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Old 05-26-2015, 07:27 AM
Hlifted Ranger Hlifted Ranger is offline
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Default Painting Steel Bumper

So I painted my front bumper with spray on bed liner before the winter but as soon as I took it to the coin car wash, the power washer stripped some of the paint right off! Needless to say, there is a bunch of spots that are rusting now so I wanna sand it down and re-paint it again.

Anyone else have this problem or can give any advice on how to make the paint hold up better and not come off the second I go to wash my truck?

Was thinking of sanding + cleaning it, using self etching primer, couple coats of rustoleum, and another few coats of clear coat on top of that. Thoughts??
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Old 05-26-2015, 07:36 PM
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Default Re: Painting Steel Bumper

its all down to the prep, make sure everything is sanded and de-greased, as for rustoleum, i have just painted my entire truck with a paint called zip-gaurd hammered finnish, which is another urethane paint, and it works well. i was going to paint the whole truck with bedliner, but it was too much money and work to get the colored bedliner i wanted to canada
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:46 PM
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Default Re: Painting Steel Bumper

westewoo, the color looks good.
but the close up just looks like extreme orange peel.
though It was a bit mottled too, but realized that was the reflection of the photographer.
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Old 05-26-2015, 10:23 PM
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Is this a custom bumper? If so get it powdercoated. Well worth the money. If it's like that bumper I'd say just be sure to put on a bunch of costs and really prep it.
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:31 AM
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Default Re: Painting Steel Bumper

I agree that prep is the key. Even if you used a regular paint as long as you prep it thoroughly, I don't think the paint will strip off easily.
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