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Painted the OEM Step Bars!

Finally got to work on this now that the weather is ridiculously warm for February. I sanded the bars down with an air grinder and then went back and hand sanded the tough parts with some 180 grit. After that I washed it all off and whiped down the bars with some solvent and let it dry for a day. Next day: I put two coats of Duplicolor Bed Liner stuff on them and let it bake out in the sun for a good 4-5 hrs. Next day I put them back on! Not a hard fix at all, they just really needed to be repainted from all the scratches and crap on them.

It took me 3 days to do it, but that was just b/c I had a lot of crap to do at school this week. However that worked out pretty well so the lacquer thinner/solvent could do its work and the paint had plenty of time to dry too.

No Bars, I kinda like the look, but I had already done all the work to them so I figured I should put them back on lol.
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Looks great!
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no reinstalled pics? they look much better.
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Looks good!

Where did you get that old Gilbarco gas pump. Pretty neat!
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no reinstalled pics? they look much better.
OH yeah lol. I will get on to that! Thanks!
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Looks good!

Where did you get that old Gilbarco gas pump. Pretty neat!
Thanks man!

Haha I have no idea where my granddad got that old pump. I am pretty sure he picked it up at a swap meet in Pigeon Forge, TN. We usually only buy car parts, but he was like dang I gotta have that to put outside the garage! Sucker weighs a ton!
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Looks great!
Thanks! I think it will hold up a lot better compared to stock b/c of all the rocks that get slung up on them.
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Thanks! I think it will hold up a lot better compared to stock b/c of all the rocks that get slung up on them.
It should for sure, and like I said in the other thread when they do get a little beat up you can just spray some more over top and you'll never tell the difference!
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Yeah man, I like that about that stuff!

Haha I totally noticed tonight when I was cleaning the truck that I had missed a good 10" section on the driver side that is about 1" wide where no paint got on it. Dang I was pissed lol. I guess tomorrow I will cover that whole side of the truck and paint that little section and let it sit for a long time.
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Looks good! But PLEASE the flares off the steppie
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^Thanks!

Haha ah come on man! Those took forever to get on lol.
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I never seen flares on a steppy. Do you got a full pic to show me?
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^ yeah, here's a few close up shots of the ones on the back.

The ones in the back were a PITA to put on. Luckily all the holes that were predrilled on the flares lined up with the stock ones. But after doing that, the top of the flare was sticking a good 1/2" away from the top of the fender. I had to drill two holes at the top of the flare that went through the flare and the fiberglass. Then I got some plastic push pins from Lowe's and cut the head of the push pin in a rectangular shape that looked flush with the flare. Then I simply just pushed the pins in and from then on, I have had zero problems. The push pins themselves are a good 3-4" long in order to get through the flare and into the fiberglass.

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do the plastic pieces of the steps just pop off or is there some special way to take them off? i need to paint mine bc they are badly rusted..
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i do apologize but flares=


pro comp 1069's on the other hand are a win.......
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looks good and rock those flares! Im lookin for a set...
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do the plastic pieces of the steps just pop off or is there some special way to take them off? i need to paint mine bc they are badly rusted..
Yes they do pop right off. Start at the top of one with along screw driver or something thin to pry with. Then just start to work your way down the step bar. The whole plastic piece is flimsy, but the tabs that hold it on are fragile. Just take you're time and you will have no problems.
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i do apologize but flares=


pro comp 1069's on the other hand are a win.......
Why do people be hatin' on my flares!? haha

But thanks about the wheels! Lots people come up and ask me what they are all the time. None of the trucks around where I live have them, so that makes me happy.
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looks good and rock those flares! Im lookin for a set...
Thanks man!

The ones I have on there are the bushwacker oem style ones. Like I said all the holes on the fender and the flare match up well. But after installing the ones on the back, they stuck out big time on the top. I don't think there is any other kind of fix for that, other than what I did. Or just don't put them on there as other haters have said lol.

Good luck if you find a set to put on your truck!
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