All pretty now.
The missing plate takes a bit of explaining...
Back when I got them, there was a big All-Pro logo water-jetted into the slider's top plate. I resolved to remove the logo, all of which was beat to death in this thread: http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/4x4-off-road-tech/155422-my-truck-not-your-billboard.html
Despite what the naysayers in that thread said, the body filler solution worked just fine for over two years. However, when I removed them for this servicing I could just start to make out the outline of the logo in the top plate. Turns out the body filler was fine, but the edges of the logo cutout had started to rust. So, for this project, I decided to cut out that section of the top plate and replace it.
Here, the replacement plate is in place:
All ground down and ready for paint:
Before the POR-15 paint, I used POR-15 Metal Prep. This is a cleaner / rust remover, and leaves behind a thin zinc phosphate coating. That's what is causing the yellow apprearance in this pic:
After the first coat of POR-15:
Should have more tomorrow. Stay tuned...