Originally Posted by JaxBeachBMW
That's not a bad idea. I really don't like the chrome, but black might look nice. How's the process?
1 remoce from jeep and get them super clean
2 when dry, scuff them with either a course scotch brite or 500 grit sand paper. 3. Clean them again. This time make the last thing u do wiping them down with some type of wax and grease remover. Don't touch them after this process because it will make the paint react.
4. After drying, coat with "etching primer". Local auto stores should have this. Is specifically designed for raw metal and works well on chrome. 1-2 coats should be fine. Just go by what the can says.
5. If the etching primer requires sanding repeat step 3 after.
6. With your choice of paint apply multiple LIGHT coats. Don't try to cover every part of chrome with paint on the first coat. This will cause a reaction and will be a pain to fix. You shouldn't do a heavy, wet coat until probably your 4th or 5th coat.
7. If you want to add clear coat for protection nows the time to do it.
8. Install and keep a can of paint around. It was chrome and still is under your fresh paint ( or bed liner ;-) ) so a scratch will shine through. Glad to answer any other questions. Sorry if any of this is confusing.