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Unread 10-29-2012, 09:35 AM   #1
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So im looking for a front bumper and the 3" tube bumpers are popularly sold for cheap on craigslist, mostly in chrome. If i bought a chrome one i would use a die grinder with a sanding wheel to rough up the surface, clean it with acetone and paper towel, and then spray on rustoleum bedliner. Would this work well? ive never sprayed bedliner but i plan on spraying my flares with rustoleum bedliner as well.

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Unread 10-29-2012, 09:54 AM   #2
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Chrome cant be painted, or painted very well. even if roughed up (ive tried). what i would do for chrome is try some bleach or chlorine. let it soak. the acid will eat at the chrome, and when done it will be completly black. once that is done, wash real well then rough it up, then bedline.

but thats alot of work, when the black ones can be had for almost as cheap as the chrome, if not cheaper.
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Unread 10-29-2012, 10:28 AM   #3
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Chrome ones are just generally cheaper on craigslist because they are more popular and somewhat out of style. How hard would it be to sand off the chrome, like through to the metal or to a point where it will stick?
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Unread 10-30-2012, 10:01 AM   #4
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I would sandblast it to give the bedliner something to stick to. Or wet sand with 80 grit paper. Chrome does scratch so it sands but not to well. It only has to be roughed up to stick not to bare metal.

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Unread 10-30-2012, 10:03 AM   #5
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i think if you had a power sander (rotory not palm) and some fairly heavy paper, maybe 300, it should come off with some work. it wouldnt be easy, especially in the corners, but its doable.

chrome is like really thing coating, acid etching it would be better (hence the bleach suggestion). put it in bleach, let it sit for a couple days. should be good
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Unread 10-30-2012, 11:13 AM   #6
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Ok well thanks for all the input, im repainting my previously black spraypainted headlight bezels with rustoleum truck bed coating (bedliner) in aerosol. Sanded off the paint and roughed up the chrome surface real good with 100 grit sandpaper, soap/water and rubbing alcohol. Just put on first coat, gonna put on another coat in a few minutes. This will be a good test for how good it sticks to roughed up chrome, but then again i wont be scraping against rocks/brush with my headlight bezels like i would a bumper.
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