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post #1 of 27 Old 11-03-2010, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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The great powder coat debate

So here's a simple poll.

If you were in the market to purchase a bumper, flares, or rock bars which finish would you prefer if these were your choices.

1. A smoother gloss black finish
2. A textured matte black finish

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post #2 of 27 Old 11-03-2010, 03:31 PM
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Smoooothe flat black. Not a big fan of texture finishes.

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I like the texture. I know it is harder to clean, but I have rhino on my fenders and wrinkle on my bumper and tire carrier.

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I did notice at Jeeptoberfest, that there was a small amount of light reflection off the non textured flares (painted), and my textured will never do that.

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I always prefer bare. Powder coating just gets scraped or scratched. Which means I've got to take it off anyway to repaint it with a rattle can.

Save me the trouble.


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I always prefer bare. Powder coating just gets scraped or scratched. Which means I've got to take it off anyway to repaint it with a rattle can.
X2 Although powder coat will be fine for some people who will never touch it up. A plain semi-gloss or satin powder coat makes touch up easier for those that scratch stuff up. Textured is only good for those that don't scratch stuff up.
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Textured is only good for those that don't scratch stuff up.
thats not true, you can always hit it with flat black and it looks fine.

I like textured. I think if i had a black jeep i would do smooth though
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thats not true, you can always hit it with flat black and it looks fine.
Apart from there's no more texture where it was scratched/rashed.
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GLOSS looks like shit.... very outdated.
TEXTURED is for mall crawlers.... PhilD is right.

Powdercoating is a waste of money for armor, bumpers, and the like.
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I voted for textured flat black, but i kinda agree with phil. I find that flat or satin black is easy to rattle can over and make look pretty good. There should have been a choice for "flat or satin black" instead of "textured."

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Smooth. If I want texture I'll hit it with bedliner myself.

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Apart from there's no more texture where it was scratched/rashed.
you cant tell from 5 feet away
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Smooth 50/50 black.

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I like Gloss Black. I love when people say its a waste of money........ Maybe im a dumbass but i like my rig to look nice and when it does get scratched im cool with it but until then.....
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texture black, i dont personaly like shiny black but thats just me.
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another for textured black.... Same powder coating Jeep uses on their rock rails..

no jeep here...
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another for textured black.... Same powder coating Jeep uses on their rock rails..
i love that texture as well and have duplicolor bed lined many parts lol.
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My bumpers and sliders are coated in semi-gloss black. They've all been touched up with Rustoleum semi-gloss black. Can't tell.

Semi-gloss or matte with no texture.
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My bumpers and rails are covered in scratches and mud...

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Semi-Gloss with no texture.

Looks like these results are really helping you decide between your two choices. lol
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I vote for satin black.

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I like the smooth satin look. I use "Zero Rust non flat" on my bumper and anything underneath.
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Texture powder coat is much tougher than smooth-- at least thats what my PC buddy told me

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Smooth semi OR satin... but NOT gloss.

And FWIW I'm one of the rattlecan crew and would rather start with bare steel and primer/paint it myself. PC is nice BUT it's gonna get fawked up so ease of touch up is a must.

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