Originally Posted by gust_1980
I was hoping to find a thread about this very thing. I just purchased a 2011 overland and wanted to paint the rocker moldings white to match the body. I was hoping this could be done with the existing panels and not have to replace them with newer ones. I know it's textured, but if it were sanded, could it conceivably be painted?
You can use the existing ones. Thats what I'm going to end up doing instead of buying new parts.
You can sand them down smooth but it's a PIA if you do it yourself unless you do that kind of work and then its still a pia lol. I bought the rear bumper step pad textured and sanded it down and it sucked but it worked, that was a small piece too.
You need to find a shop that knows what they are doing. Most will tell you that they are not meant for paint (which they aren't) but they are still paintable if done correctly. I had my textured roof rail moldings painted and they have held up fine.