Hi guys. I'm in the midst of rebuilding a 65 J200 and have started work on the tailgate. The unit that came with the truck is in decent shape, with the exception of a row of pinholes about 4 inches down from the top, on the outside side of the tailgate. I'll cut that section out and weld in a new strip, no big deal.
My question is, have any of you done anything to protect the paint on the tailgate from the chain bracket, when the tailgate is closed? I'm using a single stage paint, so no clearcoat protection. It seems like a bummer to clean the tailgate up and add a fresh coat of paint, only to have wear marks from the chain bracket. This won't be a show truck, but I'd like it to look nice. Any suggestions?
On a related note, I finished the bed last summer (no heat in the pole barn, so I usually work on it in warmer weather) and it turned out great. After paint, I used a spray on bed liner and it looks awesome. I'll check out how to post pics and put some up for review.