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StephenE 05-22-2011 06:28 PM

Step Pad
The color in my step pad was fading to an ashen grey color. I searched around and did not see many options other than replacing it. I did see the carbon fiber (vinyl wrapped) and others that had painted theirs. I decide to paint mine with some bed liner paint I had left over. I am pleased with the results and hope that it will last. It was a lot of work to get the step pad off and the bumper cleaned. I would hate to have to do it again.

99PlatinumWJ 05-22-2011 09:55 PM

Re: Step Pad
I'm about to do this to mine as well. Just curious as to what your cleaning steps were before appling the bed liner..? Did you paint it with anything else first like krylon plastic paint?
Thanks for any advice!

StephenE 05-22-2011 10:41 PM

Re: Step Pad
I used a flap wheel sander on my drill to prepare the backside of the step pad and bumper surfaces. Cleaned both with water then rubbing alcohol.
Similar flap wheel bit:
The bed liner paint is acetone based and will cut through any wax/oil on the plastic and adhere to any paint below. I used RustOleum brand bed liner paint ( in the quart size and painted it on with a brush. I had waxed my Jeep a few days before this and applied generous amounts (of wax) to the step pad. It looked nice for a day then started looking ashen again.

I used a 7/8" x 15ft version of this molding tape(

Frankie 05-22-2011 10:45 PM

Re: Step Pad
Looks really nice man! A+

StephenE 05-22-2011 10:55 PM

Re: Step Pad

Originally Posted by Frankie (Post 419072)
Looks really nice man! A+


Also note, the bed liner is a rubberized coating and it will shine up like your tires will with you preferred tire care product.

scottrn 05-25-2011 03:43 PM

Re: Step Pad
Careful though, that stuff will make the step slick!
Looks great, nice work

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