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Unread 12-15-2014, 10:39 AM   #1
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Angry CURT hitch arrived scratched up - can I paint over powdercoat???

Okay, here's the story:

Researched receiver hitches online, decided on CURT for good reviews and heavy-duty even though I sorta like the way the hidden hitch/draw-tight "look" better.

So I received the CURT and it was in the OEM box and it is obvious they do not pack them well. What should be a beautiful powdercoat is marred by chips and scratches all over it and the CURT sticker was even boogered up! I know "it's just a hitch, but if it has any significant scratches, I prefer them to come by my own hand and not on a "new" product. So, I RMA'd the first one and another arrived in even worse shape! SO I'm stuck on what to do and here are some of the things I'm considering, but I need direction as to what you'd do and why, and also if I can in fact paint or truckbed coat over powder coating? (scuff it first or what?)

OPTIONS I'VE THOUGHT OF:

1.) paint/coat the CURT hitch and just keep it - path of least resistance but pride messes with me because I should not have to do this if ordering a brand new hitch!

2.) get a refund and order another CURT later on in hopes for fresh inventory - more risky too since less and less people making them for WJ now...I believe REESE stopped recently?

3.) order in a Hidden Hitch brand and see if it is in better shape before sending the second CURT hitch back (I have time, thx Amazon!) - if not, I could send either of them back or keep one as a spare

4.) send CURT back for refund right away and just get the Hidden Hitch/Draw Tight brand since I like the "look" better and paint/coat it if it is also poorly finished - the hidden hitch is cheaper made and costs more than the CURT, but the finish is just black paint and would be easier to fix if not perfect from the factory

5.) just use my existing Reese "OEM-style" (p/n 33018) hitch & bezel off my other WJ and replace the bumper on that WJ to a non-tow bumper since the bumper has some damage anyway - more work for me to remove and re-install and cut bumper to fit hitch. The hitch height would also be like OEM instead of below bumper like aftermarket hitches; since this Jeep is lifted I feel the aftermarket CURT/hidden hitch hitch positions the receiver at the proper height vs the Reese OEM-style hitch, but still wanted to mention it as a possible option if you guys like it.

OTHER SUPPORTING INFO:

I know there are some that would say I'm being to particular and it's just a hitch and use it. But there is a margin of error of what I will tolerate for a "new" product. These CURT hitches look like someone hooked them to a pickup and drug them for 50ft down a gravel road before they were boxed at the factory. Just too many dings to ignore, so I'm pissed that I have to come up with my own solution.

HOWEVER, I am not a fan of the high-gloss finish of the CURT powder coat so perhaps truckbed coating or low-gloss black paint would in fact look better. If so, would I just use some sand paper to scuff the finish before painting?

ALSO, if it was you, and you elected to paint or coat either the CURT or another brand of aftermarket hitch, would you prefer paint or truckbed coating? On my ZJ I coated all the skids but I merely painted the hitch when it needed it...I hate decisions where there is no clear best option LOL!

And finally, can anyone comment on the quality of the draw-tight/hidden hitch brand? I like the square-tube look better but if it is a POS, I may as well use the CURT since it is both cheaper and heavier-duty? But if the hidden-hitch is fine, then maybe it is worth it to get the look I prefer and an easier paint job if needed.

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Unread 12-15-2014, 10:15 PM   #2
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nobody?

I guess the short version here is "can I coat or paint over powder coating"?
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Unread 12-15-2014, 11:16 PM   #3
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Well I have a different hitch that goes through the bumper the only one you can get that looks OEM and it had a few scratches just used some rustoleum spray paint looks fine.
Never going to be as good as powder coat but it is going to scratched up eventually anyways.

I do want to say the reese 33018 I really like looks just like factory its harder to do have to remove and cut bumper some but not super hard here is the link for it if you decide to return yours I would get this.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Really up to you if your really not happy with it return if worried about a few scratches I wouldn't and just spray the scratches but its not my rig.

Here is a pic of my reese
reese1.jpg  
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Unread 12-16-2014, 06:13 AM   #4
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I am a certified coatings inspector. Yes, you can paint over the powder coat; you must scuff it up well, 100-grit sandpaper. Make sure you wipe it down with some solvent to remove any grease, oil, wax etc.
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Unread 12-16-2014, 07:55 AM   #5
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Have you considered seeking out the services of a local powder coating business, prepping the one you have, then having them coat it? This way you'll be able to accept or reject the work they performed. Doing this will cut the time and expenses and you'll have what you want, a pristine hitch.
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Unread 12-16-2014, 07:57 AM   #6
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^ Although he's right.. I wouldn't waste time, I'd get a refund and look else where.. that's not a good reference that its a mess before you lay your fair hand on it..definitely return it for sure.. don't waste time..
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Unread 12-16-2014, 08:12 AM   #7
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I agree with MadderThanMax. If you paid for a finished product yet now have to spend money in an attempt to bring it up to par, then you didn't receive what was advertised. Contact CURT and have them swap you with a good quality hitch.
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That's BS get your money back or tell them to send you a new one, don't let then screw you over like that.
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Unread 12-16-2014, 10:04 AM   #9
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I had the same problem.... got off Ebay distributor....they sent pre-paid pickup for it and sent me another one...the other one was just as chipped. I haggled a little and stated I didn't want a third scratched up hitch and they refunded HALF of cost. I bought a can of rustoleum gloss black -- looks / worked great. $75 hitch...can't beat that.
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thanks for all the replies...can I ask the last guy if he scuffed the hitch before painting and if so what brand it was? The REESE is no longer available anyway so I'm stuck with CURT or Draw-tight/Hidden Hitch/U-haul (all the same exact hitch). Thanks again for the opinions...The damage is more than just a few chips so that's why I'm frustrated..."perfect" is good, but "almost perfect" is still acceptable for a hitch. But not an 8" scratch in the powder coat and multiple chips down to bare metal.
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Tell them too send ya $20 back and go buy a couple cans of spray on bed liner and do it up right. Honestly how long do you think the original powder coat was gunna remain nick/scratch free being under the back of you Jeep getting road debre through at it.
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Unread Yesterday, 04:06 PM   #12
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Return it and either get another or a different brand from another retailer. Have them pay for shipping too.. It was damaged before you received it. They have no excuse IMO.. I bought my Reese hitch (its unavailable now??) online and it came scuff free. If you cant find one online, hit the junk yards for an OEM. I bought one for $30.

Spray painting/ DIY bed lining won't hold up for very long compared to the powder coating.
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