Paint for Ram Side Steps

Frisk

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I have a set of black Ram Side steps on my 2016 Ram 1500. The steps are holding up well except for the area were by foot goes the paint has worn off. I have the driver's seat set are far back as it will go which means that when I step out of the truck my foot contacts the side step not on the grip pad. Has anybody tried to do a quick touch up on these factory side steps? The dealer looked at me like I was a nut when I asked to buy some touch up paint at the parts counter. I would rather have a perfect match paint so I could just touch up the worn areas rather than have to repaint the entire side steps. If you have touched them up were did you get the paint and do you have the paint code for it?


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Is that chrome showing through? If so theres not much that will permanently cover it. My chrome steps started peeling so I scrubbed them with a wire brush, painted them with bed liner. They started chipping within a month
 
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Is that chrome showing through? If so theres not much that will permanently cover it. My chrome steps started peeling so I scrubbed them with a wire brush, painted them with bed liner. They started chipping within a month
Did you use an etching primer before you sprayed the bed liner? ..what bedliner did you use ... I sprayed my chrome bumpers with raptor bedliner 2 years now and it's hold up ... if you didn't use an etching primer then of course it's going to peel
 

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Did you use an etching primer before you sprayed the bed liner? ..what bedliner did you use ... I sprayed my chrome bumpers with raptor bedliner 2 years now and it's hold up ... if you didn't use an etching primer then of course it's going to peel
Nope. Never thought about it. I thought that scuffing it up pretty good with a wire brush on a hi speed drill would do the trick as the herculiner bedliner can said it wont come off once dry. Ugh.
 
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Nope. Never thought about it. I thought that scuffing it up pretty good with a wire brush on a hi speed drill would do the trick as the herculiner bedliner can said it wont come off once dry. Ugh.
Yeah, because you are spraying metal especially on aluminum and chrome you have to use an etching primer ... try it again and you will be pleased with the outcome ... I love raptor bedliner ... I did my chrome bumpers, grille, bed and the fender flares.... not a single flake or chip on anything of it .... I think I am going to be doing the mirrors next and the bed rails too
 

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Probably a satin or semi gloss. If your going to do it I would do a 2k paint which would be UV resistant and coat in your choice of clear finish (Matt, semi or gloss).
 

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Don't worry about it. Just enjoy the truck. Any other paint you try will wear
off quickly.........
Another thought is get some black duct tape, and just keep applying it over the
step, it may make you feel better..... :cool:
 
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