanks for the great advice! Can you recommend what the best brand of flex agent is? One person said they used a product called Bully Dog. But a Body Shop manager said there was an even better product but I forgot the name of it.

Thanks for your help and expertise.
B Emm New Jersey

Merchantville, NJ

#10 Jun 4, 2010
I have an 02 Avalanche and have tried several coating treatments over the years. None have given more than a couple of months semi-satisfactory results. I finally felt that whatever I did could not make the appearance any worse. One day I was using a small brass brush to clean some rust on tools in my garage. it is about twice the size of a tooth brush. I tried a small spot on the side piece that goes up from the side and along the rear of the roof. The place wher tiger stripes show up the worst. The results were amazing. When you brush in a swirling manner the oxidized material just falls off. Before you know it your hands are getting filthy with the accumulated material and the plastic panel is turning a darker grey as it was when it was new. The best part it stays like new for months. When I wash my truck I use the brush treatment and I am able to maintain a great looking finish. The brush came from Home Depot. It only cost a couple of dollars and appears it will last forever. Remember it needs to be a brass brush, not a hard steel wire brush.
joe

Grand Rapids, MI

#11 Jun 23, 2010
I need to buy new cladding for my 04 avalanche and would like to get it camoflaged but cant find where to buy new ones or one that is camo can anyone help
stephen marchione

Milford, PA

#12 Sep 13, 2010
has anyone taken of the body pannals so you don't have to mask the hole car
Sam

Halethorpe, MD

#13 Jan 13, 2011
Is there anywhere you can just buy the pieces that are already smooth and painted. Or would the escalade pieces fit directly to an avalanche?
bill saylors

Valrico, FL

#14 Feb 18, 2011
my 02 z71 cladding looks better than new thanks to gm approved ts-1. gm bullitin says not to paint panels due to peeling issues. gm does not approve future floor wax. read gm bullitin and learn from the experts. www.armordillots1.com
Hugh

Concord, NC

#15 Mar 4, 2011
I have a 2002 Avalanche with light grey cladding which was badly faded and less than one year ago I had a Gator Back certified “technician” put on a dark grey layer of “Gator Back” coating.

It now looks horrible! Bird droppings and weathering have removed the dark grey and the light grey shows thru! I have talked to several local paint & body shops and they all tell me since ‘amorall’ was used there is nothing they can do, no amount of prep that can be done that will keep any new paint or coating from coming off!

Any ideas what to do now? I could really use some advice and suggestions. I have pictures if it will help.
John Mitchell

United States

#16 Dec 29, 2011
There is a product out that is only available through ADSCO. It's called Black Fusion. Link below. I haven't tried it myself yet, but haven't yet found a negative review of the product.

http://www.adsco.net/viewproductdetail.asp...
raul

Rock Hill, SC

#17 Jun 6, 2012
painted my 2003 chevy avalanche panels 2 years ago using bumper coater from napa and now I am getting ready to use it again. clean panels bwith solvent base deglosser, cover vehicle and use 2 to 3 coatd. brand new
Dan

Houston, TX

#18 Jun 25, 2012
I noticed the other day at the dealership that the 2012 LTZ model has body panels as opposed to cladding, duh that's what GM should have done to start with but being the cheap greedy u know whats they are they only did it on the Escalade model but hey just to prove how dum they are they still have cladding on the lower model 2012's!!
Bill Saylors

Brandon, FL

#19 Aug 27, 2012
armor-dillo ts1 is not a paint coating so it will never scratch or peel off . Ts1 is silicone free paint shop friendly. Ts1 does not require tools
or intensive prep.Ts1 is a wipe on wipe dry product that last 90 days or more and will not run down the sides after the first rain. Ts-1 is no slip and safe on running boards. Ts1 is the fastest easiest longest lasting product on todays market. Ts1 can be applied over faded Gatorback
and other products that are now faded. If you cant find armordillos site online their toll free number is 8665769137.
Bill

Jefferson City, MO

#20 Feb 18, 2013
Does anyone know where I can get replacement cladding for lower left rear for my 02 Avalanche. All I have found is pushing $200 for the one piece.

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