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Have it painted black 7 36.84%
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Have it painted body color 9 47.37%
Di-Noc vinyl wrap (black carbon fiber) 3 15.79%
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Old 05-12-2011, 05:15 PM
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Re: Rear Bumper Step Pad

linseed oil and paint thinner has kept mine looking good
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Re: Rear Bumper Step Pad

idk if the WJ step pad is the same material as the WK but i decided to give mine a shot. I had a extra can of gloss black engine enamel and decided to use that. Finished with 3 layers of clear and i think it can out pretty well!

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Re: Rear Bumper Step Pad

OK, so I got around to this. Yesterday my new step pad arrived, so I wrapped it in 3m Di-Noc:




The old one got removed...it's attached from underneath the bumper cover with plastic speed nuts. Like this:



So I had to remove the rear bumper cover to get the new one installed. It's not as daunting as it may seem. You've got 4 plastic fasteners under the weatherseal of the hatch, 2 screws...one each by the taillights. You've got more plastic fasteners along each wheel well, and a few underneath that attach it to the gas tank skid. Lastly, there are 2 bolts hidden on the inside of each wheel well, behind the fender liners. With those all removed, the cover will pretty much fall off:



The new one has nipples underneath that line up to holes in the bumper cover. Line them up, and install the nuts from underneath. Tighten them up (not too much...it's just plastic) and then re-install the cover. This is the result:





If I decide later I want it black or painted, I can always remove the vinyl and do that. We'll see how this holds. According to our friend Stonecold, it'll hold up just fine.
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Re: Rear Bumper Step Pad

Looks good
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OK, so I got around to this. Yesterday my new step pad arrived, so I wrapped it in 3m Di-Noc:




The old one got removed...it's attached from underneath the bumper cover with plastic speed nuts. Like this:



So I had to remove the rear bumper cover to get the new one installed. It's not as daunting as it may seem. You've got 4 plastic fasteners under the weatherseal of the hatch, 2 screws...one each by the taillights. You've got more plastic fasteners along each wheel well, and a few underneath that attach it to the gas tank skid. Lastly, there are 2 bolts hidden on the inside of each wheel well, behind the fender liners. With those all removed, the cover will pretty much fall off:



The new one has nipples underneath that line up to holes in the bumper cover. Line them up, and install the nuts from underneath. Tighten them up (not too much...it's just plastic) and then re-install the cover. This is the result:





If I decide later I want it black or painted, I can always remove the vinyl and do that. We'll see how this holds. According to our friend Stonecold, it'll hold up just fine.
And indeed it shall

Looks great!

Mine's been through on of the crappiest winter's we've seen in a long time and survived last summer too. Still looks as good as new. It seems to put up with a fair amount of abuse. I'm renovating my house just now and my Jeep has been transporting building materials for months, so a lot of heavy stuff coming in and out the rear. No visable scuffs or scratches so far It'll still need cleaned every other day though. Nothing seems to stop that step collecting a lot of dust and crud.
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Re: Rear Bumper Step Pad

I voted body color but realise now you've went with CF. Must say it does look pretty darn good.

I'm getting mine color coded next week with other bits as I'm not too big on CF but that does look excellent.
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Re: Rear Bumper Step Pad

nicely done, it looks great! I may need to get my hands on some 3m Di-Noc
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nicely done, it looks great! I may need to get my hands on some 3m Di-Noc
This stuff is awesome...you can wrap pretty much anything you want.

One word of warning...this stuff loves flat or convex surfaces. Anything concave is a PITA, but can still work if it's shallow.
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Re: Rear Bumper Step Pad

Having rear end of my SRT8 worked on next week (rear-ended, destroying my brand-new Black Ops cf steppad)...can anybody recommend specific paint/product and step-by-step process for goin' black w/the factory one I still have(can't afford another CF)?..will probably have my body guy do it for me, but I appreciate any ideas that I can pass on to him...thanks.
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