|07-01-2013 01:10 AM|
im not sure if you realize that you have no idea what you are you talking about please explain to me how there is metal on metal wear when something is powder coated? it would be a metal on plastic wear if someone actually used a hood on it, most people would use a strap which will cause no wear problems at all.
on top of that, you do realize almost all industrial equipment is powder coated now and not painted because of how tough it is. any legit shop will coat these 3-4mils on a super durable color plus a super durable clear coat.
if you also read my statement it would be $100 to powder coat both including prep work and 2 colors, which depending on the coater could be 4 separate coats.
are you aware that there are 4 different types of coatings? has a specific use, based on application. some are more durable than others and they were designed for that reason. id suggest before you start mouthing off about things you have no CORRECT information about that you do some research so you sound slightly believable and like you have done this before.
just so you dont come back with some other half baked response here are a few chains i did out of a large batch that i did. these two are for myself but the rest are used on flat beds where they sown into bed strap and constantly thrown around, bounced off metal, and hooked onto metal bed rails where they hold down what ever the truck driver is securing. be that pallets of shingles or lifts of lumber. i do every single set of straps they use and every single ratchet assembly they have. they get used 6 days a week and i have never had one chip, wear, or flake. iv never had to redo even a single one. considering those see more use in 6 months than any tow hook or dring on a jeep would see in a life time i think its safe to say they will be more than ok.
|07-01-2013 12:01 AM|
|06-30-2013 10:35 AM|
thats very untrue.
|06-30-2013 09:02 AM|
$100 to powder coat a $25 tow hook?
|06-30-2013 03:16 AM|
My point exactly!
Still, $100 seems a little steep.
|06-29-2013 08:55 PM|
|PrecisionPowder||i powder coat for a living, you should absolutely powder coat them and not paint them. paint is awful and it will scrape off at first use. what ever shop you go to good to a good one. make sure they know what they are doing and will prebake the parts to outgas them, use a super durable color, then use a super durable clear over the top of that. you are probably going to be looking at $100 by the time you are done including sand blasting, and both coats but they will be the toughest thing on your jeep by far. any piece i do that i know will see heavy use is always done in a super durable color and anything i know will see abuse like bumpers and tow hooks ill do a super durable clear over the top. costs more but its worth the money when it still looks perfect years later.|
|06-29-2013 04:46 PM|
|damndirtydog||It's easy to remove the bumper from a Wrangler, but a Rubicon is more difficult because the automatic sway bar disconnect unit doesn't give much room to remove the nuts on the passenger side. I'm grateful I had an air ratchet.|
|06-29-2013 04:28 PM|
Here is a visual link:
The plastic retainers holding the plastic cover plate don't always come out easily.
Use a hand screw driver and hold them up with any flat tool while trying to unscrew them.
If that doesn't work, simply drill them out and replace them (cheap).
In fact, even if they do unscrew, you may want to replace them anyway.
|06-29-2013 10:23 AM|
|Rvp523||Okay my next question is......how easy is it to take off the bumper? Can I do it by myself?|
|06-29-2013 12:38 AM|
Different strokes my Jeep friend.
Never the less...
If I were going to all the trouble to disassemble my bumper, I would spend the small amount of extra time and $$$$ to powder coat a part subject to wear.
I had a 2009 Dodge Big Horn 4x4. The wheels (20") were stock silver. I had them powder coated black @ $35 apiece . When I sold the truck in May of this year, not a ding or scratch on the wheels.
In all fairness they were protected by very large Duratracs.
Still, have you ever seen wheels that have been rattle canned after 3 years?
BTW, I always touch up my tow receivers with Rustoleum.
An easy but temporary fix.
But they are down and out of sight for the most part.
|06-28-2013 09:40 PM|
|Vin||They are already painted. To change the color, just hit them with a different colored enamel. If you use them the way they are supposed to be used you'll end up needing to touch them up every now and again anyways. I disagree with powder coating. I have yet to see a bumper, or rock rail, or whatever hold up against everyday commuting. I've hit them all with a shot of rustoleum rough texture at some point or another.|
|06-28-2013 08:44 PM|
While I haven't painted tow hooks, I would be inclined to do what I do with all potentially heavily used parts that I want to repaint. Two words: powder coat. Strip the part and take to a pro.
It is pretty cheap and way more durable than spray paint.
|06-28-2013 08:13 PM|
|nobndry||Yup. It was quite easy, just take the whole bumper off and paint them, and reassemble.|
|06-28-2013 07:06 PM|
I removed the bumper and hooks, washed and sanded them down a little, threw some light layers of spray paint on them followed by a few clear coats, then reassembled. I'm pleased with the finished product. I'm planning on upgrading my bumper, but want to keep the hooks
|06-28-2013 06:56 PM|
Painted tow hooks
Has anyone painted their tow hooks? If so, how do you go about it? Do you have to use special paint? Please help