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Old 10-03-2006
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NEED adivce: painting hitch & step bars

I want to repaint my hitch and step bars. I wondered how i should do this. Regular sandpaper or buy a grinder and go at it. There is some rust on both items and I want to pain them with roll on rhino bed liner for loocks and protection. Any advice would be wonderful as this will be the first time touch my truck. IM in the DIY phase of my life now lol.
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honistly take both of them to the sand blaster remove all the rust and bring it home prep it then spray it with the bed liner crap if you want, thats the only way besides acid dipping to completely get rid of the rust
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I would power wash and scrub with a scotchbrite pad to scuff it up. But I'm in a salt free environment.
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I would power wash and scrub with a scotchbrite pad to scuff it up. But I'm in a salt free environment.
HAHAHA our rust would laugh at you then call you a moron..
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HAHAHA our rust would laugh at you then call you a moron..

I know. I'm in a military area so we get used cars from your neck of the woods. My brother bought a 1993 Saturn that had Northern plates and the oil pan had rust holes all the way through the pan. I'd never seen that before.
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I know. I'm in a military area so we get used cars from your neck of the woods. My brother bought a 1993 Saturn that had Northern plates and the oil pan had rust holes all the way through the pan. I'd never seen that before.
lol 1st problem its a saturn...secound salt...

you tend to see alot of things odd on saturns its a pattern
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I would say sand blast it. If possible have a painting company Powder Coat it. Powder coat is awesome. I use it on all my quad stuff. It can be pricy thought.

Another route is that bed liner spray ina can stuff. Works great!
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figures one of like 2 parts on the saturn that are metal and it rusts. lol.

id go with the powder coating. thatll last forever.
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[QUOTE=RangerBoy03FX4]figures one of like 2 parts on the saturn that are metal and it rusts. lol.
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LMAO I saw a saturn once that got rear ended and it cracked all the way to the front lol. Expensive fix for a 10 MPH crash.
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Saturns are death traps. If the doors won't open by hand they cut the roof off because the jaws of life won't spread plastic.
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haha.. i didnt know saturns were that bad.. when i painted my tow hooks... i used sand paper to get the surface rust off, and acetone, and paint.. i love livin in ga
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The first one we had was t-boned into the drivers side. The lady that t-boned her was going about 50 mph. I was 100% Saturn for my cars until they went to Honda engines and non plastic panels. I loved the plastic. Look down the side of a 10 year old honda and a 10 year old saturn. No door dings on the satun.
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will powder coat rust over time and withstand some rock abuse?

well that would give me choice of colors as well... hmmm

could someone photoshop a photo of some white step bars then some glossy black ones? once i find or take a decent picture.

Now what about the hitch same thing?

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Saturns are death traps. If the doors won't open by hand they cut the roof off because the jaws of life won't spread plastic.
We can still ussualy get the doors open with the jaws. 9 times out of 10 if you are trapped in a car the roof comes off anyways.
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sandblast both parts, tell who ever is doing the blasting to NOT 'just dust off' the step bars. you want a good sand blasting job. tell em you want them CLEAN. might cost alil more, but almost everyone who blasts will just 'dust off' your stuff and then prime it to cover up their crappy job at blasting. so, you gotta be straight up and say, dont just dust em off, CLEAN them. and then u gotta atleast prime them right away or theyll start to rust like crazy with in 24hrs.
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sandblast both parts, tell who ever is doing the blasting to NOT 'just dust off' the step bars. you want a good sand blasting job. tell em you want them CLEAN. might cost alil more, but almost everyone who blasts will just 'dust off' your stuff and then prime it to cover up their crappy job at blasting. so, you gotta be straight up and say, dont just dust em off, CLEAN them. and then u gotta atleast prime them right away or theyll start to rust like crazy with in 24hrs.
there is no company around my area that primers parts when done. they come back to you blasted steel. sounds like to me you have shotty blasting people near you pulling tricks..
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HAHAHA our rust would laugh at you then call you a moron..
lmao.....its' true
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HAHAHA our rust would laugh at you then call you a moron..
HAHA That's funny stuff right there! Zach, you're always making me laugh!
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glad i could help
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Put a wire wheel on your drill and have at it. Once they are down to bare metal, wipe them down with acetone. Give them 2 coats of Rustoleum Rusty metal primer, follow with several coats of Duplicolor spray on bed liner.
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