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Powder Coat, Line-X or Paint???

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ilovetacos, May 17, 2010.

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Which process should I go with?

Poll closed Aug 15, 2010.
  1. Powder Coat

    17 vote(s)
    34.7%
  2. Line-X

    21 vote(s)
    42.9%
  3. Paint

    11 vote(s)
    22.4%
  1. May 17, 2010 at 8:43 PM
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    ilovetacos

    ilovetacos [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have chrome driving lights that I am going to get either powder coated, Line-X'd or painted black.

    Which process would be the best to go with? Any tips?

    BTW the N Fab Light Bar is Line-X'd


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  2. May 18, 2010 at 8:11 AM
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    ilovetacos

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    Morning bump.
     
  3. May 18, 2010 at 8:29 AM
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    Waikoloa Tacoma

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    Me too, only with the wife. :rolleyes:

    Powder coat all the way.
     
  4. May 18, 2010 at 8:31 AM
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    DeeKay21

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    I would just rattle can them if they are easy enough. Just my $.2:)
     
  5. May 18, 2010 at 8:58 AM
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    ilovetacos

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    I was thinking I would do paint because it would be cheaper but not sure how paint will hold up on chrome.

    Any one have experience on with painting chrome?
     
  6. May 18, 2010 at 9:50 AM
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    Do it once, do it right the first time! Line X Xtra!

    For most small stuff, you can usually just drop it off and they will just spray them whenever they are doing a larger job with the same spray you need. Might take a week or two before you get them back but is way more cost effective!
     
  7. May 18, 2010 at 11:34 AM
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    like Oswego said, DIY. very easy, just take your time and do it right. I blacked out my chrome bumper and all it took was time and about $10 worth of supplies. AND........you get the satisfaction that you did it yourself. :)
     
  8. May 18, 2010 at 4:39 PM
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    opened my eyes.....
     
  9. May 18, 2010 at 6:27 PM
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    I would leave it, but if you want to black it out, I would Line X it. Since you already have some Line X already.
     
  10. May 18, 2010 at 6:29 PM
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    how much did ya pay for the bar to get sprayed with the line x? just took my crossfab one outwill p/u get it tomorrow...
     
  11. May 18, 2010 at 6:36 PM
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    dont know if anybody has ever used any appliance epoxy paint but ive used it on several different types of material and it works great puts a nice thick coat on and almost compares to powder coat comes in spray can
     
  12. May 18, 2010 at 9:01 PM
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    Thanks for the tip!


    Going to go by the Line-X store tomorrow to get a quote.


    Me want no chrome on my truck :D


    I paid $70.00
     
  13. May 18, 2010 at 9:05 PM
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    So I went to 2 local powder coating shops today...The first one I went to said no problem, can do all 4 for $50.00. This is the shop minimum. He said they powder coat chrome all the time for the Harley guys and never have any problems with chipping.

    Went to the second shop and the guy tells me he can't powder coat chrome. The chrome would need to be removed first before he would powder coat them. :confused:

    Tomorrow I am going to stop by the Line-X shop to get a qoute but after taking the lights apart I am not sure if the Line-X will be too thick when i put them back together.
     
  14. May 19, 2010 at 7:58 PM
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    Just an update...

    I went to the Line-X shop to get a quote. They wanted $80 for all 4 which was too high for me.

    I dropped them off at the powder coater, should be done on Monday. All 4 will be done for $50. I am getting them coated with the "wrinkle" finish so they will have some texture like Line-X
     
  15. May 19, 2010 at 8:01 PM
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    i picked line x. id say itll hold up longer, though it will be the most expensive route probably.
     
  16. May 19, 2010 at 8:09 PM
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    spray paint, its not worth the powder coat or line x price just for lights
     
  17. May 26, 2010 at 8:44 PM
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    ilovetacos

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    Got the chrome trim rings powder coated. They turned out great! The wrinkle powder coat texture looks very similar to Line-X

    Not sure if I like the 4 lights. Will probably convert my light bar to hold 3 and center them within the grille.

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