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Old 06-11-2013, 08:52 PM   #1
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Powder Coating vs Bed lining

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I have a JCR full-width bumper on order and am trying to decide between doing a textured powder coating and doing LineX. I want a very durable coating that's going to hold up for a while so not really worried about the cost difference. Which coating will hold up better?

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Old 06-11-2013, 09:15 PM   #2
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Powder coat is baked on to the metal, very durable. Line x is sprayed on, durable but will come off if hit hard enough.. if it were me I would powder coat.

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Old 06-11-2013, 09:27 PM   #3
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I went with herculiner. I herculined my bumpers and side rails. If it gets hit hard enough and takes some of it off its easily touched up because it bonds to itself. I think it'd be easier to fix because you can fix the part without having to remove it from the jeep. Not sure what the process would be to fix powder coating once its been damaged.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:30 PM   #4
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Here's a couple of pics of my front bumper after herculiner.

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Old 06-11-2013, 09:32 PM   #5
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I was all set to go powder coat but I have seen a couple of bumpers lately that were powder coated and they had a couple of scratches that were starting to bubble bad and bsimon187 just got his hardtop lineXed and it looked great a really durable and got me thinking. I know a lot of people have experience with powder coating anyone use bedliner for their bumper, side steps etc...
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:34 PM   #6
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I went with herculiner. I herculined my bumpers and side rails. If it gets hit hard enough and takes some of it off its easily touched up because it bonds to itself. I think it'd be easier to fix because you can fix the part without having to remove it from the jeep. Not sure what the process would be to fix powder coating once its been damaged.
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That looks nice! yeah I thought bedliner might be easier to repair. have you had any color fade?
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:38 PM   #7
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Powder coat doesn't 'bubble'. Bed liner will fade, even Line-X.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:38 PM   #8
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I wouldn't say it fades but it looses the shine. Stay a nice solid black though. Just built new rails and herculined them too.

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Old 06-11-2013, 09:42 PM   #9
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monstaliner is supposed to UV fade resistant.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:50 PM   #10
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Powder coat doesn't 'bubble'. Bed liner will fade, even Line-X.
I didn't think it did either till I saw it, a guy in the local jeep club had a bumper he built last year and had it powder coated, he scratched it a few times and there was a little rust and the powder coating was starting to "bubble"(may not be the right word but looked a lot like paint bubbles) and flake off.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:52 PM   #11
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I wouldn't say it fades but it looses the shine. Stay a nice solid black though. Just built new rails and herculined them too.

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I can deal with solid black, how has it held up to scrapes ect?
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Its done great from everyday use. Haven't had the off road rubbing on rocks so I can't fully answere the question. I do drive a lot of gravel roads and don't notice any chips out of it.
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Powder coat doesn't 'bubble'. Bed liner will fade, even Line-X.
Oh, really?

Anywhere you get a rock ding or a scratch down to metal, or anyplace the surface was not perfectly prepared, rust will spread rapidly underneath the powder coating and peel it off. And I mean DEEP rust, not just surface rust. I've been fighting it for years on a couple of large metal surfaces. I would never powder coat anything again!

IMHO, powder coating a bumper would be worse than running it bare metal and keeping oil on the surface rust!
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Its done great from everyday use. Haven't had the off road rubbing on rocks so I can't fully answere the question. I do drive a lot of gravel roads and don't notice any chips out of it.
That's cool, thanks for the pics and experience

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Oh, really?

Anywhere you get a rock ding or a scratch down to metal, or anyplace the surface was not perfectly prepared, rust will spread rapidly underneath the powder coating and peel it off. And I mean DEEP rust, not just surface rust. I've been fighting it for years on a couple of large metal surfaces. I would never powder coat anything again!

IMHO, powder coating a bumper would be worse than running it bare metal any keeping oil on the surface rust!
Thats kind of what made me think twice about powder coating but I know almost all the part available are powder coated wasn't sure if this was just isolated event or not

Hahaha I thought about that I like the way it looks as bare metal but the salt around here would eat it up quick
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Hey, no problem. I love showing off the work I've done to it.
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Subscribed. I've been considering this too. I just picked up a used Warn Elite bumper that's powder coated but needs some touch up.
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:54 AM   #17
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Has anyone used lineX for a bumper or rocker armor and really tested it?

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