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Hey guys, I was thinking about powder coating my nerf bars. Don’t know which color yet but I was wondering if it will hold up? You guys think the powder coat will rub off or chip from boot rub?
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Mine are powder coated black, as long as it’s prepped well and cured properly it will hold up pretty well. Rocks will scrape and scratch it but you should be good.


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Agree, and it totally depends on where you ride. Dirt trails or track primarily...powder coat will be just fine, it generally holds up well to that (dirt trails is what I encounter most where I ride). Rocky trails however, you are probably best polishing and/or maybe then adding a clear coat otherwise expect the bottoms of the powder coated nerfs to get a bit scratched up. But again it all depends on what you encounter and how much you care about the looks over its function. In the end, do whatever you like, all will be just fine :)
 

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I am not a metallurgist...but my plan is to finish with media blasting. I figure if I use more delicate media I do not believe it causes change in grain structure or anything. I think it would make a nice uniform dull grey finish that you could touch up whenever. Would seem to me far less tedious and stressful than trying to sit there and polish. When the time comes, I was going to strip the black off the bumper and grab bar. I have the RJRs. But they still look nice so no sense in doing so.

That's my plan anyway.
 

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I ride mostly trails and occasionally track, where I ride trails it isn’t rocky, I was more concerned for the boot rub... you bring up a good point of a clear coat. Thanks


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I ride mostly trails and occasionally track, where I ride trails it isn’t rocky, I was more concerned for the boot rub... you bring up a good point of a clear coat. Thanks


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I don’t have much issue with boot rub honestly. It may dull a bit but really doesn’t scratch or chip off. Pegs yes, nerfs hardly at all. Just some food for thought, all have their advantages


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I am not a metallurgist...but my plan is to finish with media blasting. I figure if I use more delicate media I do not believe it causes change in grain structure or anything. I think it would make a nice uniform dull grey finish that you could touch up whenever. Would seem to me far less tedious and stressful than trying to sit there and polish. When the time comes, I was going to strip the black off the bumper and grab bar. I have the RJRs. But they still look nice so no sense in doing so.

That's my plan anyway.


I like the idea of a light media blast, never really gave that much thought. Gets scratched, pull off, blast the spot(s) and bam back to square 1. Could almost give it a casting look or brushed look which would be really cool.

If you end up going this route let us know how it turns out, I’d definitely like to see the finished product.


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I am not a metallurgist...but my plan is to finish with media blasting. I figure if I use more delicate media I do not believe it causes change in grain structure or anything. I think it would make a nice uniform dull grey finish that you could touch up whenever. Would seem to me far less tedious and stressful than trying to sit there and polish. When the time comes, I was going to strip the black off the bumper and grab bar. I have the RJRs. But they still look nice so no sense in doing so.

That's my plan anyway.


I like the idea of a light media blast, never really gave that much thought. Gets scratched, pull off, blast the spot(s) and bam back to square 1. Could almost give it a casting look or brushed look which would be really cool.

If you end up going this route let us know how it turns out, I’d definitely like to see the finished product.


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And on Amazon you can get little hand held media hoppers that run on low CFMs of any basic compressor and walnut or soda at harbor freight for good price. You can touch up outside and not even pollute if no paint is there. Even still...I think powder coat non toxic and inert.

I got the hopper just haven't tried it yet. You could easily touch up while on machine too.
 
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