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I am going to paint my sliders silver. What shade of Krylon or Rustoleum matches the silver trim on the truck? And who wants to volunteer a driveway for me to overspray in the south OC area? I need to find space to do it.
 

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I painted mine with Rustoleum primer then black semigloss. After the first trail run, there was some pitting. Now, After Mojave, a couple Cleghorns, some Wildomars, Indian Truck Trails, Big Bears, Angelus National Forests, and Gormans, all the paint on every forward facing surface has been replaced by rust. The tires will kick up sand and essentially sandblast the paint right off. I suggest powder coat or at a minimum, baking your enamel paint. Poormans baking would be a closed garage, heater and several flood lights positioned right above the freshly painted surface for hours.
 

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duracoat bedliner.

i know it ain't silver, so if you absolutely must have anything other than black, this probably won't work for you. it isn't as durable as some other spray-on liners, but it is super easy to touch up. i scratched the hell out of mine on the last Miller Jeep run, just washed the sliders down yesterday, and sprayed some back on...good as new. it definitely won't hold up against rocks when sliding over them, but IMO, it's a good alternative over spray paint, especially when no primer is needed.

i haven't tried herculiner, but it should do a similar job, if not better, to duracoat's bedliner. doesn't come in silver, but the gray might be close enough. the sliders get all covered with dirt and sand anyways, so unless you keep your FJ clean all the time...

http://www.247autoparts.com/store/herculiner.html
 

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FJ-Piper said:
I painted mine with Rustoleum primer then black semigloss. After the first trail run, there was some pitting. Now, After Mojave, a couple Cleghorns, some Wildomars, Indian Truck Trails, Big Bears, Angelus National Forests, and Gormans, all the paint on every forward facing surface has been replaced by rust. The tires will kick up sand and essentially sandblast the paint right off. I suggest powder coat or at a minimum, baking your enamel paint. Poormans baking would be a closed garage, heater and several flood lights positioned right above the freshly painted surface for hours.
biggest problem with powdercoat is what to do when the finish gets damaged, which it will if sliders see any rocks. then you're back to painting unless you dish out the expense to powdercoat again.
 

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Yes, but, it's just little scrapes to touch up at that point. My sliders are COMPLETELY bare and rusted. Bottom and forward facing. This started after the second time out and when I hit Mojave, it was all over with. They looked like they came out of the Bead Blaster.

Next time mine come off, i will have them powder coated.

Another thought I could try is to wrap those forward facing surfaces in vinyl. I wonder how that would hold up?
 
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I was going to suggest vinyl...ya beat me to it. But make sure the metal is protected with a good coat of primer/paint before the vinyl is applied.
 

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it looks like the question is now is do we want to protect from sand blasting or rocks scrapes more. Back to considering powdercoating.
 

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As much as I HATE sending topics to Blue, this is definitely one that has been addressed there. Did you find anything there or even look?
 

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it looks like the question is now is do we want to protect from sand blasting or rocks scrapes more. Back to considering powdercoating.
there is nothing you can do to protect from rock scrapes, no finish will. it boils down to ease and expense in touching up after the fact.

if you don't mind the expense and trouble in touching up powdercoat, that will probably be the best finish for you, especially since you can choose the exact color you want.

myself, the sliders serve a purpose, and will need constant touching up. as such, powdercoat is not a viable solution for me, bedliner is.

if you want an alternative to powdercoat, take a look at Line-X...custom colors, and far more durable than these off the shelf bedliners or paint.
 

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Yes, but, it's just little scrapes to touch up at that point. My sliders are COMPLETELY bare and rusted. Bottom and forward facing. This started after the second time out and when I hit Mojave, it was all over with. They looked like they came out of the Bead Blaster.

Next time mine come off, i will have them powder coated.

Another thought I could try is to wrap those forward facing surfaces in vinyl. I wonder how that would hold up?
not if you run them over/around rocks. ;)
 

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True, however, do you think Hans is going to do hard core rock crawling? lol He can barely make it to a trail run at 3N59A. ;D
 

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True, however, do you think Hans is going to do hard core rock crawling? lol He can barely make it to a trail run at 3N59A. ;D
Powdercoat it is! Although, Line-X is pretty sweet too because it offers you some friction on those sliders...for those few and far between days when it actually rains in SoCal.
 

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i prefer bedliner, its cheap in a can and can be retouched fairly easily and holds up better than a rattle can, but if you can afford it, powder coat ;D
 

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Hans, if you need a place to spray, you can use my garage. I've got some big rugs over the concrete, so we'll just pull them back and spray away. Whatever color you use should look nice with the red and black I've got there now. ;D
 
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