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Bumpers: Powder coat vs Rhino Liner

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by ScreamingTaco, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. Mar 19, 2012 at 6:42 AM
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    ScreamingTaco

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    Going to build a couple of bumpers for my truck. Debating between having them powder coated or rhino lined.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Mar 19, 2012 at 9:41 AM
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    Poweder coat looks better and is a bit more durable however you cannot touch it up unless u remove the bumper and pay big bucks to get it fixed. They will both hold up good to rocks and road debris hitting it. Both will get rubbed off by rocks and the like. the bedliner looks a little funny because its so thick but you can do it yourself.
     
  3. Mar 19, 2012 at 10:12 AM
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  4. Mar 19, 2012 at 11:30 AM
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  5. Mar 19, 2012 at 11:40 AM
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    I vote Powder coating, its not as expensive as most would think. I had my ARB bumper powder coated and it was $300. That included sand blasting and burning off the old powder coating in their oven first.

    But, truck bed liner will hide more imperfections. I went this route with a bumper I built for my old 4runner. I rattle canned it first, but didnt like all the grinder marks and other small imperfections that were visable, so I did the DIY truck be liner in a can. Turned out great, and held up well, but it was very hard to clean and keep clean with the texture.
     
  6. Mar 19, 2012 at 11:45 AM
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    Since they both will scratch anyway, I don't see a need for either. I would just do regular paint. If(when) it scratch it is easy to touch up or redo. The bedliner's rough texture is difficult to keep clean, unless you are not concerned about keeping it clean.
     
  7. Mar 19, 2012 at 11:45 AM
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    i had the avid bar line x'd. I just touch it up now with a rattlecan.

    imo i dont find it that difficult to clean. but thats just me
     
  8. Mar 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM
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    Why does EVERYONE say powder coat can't be touched up?

    It can be touched up just like any other finish and it's more durable so it requires less touch up.

    All these people in here say you can't touch it up because they need to sand blast it then re-powder coat it...well lets think here...If I get a chip in my paint on my hood do I sand the entire car down and get it resprayed.....?..... no. I sand down the little spot, fill it, prime it, paint it and walla your all done. You can do the same shit with powder coated parts. Sand, prep, prime, paint...done.

    Ends rant...

    back on topic

    Powder coat front bumper (it takes rock chips great and rarely rubs anything) Look at a 5 year old ARB for reference.

    Spray rear (it always gets hung up and is dragging across shit)
     
  9. Mar 19, 2012 at 2:18 PM
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    Makes sense.
     
  10. Mar 19, 2012 at 2:25 PM
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    x2 .. take a heat gun or powerful hair dryer to powder coat to re-melt it and cover small dings and scratches. No sand, prime, spray required!
     
  11. Mar 19, 2012 at 2:27 PM
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    Duplicolor truck bed liner. I have my sliders and bumpers painted in it - has a slight texture so it's grippy (great for the sliders to step on!) plus it seems a bit tougher than regular paint.

    Plus, it's a spray can - so touch-ups are a breeze.

    It is more expensive than regular rattle can, but if it holds up longer I'm fine with it.
     
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