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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-23-2009, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Sprayed running boards

I have to give credit to Jvencius for this idea. I would not have had the guts to do it if I hadn't seen what his looked like. I sprayed the chrome running boards on my F250 this weekend and I think it looks great. I plan to doing the bumpers soon. This was very easy to do.
1) removed the running boards from the truck and removed the plastic steps from the boards
2) with some 50 grit sandpaper I sanded the metal to remove nicks and to roughen the surface. Then I clean the surface with acetone and dried the metal.
3) with some Rustoleum primer I sprayed a nice even coat on the boards
4) I used Rustoleum Truck Bed Liner is a rattlecan but you could use any brand and probably use the roll on kind as well. I painted 2 coats of the bed liner on each board. It took 3 cans of the spray to get 2 good coats. It does not last as long as you would expect.
5) allow to dry for a good 24 hours and reinstall

Really easy project but makes the boards look so much better. The chrome seemed to stay dingy looking from all the scratches.
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I think it looks great, Griff.

Thanks for the pics and the step-by-step.

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That looks sweet. How were the rubber step pads held on?
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They each just have 2 #20 torx screws holding them on. Took them off before prep and paint, then just put them back on. They are faded and I thought about painting them but I'm afraid the pain would not stick, they are rubber.
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One more question. What did you use for primer? Was it something special for the spray on liner stuff?
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I just used regular primer I bought at Auto Zone. It is rustoleum auto primer if that makes a difference. And I just used 50 grit sandpaper for metal. I bought sanding discs for my air grinder but it was late and I was afraid to getting the neighbors mad. If it fails, I think the sanding is the problem. I did not remove all of the chrome, we'll see what happens.
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haha, thats funny! i have the exact same truck (same colors) and i am right in the middle of doing the same thing
except my bolts that hold on the bars are tottaly shot and now i have to use bolts and nuts. which i have to weld up a BIG long wrench to get the middle ones. at least now i know what it will look like and i like it! looks good.
i am going to grind off all the chrome that is on there and rough it up so the liner i am using will stick. i am doing them with herculiner as that is what i put on the bottom of my truck.

again, looks good
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Clarence, post pics of your truck with the herculiner on the bottom. I want to do that also like a lot of guys on here. Does it get dirty looking? I know guys with the bed lined and the liner traps mud and looks "stained".
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