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    Hi guys, looking for some advice... My car has chrome side steps and a chrome nudge bar, and I'm toying with the idea of painting them black. Am I correct in guessing it can be done DIY, with a good sanding, some etch primer then paint and clear?

    If you've done something similar please post pics and give me some tips

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    Default Re: Painting chrome?

    Use Plastidip, fantastic stuff and if done correctly it is very durable.
    Do a search on YouTube, loads of tutorials and the best thing is that you can peel it off
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    Default Re: Painting chrome?

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtshark View Post
    Use Plastidip, fantastic stuff and if done correctly it is very durable.
    Do a search on YouTube, loads of tutorials and the best thing is that you can peel it off
    Agree. And if you don't like the look after the plastidip, peel it off.
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    Default Re: Painting chrome?

    Powercoat them..it will last much longer than any other option..I have done plenty of motorcycle parts and have never had an issue..Just chose a decent powder coating business
    Well,that depends on whether you can do entire panels,and not just filling in sections
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    Default Re: Painting chrome?

    Agreed on the PlastiDip.
    I've DIY'd all the chrome bits on the stoflap.
    I personally don't like the chrome look.

    You can get inexpensive spray-cans and give it a go, before deciding on a more permanent method.

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    Default Re: Painting chrome?

    The best solution would have been to de-chrome the parts by electrolysis, but the size of the parts make that very difficult.
    I think both Plastidip and Powder Coat will soon start looking a bit tatty.
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    Default Re: Painting chrome?

    Are they mild steel that's chromed or polished S/s?

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    Default Re: Painting chrome?

    You don't need to dechrome then since most of the "chrome" parts are just polished stainless. Powdercoat or prep properly just like any steel.
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    Default Re: Painting chrome?

    Is wrapping not an option?
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    Default Re: Painting chrome?

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtshark View Post
    Use Plastidip, fantastic stuff and if done correctly it is very durable.
    Do a search on YouTube, loads of tutorials and the best thing is that you can peel it off
    I used Plastidip on a set of wheels a couple years ago, longevity wasn't great so not sure how the nudge bar would withstand stonechips and how the dip would hold up on the sidesteps with my kid using them daily to help climb in.

    I thought of paint as I can get a gloss finish and I want it to be permanent. Badges and grill however will be Plastidipped shortly to further black out the rest of the chrome.

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    Default Re: Painting chrome?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.G View Post
    Powercoat them..it will last much longer than any other option..I have done plenty of motorcycle parts and have never had an issue..Just chose a decent powder coating business
    Well,that depends on whether you can do entire panels,and not just filling in sections
    Too expensive and I'm more of a DIY guy

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    Default Re: Painting chrome?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    Are they mild steel that's chromed or polished S/s?
    No idea, how would one tell the difference?

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    Default Re: Painting chrome?

    Quote Originally Posted by MarshallGTi View Post
    No idea, how would one tell the difference?
    Test it with a magnet. S/S is not magnetic
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    Default Re: Painting chrome?

    I sell nudge bars etc. I have yet to see an SA manufacturer chrome any of these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wicd View Post
    I sell nudge bars etc. I have yet to see an SA manufacturer chrome any of these.
    So check with a magnet, its s/s if it doesn't stick, then I can just scuff/etch prime/paint/done ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarshallGTi View Post
    So check with a magnet, its s/s if it doesn't stick, then I can just scuff/etch prime/paint/done ?
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    Default Re: Painting chrome?

    Wrt test with a magnet... A magnet will stick to stainless steel ..... Depending on purity of stainless steel.
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    Default Re: Painting chrome?

    Quote Originally Posted by hunter26 View Post
    Wrt test with a magnet... A magnet will stick to stainless steel ..... Depending on purity of stainless steel.
    Yes lower grades of Ss is magnetic.
    Op try post a pic, we'll soon be able to tell. Pic close up and wide.

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    Default Re: Painting chrome?

    So the side steps and main "hoop" of the nudge bar are of no interest to a magnet, but the bit of the nudge bar with the logo cut out of it does stick.

    Any recomendations as to a decent DIY paint and primer? Was thinking maybe something like Duram NS5?

    https://leroymerlin.co.za/duram-ns5-...iABEgK4rPD_BwE

    https://www.chamberlains.co.za/plasc...iABEgKxQvD_BwE
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    Default Re: Painting chrome?

    Etching primer is going to have little effect on polished stainless, if you are set on painting then you are going to have key it proper!!
    If you do go the DIY spraypaint route then spend a bit more and get Rustoleum - IMO its the best rattlecan paint available here!!
    Last edited by dirtshark; 2021/04/21 at 11:56 AM.
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