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Unread 09-22-2003, 10:01 PM   #1
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gloss black or textured finish for a bumper?

For the same price on most bumpers you can get either a matte/textured or a glossy finish for black painted ones. I need a new rear bumper after someone hit my rear end. I used to have a smittybuilt tube bumper on my 90 YJ and it held up great. I need a new bumper either way and I figure since I want a hitch so I can mount a rear tow point, I might as well get this tube bumper since a lot of the warn style receiver bumpers arent rated for towing, just accessories. I see a lot of the textured finish bumpers on the road with a lot of rust, is this just because they are cheap ones or does the gloss help protect the metal from rusting (I live in Maryland and they use a lot of salt on our roads in winter)? I am getting the ARB bull bar for the front which looks like its closer to the matte finish, I want both to match but I'll sacrifice that for longevity of the bumper.

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If I had a choice between the two finishes, I would go for a glossy paint, just because it's easier to clean.
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The gloss would probably be easier to clean, but the strength of the finish comes with the materials. Gloss is not going to be better than matte based on finish. (ie: gloss krylon vs. matte powdercoat). I believe the Bullbar is a low gloss smooth finish. Also if you go tube, I know you have owned before, but just be sure the tubes are sealed to avoid moisture/water intrusion which will create internal rust that will come through.

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If it were me, I'd go textured and not give the gloss a second thought. Plus when gloss starts getting screwed up and looking bad, it REALLY looks bad.
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If it were me, I'd go textured and not give the gloss a second thought. Plus when gloss starts getting screwed up and looking bad, it REALLY looks bad.
What kind of paint do you guys recommend? I read about a hammered krylon or hammerite paint. Is this a textured paint or something? I too am trying to decide whether to order my bumer and skidz powdercoated or naked....

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What kind of paint do you guys recommend? I read about a hammered krylon or hammerite paint. Is this a textured paint or something? I too am trying to decide whether to order my bumer and skidz powdercoated or naked....

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I used the Rustoleum "Hammered" I like the look, but it takes forever to dry. I did 3 coats in 24 hrs and they were not completly dry, so it is flaking in some spots, and I need to re do it.

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