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donjuandr
05-04-2010, 05:38 PM
Hi,

Just purchased a 2009 Ram 1500 SLT and would like to get the chrome bumpers powder coated in black. Can that be done?

If not, anyone interested in swapping ...chrome for black? Mine does not have no fog lights inserts.

Thanks,
John

GTyankee
05-04-2010, 05:55 PM
powder coaters will sandblast your bumper & shoot it any color that you wish, any finish that you decide, flat or gloss, if you wanted it to look like it has flakes in it, they do that too ( sort of like candy apple )
my Harley gas tanks are gloss black with flakes that are blue, green, purple, etc & it was applied on by powder coating
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CdnoilRAM
05-04-2010, 09:58 PM
Yup, you can get it powdercoated, they will media-blast it before they coat it.

erm
05-04-2010, 10:08 PM
They will media blast or, in some cases if they have a source and you want them to do it, strip the chrome off of the bumper before they prep and powdercoat.

Ruffian11
05-05-2010, 03:13 AM
Ya like everyone said it can be done! you should really check into someone wanting to do a straight across trade though! There is a lot of people that like the chrome that want while there are those...like you...look for body matched parts,it could save lots of money and effort! :smileup:

donjuandr
05-05-2010, 07:27 AM
Ya like everyone said it can be done! you should really check into someone wanting to do a straight across trade though! There is a lot of people that like the chrome that want while there are those...like you...look for body matched parts,it could save lots of money and effort! :smileup:

Swapping sounds like a much better option. I can't post anything under "sell and trade" yet so is there any other section you would recommend? Do you know when I'm allowed to post? Or can you do me a favor and post a link to this thread under selling and trade and give it a "swapping chrome for black bumpers, 09 Ram 1500 SLT 4x4" title. I can post pictures here.:smileup:

Either way....thanx!

erm
05-05-2010, 08:56 AM
Just keep posting, donjuandr. Once you hit Senior Member status (75 posts) you can post up a new FS or WTB or Trade thread in that section.

droshemiram
05-05-2010, 11:17 AM
you should find out how much they will have to charge you In most cases a paintable or aftermarket bumper cost less.

volcom54626
05-05-2010, 02:57 PM
Ya just powdercoat it. You have to take it off either way, and it should be cheap. I had mine done for $45(each)

GTyankee
05-05-2010, 03:14 PM
another option is to have it sprayed with Line_X XTRA

MOPAR MULiSHA
05-08-2010, 12:32 AM
Ya just powdercoat it. You have to take it off either way, and it should be cheap. I had mine done for $45(each)

damn dude I gotta go to your place! I was quoted at $350 for both to get them PC in Mineral Gray.

But I'm going the Line-X route :-)

Kdubag
01-26-2012, 02:02 PM
damn dude I gotta go to your place! I was quoted at $350 for both to get them PC in Mineral Gray.

But I'm going the Line-X route :-)

Brought this thread back b/c I'm thinking the same thing. I have a mineral grey Ram and thinking about either powder coating my chrome bumpers or getting them Line-X'ed.

Do you or anybody else have a picture of a bumper thats been line-x (preferably on a grey ram).

TIA

Morlow
02-01-2012, 09:26 PM
I am wanting to do the same thing to my bumpers (powder coat them) but I also called our local Line-X shop and they said they don't guarantee that Line-X will stick to chrome, plus I was quoted at least $500 for just the bumpers. If it doesn't stick you are out the money. I was quoted $150 to powder coat both bumpers and there shouldn't be any problem with sticking.

Bennett15
02-03-2012, 02:32 AM
thing about powdercoating your bumpers or wheels the better condition the surface the better the powdercoat will turn out if your bumper has pitting or rock chips they will show through no body filler or bondo can put put on either so get it done before it gets to the point you cant

GTyankee
02-03-2012, 02:48 AM
anything powder coated is well prepped, usually by sand blasting, before they apply the powder

if you are going to have anything like bumpers Linex-ed, it should also be prepped with sandblasting or some similar prep

Almond 04
02-05-2012, 03:03 PM
Saw this thread figured I could throw my .02 in there. I work at a chrome plating shop and have a friend who does Powder for us sometimes.
It is better to have the chrome stripped of chemicaly to the Nickel underneath before blasting. Nickel is thicker and more durable than the chrome and less likley to peel or lift during blasting with pressure. Sure lifting or peeling won't happen on every bumper but it has happened. Usually from poor adheshion between the nickel & chrome from the factory.
High pressure "sand" blasting is not really needed on a good no pit plated bumper. Sand is course and can leave pits or become impregnated into the metal or lift/peel pating from friction.
Look for some other type of media blaster like baking soda or glass beading.

There are many ways to go about it.

moparornocar72
02-05-2012, 03:18 PM
What about vinyl wrapping? I know u would have to deal with rock chips eventually, but wouldn't it be cheaper?