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Old 01-10-2009, 12:28 AM   #1
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Powder coat or paint?

This guy is telling me that I should paint an unfinished bumper instead of getting it powder coated because since the coating is like a shell and if the powder coating chips, and it rusts, the rust can spread under the powder coating. Is this true? He said to just give it a good couple coats of paint and just touch it up if it gets scratched.

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Old 01-10-2009, 02:25 AM   #2
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Don't you live in socal dude? Stuff don't rust here (much anyway)

If you want it powder coated then do it, but a couple coats of paint with the krylon follow up on any scratches will do ya.

Rust won't run under the powder per se. Really, you'll have a chip that is still stuck on the bumper and letting air/moisture under it and rust will start. Once rust gets a start, it'll creep under paint too. You can just see it better when that happens.

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Unless your rig is for show then Krylon is your friend.
I had a buddy when I was running rails who went and spent big bucks to powder coat his rail. It looked great until he decided to change something and couldn't match the color.
I always painted with rattle cans, when I broke something or changed something I could grab the can and make it look like new in a minute.
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i like the hammer finished look. never powder coat something that is going to be ran against a rock. i live in colorado. its not to humid up here. at the shop we can powder coat. its not cheap. it looks good. to get the same color you have to go to the same person and hope they still have the same batch of powder. it does not really chip, if done right. it more or less kinda scrapes off, very neat like. i will see if i can get some pictures up.
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Old 01-10-2009, 12:35 PM   #6
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i'm not a fan of powder coating. it really doesn't last on a bumper, it chips and flakes off too easily. i'd paint it.
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I'm with everyone else here...paint it.
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My sliders are powder coated and they chipped the first month I put them on. Im looking for ideas on what to use on them.
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My sliders are powder coated and they chipped the first month I put them on. Im looking for ideas on what to use on them.
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Old 01-10-2009, 04:03 PM   #10
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x2 on the Krylon hammer finish. It touches up really nice and looks good too.
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I powder coated my front bumper about 2 years ago it hasnt chiped yet
I also poder coated my gas tank skid around 3 years ago and I powder coated my sliders and my tube fenders you have to make sure you prep the steel before you powder coat it most people dont prep the steel very well (I at all) and it will start to chip easly
I have scratched my front bumper and skid plates, rock sliders and it only gets scratches it does not peel off I just touch it up every now and then with some paint

the tube fenders I powder coated the front ones white then I painted over the powder coat to match the jeep
that way when I run down a dirt road the rock chips only the paint but not the powder coat so you cant even tell there is a chip
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I forgot to mention

I did not powder coat the rear tube fenders its all chiped up from the dirt roads the paint doesnt hold up as well if the rear fenders flares just touch a rock the it takes a big chip out of the paint
compaired to the front fenders when I hit a rock up fromt I get a scratch you dont notice it as bad
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I had powder coated tube steps on my 04. When they took a hard hit on some rocks they cracked then rusted. after the rust lifted most of the finish off I sanded it all down and put a rust sealant and krylon over it. Now you cant tell the difference. I agree with most here that if it gonna take some hits I would just krylon it.

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