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Clear coat to keep shiny or let it go matte?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Leadgolem, Oct 12, 2010.

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Matte or shiny?

Poll closed Nov 11, 2010.
  1. Matte

    14 vote(s)
    73.7%
  2. Shiny

    5 vote(s)
    26.3%
  1. Oct 12, 2010 at 11:05 PM
    #1
    Leadgolem

    Leadgolem [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Herculiner bed liner, White LED instrument lights, Custom painted hood, Homemade leather steering wheel wrap, Avic u310bt gps stereo, 1.5" bushwacker fender flares, 1.25" bilstein lift front, 1" shackle lift rear, rear bilstein 5100 shocks, ridiculous helper spring lift rear, wet okole seat covers, mutilated exhaust, boom mat under hood
    I'm bedlining the bar on the front of my truck. I want to know what you guys think, let it go matte like hurculiner does after a couple weeks or clear coat it to keep it shiny?

    Before, messed up and smooth matte paint.
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    After coating with bedliner. Won't have it installed for a couple days so the liner can dry.
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  2. Oct 13, 2010 at 7:18 AM
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    Nightstr

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  3. Oct 13, 2010 at 9:20 AM
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    Leadgolem

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    Previous owner got in a little bit of an accident. Smashed the drivers side light out and bent the mounting bracket for it. That's why I took it off and cleaned it up. IE: removed rust, primed, and painted with bed liner. I also used a sledge to get the light bracket as straight as it's going to get again.

    What I'm asking here is if you think I should let the bed liner go to a matte finish or clear coat it so it will stay shiny.

    I have replacement lights to put on once the bar is all dry.
     
  4. Oct 13, 2010 at 12:09 PM
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    Madjik_Man

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    Having a shiny bull bar on an otherwise "weathered" truck would stand out IMO
     
  5. Oct 13, 2010 at 6:14 PM
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    Manlaan

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    Shiny screams mall crawler... Shiny Herculiner just looks funny anyway.

    Go with whatever you did in your bed (since your profile says you Herculined it as well) so it matches.
     
  6. Oct 14, 2010 at 6:34 PM
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    Leadgolem

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    Hmm, good points. I'll let it go matte.

    I pulled off the brackets today and used a sledge to, more or less, fix the bent brackets. I need to strip and paint these too before I put them back on.
     
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