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what finish is better for a bumper?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ross123, Feb 6, 2012.

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which finish will hold up better?

Poll closed Mar 7, 2012.
  1. powder coat

    20 vote(s)
    36.4%
  2. spray on bed liner

    35 vote(s)
    63.6%
  1. Feb 6, 2012 at 2:13 PM
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    ross123

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    just wondering what everyone thinks is the best finish for after market steel bumpers
     
  2. Feb 6, 2012 at 2:18 PM
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    davidpick

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    both have pros and cons. powdercoating is more durable, but when it is scratched/damaged, you have to strip or sandblast and then re-powder. spray-on bedliner is less durable, but much easier to touch up. just depends on what you feel like doing.

    for sliders, i'd definitely go with something easily touched up. if you're going to be off-roading a lot, i'd go with spray-on.
     
  3. Feb 6, 2012 at 2:19 PM
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    Bengland25

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    Voted. I want to line-x mine. just personal preference though man!
     
  4. Feb 6, 2012 at 2:20 PM
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    Zombie Runner

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    depends on what you plan on doing with it.

    powedercoat is good (expensive). hard to touch up.

    line x, rhino line, is ok... expensive, adds weight,

    I always recomend the rustoleum bedliner in the spray can. Ive used it on a grill and my light bar and they have held up great for nearly two years now. the light bar has taken a few dings and mesquite trees too.

    http://www.outdoorpros.com/Prod/Rus...oglebase&cvsfa=1184&cvsfe=2&cvsfhu=3831383335

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Feb 6, 2012 at 2:21 PM
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    Toy Yoda

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    powder coat all day
     
  6. Feb 6, 2012 at 2:30 PM
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    DeeKay21

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    X2. I've used this bed spray product and it looks really good!
     
  7. Feb 6, 2012 at 2:34 PM
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    front or rear?

    what kind/model?

    Not true at all. Powder coat can be touched up just like paint and with paint. use a filler/primer then get color matched paint and walla touched up.

    X2. My front will get it sooner then later. I'm dam tired of taking it off every spring to sand and get rid of 40 rusted up rock dings.

    The rear I'm keeping painted because I drag it everywhere.
     
  8. Feb 6, 2012 at 2:43 PM
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    blackhawke88

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    rattle can, i touch my stuff up all the time and it's easy.

    Powder coat is hit or miss and looks pretty for mall crawlers.
     
  9. Feb 6, 2012 at 5:57 PM
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    well its a front relentless bumper. i fully plan on using this bumper for what its made for. but its also going on my daily driver so i don't want it to look like shit. i think im leaning toward spray on liner just cause of the cost and how easy it is to touch up. but im not sold of either. i wish i could see 1 of each in person
     
  10. Feb 6, 2012 at 6:47 PM
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    The powder coating on my ARB has held up amazingly for several years. It's thick too!
     
  11. Feb 6, 2012 at 7:49 PM
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    DIY spray on bedliner is a bitch to keep clean due to the ridges and bumps they also scratch easily IMO. I have an Avid bar that I used that crap on. Never again. Any thing that rubbed it hard scratched it.

    Linex and the other pro spray on products are rubber based and once you do scratch or tear it the holes are hard to see and the metal rusts from behind.

    With almost 2 years of use regardless of what industrial paint I have used they all chip badly on my Relentless.

    Some say powder coating is for mall crawlers, but that's 100% bogus. I have seen a couple badly beat up ARB's that still have no chips after years and years of use. That's why my mall crawler will get the front powder coated in spring.

    X2. I'm done painting it every year.

    Crawling the mall yesterday
    [​IMG]
     
  12. Feb 6, 2012 at 7:52 PM
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    thats a fucked up mall
     
  13. Feb 6, 2012 at 8:47 PM
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  15. Feb 6, 2012 at 8:55 PM
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    I have my stuff lineX'd. Although it was absurdly expensive, I do like the finish.
     
  16. Feb 7, 2012 at 4:02 AM
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    love the input thx guys. gonna give me something to think about.
     
  17. Feb 7, 2012 at 10:17 AM
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    I see scuffs and scratches, better send that shit in to powder coat again :thumbsup:
     
  18. Feb 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM
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    that's because it's painted :)
    and not some crappy spary paint from HD....it's Sherwin Williams industrial HD paint that was rolled on over their same industrial primer.

    I get that spray paint is good for the guys in the desert. It just won't hold it's weight out here in the salt belt.

    If it was powder coated like an ARB or Demmelio it would be all good (excluded shitty allpoo powdercoating cause it sucks).
     
  19. Feb 7, 2012 at 12:33 PM
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    Two-part Epoxy primer then two part epoxy topcoat. It's as tough as, or tougher than powder coat. An industrial enamel, from a farm supply store, with a hardened mixed in, will be easier to find. The downside is that it takes much longer to fully cure.
    Both are easy to touch up. It's getting the ratios right that's tough.
     
  20. Feb 7, 2012 at 12:37 PM
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    FYI I have an ARB and after one year in the salt belt the powdercoat flaked off and was rusting underneath.
     
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