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How are your Avid Light bars holding up to rust

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by chockie, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. Jan 30, 2011 at 2:04 PM
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    chockie

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    Waiting for my Avid Light Bars to be shipped and thinking about how to finish them. I've read most of the posts talking about line-x, rattle can, powdercoating, and spray on bedliners. My question is, for you guys and gals who have had your Avids for awhile now, how are they holding up to rust and how did you finish them? I live near the beach in the mid-atlantic so I am looking for the best rust protection.

    Great site! Did the seat belt beep mod this morning and it worked like a charm on my 08 Indigo Ink DC LB Pre-Runner.:)
     
  2. Jan 30, 2011 at 3:40 PM
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    cantac09

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    i've only had mine for this winter and so far to rust at all but we dont use a lot of salt on our roads.
     
  3. Jan 30, 2011 at 3:50 PM
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    fishshooter

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    Had mine powdercoated this past summer. Lots of beach use, no rust at all.
     
  4. Jan 30, 2011 at 3:54 PM
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    Nightwar

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    I bought the slider bars, they got wet and started rusting over the next week. Got them Line-X, awesome now. Stainless steel gets a little rust on them, and its not u can not get off, just doing it all the time might get old.
     
  5. Jan 30, 2011 at 4:09 PM
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    Here is a pic of what one of the braces looked like at after some moister got to it. It was just on the surface and easy to take off though.

    IMG_0477.jpg
     
  6. Jan 30, 2011 at 4:12 PM
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    rab89

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    well duh, you can't expect bare metal not to rust...
     
  7. Jan 30, 2011 at 4:13 PM
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    fishshooter

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    You know that they are't made of stainless steel, right?
     
  8. Jan 30, 2011 at 4:19 PM
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    I did not. I thought they were though. The welder tig weld them with stainless. We had tried using other weld but it wouldn't stick.
     
  9. Jan 30, 2011 at 4:29 PM
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    chockie

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    cantac09: How did you finish the bars?

    fishshooter: Any special instruction or coating for the powdercoat or just basic powdercoat?

    Thanks for the help everyone!
     
  10. Jan 30, 2011 at 4:34 PM
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    I got a basic, matte black on the light bar, and a black, textured, mil-spec coating on the sliders, since most people that get in use them as steps. The powdercoater will take care of all the prep work. It was actually cheaper to get the bar powdercoated than Rhino or X-lined.
     
  11. Jan 30, 2011 at 7:45 PM
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    Steel, Not Stainless

    I had mine:
    Sand Blasted
    Degreased
    Powdercoat Primer coat - baked
    Powdercoat Color coat - baked
    Powdercoat Clear coat - baked
    Cost more than the light bar
    Better not friggin' rust !!!
    But the Powdercoater told me it will still chip

    You've gotta Seal it with something.
    It's bare steel.
    And if it's already got rust on it,
    get it off before you cover it with anything.



    [​IMG]

    CC
     
  12. Jan 30, 2011 at 8:09 PM
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    MountainEarth

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    Had mine powdercoated. No problems with rust. Brandon caps the ends with welded metal caps (as opposed to plastic tap-ins) which makes a big difference too because it keeps the tubes from rusting from the inside. That being said, as with anything you want to keep looking nice, preventative maintenance is key ... little scratches can become big rust problems if allowed to remain open. I touch up any scratches with anti-rust primer and topcoat as I see them.
     
  13. Jan 31, 2011 at 3:20 PM
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    [​IMG]

    VERY nice!!
     
  14. Jan 31, 2011 at 5:16 PM
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    if you powdercoat it im sure it will be rust free for a long time
     
  15. Oct 15, 2012 at 1:20 PM
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    I have an Avid Light Bar on order and was thinking of first painting it with red oxide and then with Gloss Black Rust Oleum. Do you think that gray auto primer is better then red oxide?
     
  16. Oct 15, 2012 at 7:19 PM
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    Come on guys. No opinion? :confused:
     
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