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Refinishing sliders/steps with bedliner

Discussion in '2.5 Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by krap22, Mar 23, 2022.

  1. Mar 23, 2022 at 6:03 AM
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    krap22

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    I just bought my new (to me) tundra 2 weeks ago. It came with the n-fab podium steps on it. The coating is flaking off. I checked with my local line-X place and they quoted me $425 to finish them (premium line-x because it will be exposed to the sun). I'm assuming a lot of that would be labor to prep them before putting line-x on them. The sad part is i can get a new pair of steps from n-fab for $500 already coated. From my research it doesn't sound like they have good luck with their coating staying on.

    I've looked and i can get a kit from Amazon for $150 (Raptor Truck Bed Liner) I have no problems spraying these myself, but i just want to make sure that what ever i put on it is going to last.

    What have you had put on your sliders/steps and how is it holding up? I'm just looking for options on what to do.
     
  2. Mar 23, 2022 at 6:47 AM
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    Actual use of sliders means they’ll get scraped, dented, and jacked up. I use several cans of Rustoleum every spring to recoat mine along with the rest of the armor - although I probably should start doing it in the fall. Cheap and easy.
     
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    Not sure at this point.
    I have to re-coat a few spots of my WKOR sliders. Going to have to use a wire wheel, sand it down, and then if I want to get fancy with it, then I'll add primer then rustoleum.
     
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    I used Raptor liner on many parts of my truck including the sliders. The flat areas exposed to the sun definitely will fade over time.
     
  5. Mar 23, 2022 at 7:00 AM
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    As much as i would like to off-road more, it's unlikely that they get scraped/dented much from me hitting them. They would more than likely get hit with rocks from the road.

    Other than fading, is it holding up pretty good?
     
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    I used the bedliner stuff from Harbor Freight (forgot the brand) on mine. Did about 3-4 coats with a foam roller. Came out perfect. My step rails were from Amazon and only $200ish. The rubber pad glued to the top was coming off so I stripped them off, sanded down the THIN "powdercoat" and rolled on the bedliner stuff. Still looks new 6 months later. I think the stuff at Harbor Freight is about $50.
     
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    Absolutely. My bumpers were done three years ago. They’re great. I love the stuff. Honestly the fading isn’t that bad. But on my old steps I sprayed, the fading was more prominent on the actual step area where everyone placed their feet.
     
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    That's good news. I think that is the route I'm going to go. I'll start with the steps and then do the bumpers.
     
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    You won’t be disappointed. I used plastidip over the chrome, then primer and Raptor liner. The plastidip prevents the liner from chipping off the chrome.
     
  10. Mar 23, 2022 at 1:49 PM
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    That is interesting that you put plastidip down first. does it stick better to the chrome than the primer or liner?
     
  11. Mar 24, 2022 at 7:24 PM
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    Yes. The liner won’t stick to the chrome for long. People will say to just scuff up the chrome and then use primer. But that won’t last. The plastidip is like a pliable spray that will adhere to the chrome. The liner will stick to it then.
     

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