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Advice for painting steps/sliders

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by PoweredBySoy, May 14, 2015.

  1. May 14, 2015 at 12:29 PM
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    I just received my order for the Avid steps/sliders, and I ordered them bare steel. What's the best way to paint these things? I mean, I'm smart enough to be able to hold a spray can in the right direction, but just wondering if there were any additional steps I should be taking.

    I want a black, textured, non-slip finish, so I was thinking some sort of bedliner spray.

    Is it necessary to spray on primer beforehand? Is there something I should be doing even before I spray primer?

    The truck is in Minnesota and our winter roads are notorious for salt. Are there any steps I should be taking to avoid rust?

    Thanks.
     
  2. May 14, 2015 at 12:33 PM
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    i just painted my avids with dupli-color bed armor (black). Im happy with it.
     
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    Clean well with a rag and acetone, then prime, then bed liner. Minimum 2 coats each. I used this for both bumper and sliders. I used Rustoleum primer and bed liner. Held up great thus far.
     
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    If you want the color to remain a true black and not get/hold dust and dirt, I've heard it is highly recommended to coat over the bedliner with paint as a final coat. A buddy's just has the bed liner as top coat and it's definitely a very flat black at this point, more so than when he painted them and I first saw it. My sliders arrive in a few days and my plan is: Etching Primer (2 coats), Rustoleum Bed Liner (2-3 coats), Rustoleum Satin Black (2 coats).
     
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    That's because most of the black bedliner products aren't UV stabilized. Paint probably won't adhere for very long. The way to go is to use a bedliner topcoat that protects from UV. If you use Herculiner I think I remember them selling a topcoat. Others probably do too.
     
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    Prep and prime (or not) according to the manufacturers instructions for the product you use. All systems are slightly, and sometimes drastically, different. If the instructions are unclear or lacking go to their website and look for a technical data sheet. If that doesn't work send them an email. All the other advice you might get will range from uninformed to pretty much bullshit. :)
     
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    I'm looking around, and I'm not seeing anything that mentions a UV coat - for any product.

    What about a brush on product for sliders?
    http://www.amazon.com/Herculiner-HC...TF8&qid=1431645519&sr=8-12&keywords=bed+liner
     
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    Will do.
     
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    http://www.monstaliner.com/monstaliner_comparisons.htm
    Look for how many times UV comes up. They are a bit biased of course.

    Edit - If you have the equipment most products can be sprayed. But I have had good luck with roller applied products for limited thickness applications. Years ago I did all the gunnals, nose, and rear deck of an aluminum fishing boat with rolled on grey Herculiner and every square inch still looks as good as new. Aluminum is tougher then steel as far as prep goes but I followed the tech sheets. That said, you might not be happy with Herculiner since they use rubber granules to make a nonskid surface. Effective but butt ugly and the rubber nubs will eventually show through.
     
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    Flapper disk on angle grinder. Sand those bitches down first.

    Acetone to clean em up. Then follow the proper directions for what ever you want to put on. Me i went with a self etching primer, then Krylon Hammered Black. Shit comes out NICE.
     
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    Hmmm. After looking at those pictures on that link - and what you said - maybe that's not the look I want. Those are... chunkier than I expected. Leaning towards the Hammered Black route now....
     
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    A shutz gun with liner that doesnt contain granules might go on a little smoother. But maybe not much smoother since its designed to have some texture so stuff doesn't slide around. Think it was used as a durable waterproof nonslip coating on industrial and ship decks long before it was used for truck beds.
     
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    After all the advice and self-debate I've come full circle now and decided to just go with the Rustoleum liner spray. One of the complaints I read about hammered black is that it's not really black, but more a dark pewter color. After looking at some photos I can definitely see that. Plus I have doubts about how well a spray paint will hold up on these sliders - considering all the rocks it's going to take.

    Looking around at pictures I think I can see what you mean, but for these things I need to go with function > looks. I've also read conflicting information about top coating this bed liner spray. I read the back of the can and it doesn't say anything about it taking a top coat.

    Anyways, I'll work on it this weekend and let you guys know how it works out.
     
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    I ended up doing 1 can of self-etching primer and 4 cans of Rustoleum bed liner.... and after a single summer the paint job looks like swiss cheese. Pretty disappointed. I took them off today, washed them, and added another can of bed liner to at least cover the holes from the salt, but I don't suspect it'll last very long.

    Has anybody used Line-X on sliders, and is that stuff strong enough to take the rocks? I know it's expensive, but on the other hand I don't feel like taking these things off and painting them every fall.
     

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