Started on the bed this weekend. I’m keeping the tailgate as is but cleaner. Was actually able to get the red spray paint stripped off (turpentine then brake clean). The brake clean also removed the remaining gold off the decal. I did some very minor metal work and so far have a coat of semi-gloss clear on the back.
Also pulled the chains off my extra bed and cleaned those up really (and clear coated)
The rust on the lower part behind the wood is pretty bad but didn’t rust through
The white decals (gold has all worn off) really pop.