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Old 09-04-2011, 11:48 PM
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Aftermarket bumper protection

The first mods I've got planned to my new Jeep are a bumper for my Warn winch and some spacers up front to compensate for the weight. I did both of these things to my TJ and I'm actually kind of excited to tear into the JK.

I live in the rust belt, and have to constantly fight corrosion. I've been able to keep body and frame on my vehicles in good shape with heavy wax in the Fall and frequent undercarriage washes during the winters, but anything that is exposed and not galvanized gets owned after 5 years or more.

The absolute biggest disappointment on my TJ were the Jeeperman bumpers, which had an excellent design, quality welds, and powder coating performed by adolescent monkeys cranking away at the Four Loko. The powder coating peeled and the exposed metal began to show surface rust pretty badly.

I'm considering buying a Hanson bare metal bumper and having it treated here in the Indy area. I've found multiple areas that do automotive powder coating, but I'm not sure where to look for galvanizing. I think I'm searching wrong. We have a huge auto industry throughout the state and I would challenge anyone outside of SoCal to find more custom/speed shops than you will around here (they have a couple of big race events here that you may have heard of).

What do I look for with regards to galvanizing? How uncommon is it to have a shop galvanize and then powder coat? Would I be better off having the galvanizing done and then rattle-canning the bumper, for easy future touch-up? How do I get a texture to the bumper, short of Line-x or Herculiner? How would I get it off of my hootus? (cookie to anyone who knows that reference)

Sorry for the babbling post, it's how I roll. Lots of questions, fishing for ideas. Go!

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2004 TJ Rubicon 5-speed manual

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