Looking great! Can you summarize all the steps you did on the frame from start to finish, with a one sentence explanation for each step (if needed)? Also include the inside of the frame.
Start to finish for the frame... hmmm. When I think about it now it was/should of been easy! The one thing that seems to be common amongst everybody is the wirewheel. Some method of stripping the rust. After that, there are several ways to do it, depending on what material you use.
With a "clean" frame (rust free) you can apply the POR15 kit, including the Marine Clean, Metal Ready, then POR. Too many guys have used it with success to ignore it. -OR-
With a clean frame (rust free), apply Ospho (which I think is inherrently the same thing as Metal Ready) and let cure. Wipe down with a prepaint solvent (degreaser/dewaxer), scuff with Scotch-Brite, blow it off with air, apply Lacquer Primer. Let dry. Wipe down with solvent again, scuff again, and paint with finish coat.
The main thing AJ pointed out to me was keeping the wet edge, which I have read from others as well. So I held the gun closer and moved slower. The lacquer primer is very thin, but it didn't run because it dries very quickly. He also emphasized about scuffing between coats. When I failed the first time with the bedliner I can tell you now where I screwed up. I didn't scuff between coats, and the bedliner went on dry.
Sorry... wasn't exactly one-liners!
Sure did, and I wasn't planning to bring it up but since you asked, it was hotter in Texas today
The frame looks great and I have heard very good comments about the Valspar implement paint.
EVERYTHING's bigger in Texas!!
I have painted two stock trailers with Valspar. It covers really well and makes a good coating. It is $12 a QT, but $30 a gallon, so I bought a gallon. I cut it 20% with Naphtha (per the label)... really went on smooth. Took about 24 ounces to paint the frame.