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I have a 2013 Ram 2500 Laramie longhorn. It has the chrome bumpers, tow mirrors and door handles. I would like to get them all in the body color, white. I had a 2009 Ram 1500 sport before and liked the one tone body color. Our local bodyshop says i cant get the chrome off and paint the stock parts and that id have to get replacement parts to paint.

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I have a 2013 Ram 2500 Laramie longhorn. It has the chrome bumpers, tow mirrors and door handles. I would like to get them all in the body color, white. I had a 2009 Ram 1500 sport before and liked the one tone body color. Our local bodyshop says i cant get the chrome off and paint the stock parts and that id have to get replacement parts to paint.

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It's too bad you don't have a 1500 and were closer. I've been wanting to trade my color-matched bumpers for chrome bumpers on my 2013 Longhorn.
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You can paint anything ... and anything is possible ... ... Why cant it be primed and sanded ?
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It's too bad we aren't closer to each other. I've been wanting to trade my color-matched bumpers for chrome bumpers on my 2013 Longhorn.
OP has a 2500, I'm assuming you have a 1500. Swapping isn't possible.

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You can paint anything ... and anything is possible ... ... Why cant it be primed and sanded ?
You can paint it, but that doesn't mean it will last.....

OP, you will have to order paintable parts from either your dealer or online to do the job right.
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I agree that painting the chrome wont hold up. I wanted to do the same on my 08 and my dad who is a body man wouldnt do it for that reason. I just bought painted door handles for express and had the mirrors painted too
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I never said it wouldn't last lol ... but why wont it stick I would like more knowledge on this topic
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I'm in no way a paint expert but I will chime in my thoughts on it. Chrome is just too smooth of a surface. You won't be able to rough it up enough to actually get any paint to bond to it properly. With how many rocks and debris hit the front bumper it will start looking like crap in no time. Just chipping and flaking off. The mirrors and door handles might be a little better since they're chromed plastic but it still won't be great. IMO there's no point in being cheap over things like that on a $50k + truck. Spend the money and do it right if you really want it done.
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in order to pant the chrome you have to chemical dip the chrome parts, then you have to use special additives and catalists to the epoxy primer to make sure a chemical bond between the parts and the paint forms. If you don't get the chemical bond, anything can scratch the paint right off the one chromed part. And if you don't chemical dip the part to remove the chrome and just try to paint over it, the paint won't adhere to the part being painted, and will flake off relatively quickly.

For the amount of time it would take to do the prep work on the chrome parts, you could have bought the paintable parts for half the cost. To get a bumper Chemical dipped here is 750 bucks plus leighbor. just to give you a rough idea.
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I have been looking into getting my chrome bumpers -> black ..

My local powdercoater won't do it 'cuz he says they need to be sandblasted to get all the chrome off,
and he can't guarantee the results,,

but I found this (stolen from (ahem F150 forum) http://www.***************/forums/ar...nt-chrome.html)

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Here is a step by step tired and tested method for painting chrome.

1. Clean Chrome surface with brake clean to remove the grime (break clean will not leave any residue).
2. Wipe off any left over brake clean and blow any areas that could hold brake clean with air.
3. Follow this by an ammonia base window cleaner.
4. Next mask off any areas that will not be paint as the next step involves abrasives.
5. Using a red scotch brite pad scuff all surfaces to be painted. You can use sandpaper if you like just keep it fine 120 grit and up. You dont want to sand through the chrome just scuff it up.
6. Now use a reducer to draw out any containments that have been pushed into the scratches while sanding. Make sure the surfaces to be painted is very clean as paint will not stick if not.
7. Re-mask areas that are not to be painted. Use green painters tape as it is thinner and will look much better.
8. Now the hardest part about painting chrome is adhesion. The best stuff on the market for this is House of Kolor APO-1 Adhesion Promoter. Now make sure to lay this stuff down thin as if you put to much on it will act as a delaminator. Good rule of thumb is a nice medium wet coat. Let dry for 10 minutes before laying down next part.
9. Next use PPG DP90 Sealer which is a non-etching sealer the reason for this is because an etching sealer will work against the Adhesion Promoter. Lay down a single coat of the sealer. Again you dont want alot of build up. Let dry for about 30 minutes.
10. Next lay down a single coat of your base. Let dry for 20 minutes.
11. Finally lay down two coats of clear.
12. Now enjoy those newly painted parts for many years to come.
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Makes much more sense now. Thanks
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