2006 Ford F-150 Fiberglass Install - Project Fast-150

Finishing Bodywork and Color Coat

Jay KopycinskiPhotographer, Writer

You see them running around town or in the desert. We’re talking about those trucks with unpainted fenders and maybe unpainted bedsides. We’ve been there for some number of months running our ’06 F-150 prerunner truck with bare fiberglass. However, we sort of got away with the look since our Ford is white, but it was time to finally shoot some color onto the ‘glass and have the truck completely painted again.

We’d previously installed Glassworks Unlimited fiberglass front fenders and bedsides. The fenders we purchased offer a 4-inch flare and 3-inch rise at the fender arch over the stock fenders. They’ve also been enlarged to a wider opening at the back edge near the door for better tire clearance. We needed the extra room to accommodate the movement of our 37-inch BFGoodrich Baja T/A tires attached to a JD Fabrication long-travel kit that pushes each tire out 4 inches over stock. The Glassworks fiberglass bedsides for the ‘04-08 F-150 have a 4½-inch flare and 3-inch rise over stock. They come with a contoured area for the fuel filler door and can be used with the stock tailgate.

The fenders were mostly a bolt-on affair, with some minor trimming and fitment work. The bedsides were more involved, but still manageable as a DIY home project. With the fiberglass trimmed and fitted, we took the truck to Lamb Fab, a custom shop in Gilbert, Arizona, to have their crew complete the finish bodywork and lay down some glossy white color onto the panels.

We’ll recap some of the installation procedure we followed and point out some tips we used. We’ll also share with you some of the methods used at Lamb Fab to get the fiberglass looking good and prepped for paint. When all was said and done, we were back in white and the truck was looking sharp.

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