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Have it painted black 7 36.84%
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Old 05-05-2011, 09:13 PM
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Rear Bumper Step Pad

OK, so I've got a bad case of the ashy rear bumper step pad. I've tried all the dressings and cleaners and am not satisified with the results.

I found new ones online cheap, so I ordered a replacement.

What would you guys suggest I do to it before installing it so I don't run into the same issue?

Keep in mind, winters here suck...bad.
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Old 05-05-2011, 09:44 PM
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Re: Rear Bumper Step Pad

I would clean up the old piece and spray with gloss black fusion and see how long it lasts. gloss will look better in my opinion.

Clean it with lacquer thinner, then scuff pad, then with lacquer thinner clean again, then gloss black fusion.
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Re: Rear Bumper Step Pad

I was gonna...but...if you only knew the amount of product I've used to try to revive this thing, you'd know there is no way I could get it stripped down enough to spray it and expect the paint to adhere.

I actually took it off and cleaned it with dish soap, then mineral spirits. Let it dry, wiped it down with alcohol...let it dry,then tried wrapping it and nothing would stick. Too much silicone crapola in the pores of the plastic I guess. So for $40, I just ordered a new one.
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Re: Rear Bumper Step Pad

c/f bro...
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Re: Rear Bumper Step Pad

was thinking the same thing about my rear step pad today. What i planning to do to mine is to paint it body color. degrease,sand,prime,basecoat and clear it. would love the c/f but i always have things going in and out of the trunk so it might scratch/ruin the c/f.
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Re: Rear Bumper Step Pad

I'm not as worried about scratching as I am about sun fading and durability against salt and grime in the winter.

My problem with paint is if you chip it, you're screwed. If the vinyl gets effed up, I peel it off an re-wrap it. I'm just not sure on the durability of the stuff. I have it in my interior and it's great...but I don't know how it holds up to the elements.
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Re: Rear Bumper Step Pad

just have to get automotive vinyl meant for the exterior
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Re: Rear Bumper Step Pad

I believe Di-Noc is...but what the mfg says and how it actually holds up are usually 2 different things. Anyone out there with Di-noc wrapped exterior pieces that see some crappy weather?
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Re: Rear Bumper Step Pad

when i had my WJ i went through the rear pad twice...

the first time was cause i got tired of the grey faded look of the stock one- like you here. the next one i had to buy was cause the replacement i bought came a bit smaller on the both ends and doesnt match up quite as nice as the OEM piece... so i ordered another one OEM and it was perfect fit.

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I Vote black. Damn you're gonna make me look at mine today. lol
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I Vote black. Damn you're gonna make me look at mine today. lol
You're probably ok...

I don't know what they made the WJ ones out of, but they are terrible for fading. The bleach out from the sun and WE DON'T EVEN HAVE ANY FRIGGIN SUN IN CLEVELAND.

My wife's WK shows no signs of wear..
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Re: Rear Bumper Step Pad

If you have an off-road set up, Rhino Line or Line X it.
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