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Unread 01-21-2008, 10:55 AM   #1
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Painting Rokmen Merc bumper.

I am getting ready to get a Rockmen Merc front bumper for my TJ.

It comes bare metal and was curious how to best go about painting...I am not very good when it comes to painting...in fact I will probably have a friend that is WAY better at it than I am do the work... Did i mention that putting a can of paint in my hand is a really BAD idea? =P

Recently re-painted my faded and rusted door paddle handles...used Rustoleum Fat Black....after sanding, applying some spray on primer,etc Came out looking nice...

I found an article on the net (http://www.jeepsunlimited.com/mambo2...d=88&Itemid=28) where someone painted a Rokmen with Rustoleum Hammered Black. However they first "etched the metal" with some acid based product...then applied primer then the Hammered.

Is the etching really required...and what exactly would be the "acid based product" I should use? I assume its purpose to give the primer something to "stick" too?

Any other advice on how I should go about painting the bumper would be appreciated. Even better would be "An idiots guide to painting a bumper" =P

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Unread 01-21-2008, 10:59 AM   #2
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I used spray on bed liner on my bumper. It held up much better than any spray paint and looks great. Its what most guy are doing.
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Unread 01-21-2008, 11:02 AM   #3
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I think the bed liner would look cool. Might do that to my rear bumper, it's starting to rust.
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Unread 01-21-2008, 11:03 AM   #4
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I used spray on bed liner on my bumper. It held up much better than any spray paint and looks great. Its what most guy are doing.

Not sure I wanna go that route...I have several friends...with Jeeps and Trucks that have had bad luck with spray on bedliner...looks great first few months but then I think our Florida Sun starts to have an effect or something..cause it all started to peel off.
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i sparyed on with a paint gun, some automotive black primer, along with a coat of spray can gloss black, has worked GREAT!
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Unread 01-21-2008, 11:09 AM   #6
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i used rustoleum semi gloss looks good to me
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Unread 01-21-2008, 11:11 AM   #7
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i used rustoleum semi gloss looks good to me
What sorta prep did you do the the bumper besides normal primer/sanding?
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Unread 01-21-2008, 11:19 AM   #8
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rubbed acetone over the hole thing to give it a good cleaning, it dries real fast with no resiude
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Not sure I wanna go that route...I have several friends...with Jeeps and Trucks that have had bad luck with spray on bedliner...looks great first few months but then I think our Florida Sun starts to have an effect or something..cause it all started to peel off.
It's all about the prep. I'm in New York, we may not have the sun all year but I had it on a few vehicles with no problems. I had friend that didn't prep well and it peeled off on them. There are alot of product out there to prep the surface. Just follow whats on the can. Thats what I did and had no problems. Also if it is put on the thick it will peel. If you want it thick ypu have to let it dry for a day, than do a few more coats. The thicker it is the more likly it will peel.
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My uncle has a body shop so I sanded and primed it at then had him paint it. If my uncle didnt own a body shop I would not have a body shop do it. For the price it just isnt worth it. I would just use a rattle can that way you can easily touch it up we needed as well. Also maybe look at Powder Coating?
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I've been waiting on a set of Rokmen for 3 weeks and nothing. Just don't let them sit around when you get them. Acetone them and get paint on them right away.

Edit: Called again and the number work (though still voice mail.)
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I've been waiting on a set of Rokmen for 3 weeks and nothing. I hope they are still around I called the number on the website and it is disco'd.

Just don't let them sit around when you get them. Acetone them and get paint on them right away.
the website http://www.rokmen.com/ works for me just fine
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What do you think of the bumper? I've been looking at picking one up myself.
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Unread 01-21-2008, 04:05 PM   #14
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the website http://www.rokmen.com/ works for me just fine

Didn't say the website was down. Only the phone number which is now working! Got Dave's voicemail.

Edit: Dave just called and stuff is on its way! He's cool!
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NAPA has a really good rattle can self-etching primer that I always use when coating bare metal. Just clean the surface rust off 1st, clean it well (Dupont 3812 S Enamel Reducer is my favorite), and spray a few good coats of the self etching primer (Dupont also makes a good spray gun version).

3812 S is also great for removing stripe, emblem, and body side molding adhesive, road tar, wax, and won't harm your paint, unless it is painted with old school air dried enamel.
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