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Best coating for skid plates? Paint? Powder?

I just ordered some bare metal skid plates and was wondering what I should do with them as far as coating goes. I am not as concerned about the bottom, since they are going to get beat up, but more the top towards the tranny etc. I was wondering what coating would be the best to get oil and dirt off the easiest. I have a cage that I am going to have painted at a shop, so I was thinking of having the skids painted as well. I am not really too concerned about the price. Thoughts?

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I have found coating to be territory dependant....

I know here in the great white north powdercoating can take a beating with salty winters and rocks, I am blasting and repainting my powdercoated armor that took a beating over the last 2 years this year.... if that is a concern for you you may want to paint..... now this is only my front bumper and poison spyder steel flares, everything else seemed to hold up ok.....

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Rattle can the top and bottom. Not sure if its the best but its the easiest and cheapest to replicate. Rust will be your permanent coating. No matter what you put on it it will come off.

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How does Line-X stand up to being dragged over pointy rocks? I'm sure its strong, but I've not found anything indestructible. I vote for rattle-can or just rolled-on Rustoleum, then sand and touch-up as needed.

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I just rattle canned mine. IF you play in rocks, powder would get beat up (not sure about bedliner, but I think it would too) and it would be hard to touch up.

With a rattle can, you can either just hit it again or sand and repaint them whenever you need to.

I used to have a powder addiction, but I got over it. Sliders, skids, etc just get rattle canned. They're going to get beta up and need to be redone. And spray paint is cheap!!

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Line X tears and peels bad on the rocks. I have seen it rip off of rock rails in huge chunks.

Rust oleum bedliner so you can touch it up.
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I am going to assume they are steel...

Prime with self etching primer then roll on some gatorglide on the outsides. It is easy to touch up and pretty dang slick. Basically it is a silicon epoxy. It wears well but, as any finish will, it will get ripped off on rocks. Nice thing is you can just roll on some touchup. I was quite surprised to see that it was taken off my skids but the primer underneath was left undamaged. Really good stuff. Of course the cheapest and easiest is to simply prime them then rattle can them.
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I was more concerned about the coating on the top of the skid. The last skid plates i had used spray paint really got messed up by oil and dirt and were a pain.

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Rocks don't give two shits what you use--they will remove it. So, spend as little as possible and make touch-up as easy as possible. Rattle can enamel, touch up between runs.
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I was more concerned about the coating on the top of the skid. The last skid plates i had used spray paint really got messed up by oil and dirt and were a pain.
Not being smart, but why does the top matter? No one can see the top and being dirty isn't going to structurally harm the skids.

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Not being smart, but why does the top matter? No one can see the top and being dirty isn't going to structurally harm the skids.
I guess the answer is that I hate digging through crap when I go to clean stuff. I just want something where I can take a power washer in there and clean it out. Rattle can just doesn't last long enough for my taste, which is why I was thinking auto paint or something else.

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Not being smart, but why does the top matter? No one can see the top and being dirty isn't going to structurally harm the skids.
Because skids hold mud,water and dirt and can cause rust. I can absolutely see the reason to do this.

I would just splurge and powdercoat it since it wont see direct contact

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I did the topsides of my skids in undercoating.
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Because skids hold mud,water and dirt and can cause rust. I can absolutely see the reason to do this.

I would just splurge and powdercoat it since it wont see direct contact
That was my inital thought. Thanks.

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That was my inital thought. Thanks.
but i dont know how "flexible" powdercoat is. although it wont see direct contact, if the skid gets bent/caved in, etc. enough i wonder if the powercoating would crack. i've never had anything powdercoated before so it would be nice to know

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but i dont know how "flexible" powdercoat is. although it wont see direct contact, if the skid gets bent/caved in, etc. enough i wonder if the powercoating would crack. i've never had anything powdercoated before so it would be nice to know
They powdercoat springs. I still would not waste money on powdercoating skids.
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rattle can. shoot a good coat of primer then a coat of whatever color you want. dont waste money on anything else, its just going to get messed up.
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