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Rusty side steps #4719408
04/07/18 11:48 AM
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What do you guys recommend for rusty black powder coated side steps? I tried using a cheap spray can of black rust paint but it didnít even last the winter.


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Re: Rusty side steps [Re: pda1122] #4719420
04/07/18 12:05 PM
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Same experience. Best be if you wanted to spend the money would be to have them sand blasted, then prime and paint them with rust primer and rust paint. You might even then spray them with truck bed liner if you didn't mind the look. Might might be best just to get a new set.

Last edited by Snagglefoot; 04/07/18 12:07 PM.

If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: Rusty side steps [Re: pda1122] #4719425
04/07/18 12:11 PM
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I'd remove them, and then either grind to bare metal, or at least get off any loose flake, ospho/phosphate etch, potentially zinc prime, then paint.

I wouldn't count on anything lasting forever if the original coating didn't last and the metal is that corrosion prone. Perhaps line x or similar...

Re: Rusty side steps [Re: pda1122] #4719672
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Can you protect them at all with mudflaps? Some actually don't look too bad.


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Re: Rusty side steps [Re: pda1122] #4720673
04/08/18 03:36 PM
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Are we talking about running boards or step tubes? If tubes the goods ones finish is warranted for life. The cheaper ones which use cheaper steel are only warranted for a year a two. Once compromised its just best to replace!

Re: Rusty side steps [Re: pda1122] #4721386
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I had a Ford Ranger bumper with the junk aluminum paint that peeled and bubbled. I sanded the whole thing, applied Rustoleum primer and then a flat black paint with a brush. It looked better than factory and it never showed any rust or peeling. I stepped on that bumper loading stuff in the back.


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