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Hey folks, I'm new to the forum, just bought myself a 2001 F350 with the 7.3 which I'm in love with. I was wondering what kind of experience you guys and gals have had with the aftermarket steel bumpers, I had one made by Iron Bull on my Ford Ranger and it was awesome.

What I didn't like about it is that the 'Black Shield' coat kept chipping, it would peel away in certain areas, and it would cause it to rust. I have a buddy with a Suburban that has an Iron Cross which he doesn't like for the same reasons.

What is a good brand to go with in terms of build quality? Preferably something where the coat isxmor hardy and won't rust. Pics are appreciated very much appreciated!
 

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I would just get a bare metal bumper of choice, then have it bed lined. Some don't prefer the texture look though
 

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Get whatever bumper you like and have it re-powdercoated yourself. That way when it chips again, you can only blame yourself.

Seriously though, i've dealt with hundreds of powdercoat shops/companies, and VERY FEW can powder anything that doesn't scratch easily, or chip/flake like your saying. And the few that can, are NOT cheap!!
 

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Get whatever bumper you like and have it re-powdercoated yourself. That way when it chips again, you can only blame yourself.
Seriously though, i've dealt with hundreds of powdercoat shops/companies, and VERY FEW can powder anything that doesn't scratch easily, or chip/flake like your saying. And the few that can, are NOT cheap!!
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The biggest problem is (I have seen) that many/most of the "cheap" powder coater's don't properly PRIME the metal before applying the coating.
I use a local company, and they always sandblast, PRIME (with zinc epoxy), and then powder coat. It makes for a really bullet-proof coating...
But it ain't cheap! :surprise:


I have a 14-year old "Buckstop" bumper that is pretty tough. Been real happy with it...
FULL DISCLOSURE: This is NOT my truck, just the same bumper...
 

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The biggest problem is (I have seen) that many/most of the "cheap" powder coater's don't properly PRIME the metal before applying the coating.
I use a local company, and they always sandblast, PRIME (with zinc epoxy), and then powder coat. It makes for a really bullet-proof coating...
But it ain't cheap! :surprise:


I have a 14-year old "Buckstop" bumper that is pretty tough. Been real happy with it...
FULL DISCLOSURE: This is NOT my truck, just the same bumper...
Exactly. I've dealt with a lot of companies that don't even sandblast, they just wipe down with acetone and shoot it. Comes out like total garbage.

My flatbed for example, I had a local place try and powder it, cost me $1000, they sandblasted it and shot it a Satin Black. Its 6 months old and looks like its 22years old. I can scratch it with my thumb nail. Its ridiculous, and I've been pissed ever since.
 

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Get whatever bumper you like and have it re-powdercoated yourself. That way when it chips again, you can only blame yourself.
Seriously though, i've dealt with hundreds of powdercoat shops/companies, and VERY FEW can powder anything that doesn't scratch easily, or chip/flake like your saying. And the few that can, are NOT cheap!!
Man you guys are fast at responding!

See I always thought about doing that, but I just figured those companies knew what they were doing, I mean, they build bumpers for a living.


The biggest problem is (I have seen) that many/most of the "cheap" powder coater's don't properly PRIME the metal before applying the coating.
I use a local company, and they always sandblast, PRIME (with zinc epoxy), and then powder coat. It makes for a really bullet-proof coating...
But it ain't cheap! /forums/images/PowerstrokeNation_2015/smilies/tango_face_surprise.png


I have a 14-year old "Buckstop" bumper that is pretty tough. Been real happy with it...
FULL DISCLOSURE: This is NOT my truck, just the same bumper...
See this is exactly what I'm talking about, I'm 99% sure that with these bedliner coats and such you have to scratch up the metal before you apply the coat, like sand blast it or rub it with an emrey pad or some sandpaper.
 

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Hello and welcome to PSN. Nice truck you have there. Just asking but how 'bout a regular chrome steel bumper?
Thank You! I like the OEM Bumper but I'm planning on mounting a winch as well as some off road lights, I'd also like a brush bar on the front, similar to what I had on my Ranger (Pictured below).
 

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I understand. Good looking Ranger, too. I want to add a couple round LED KC Hilites to the cow-catcher that came on mine but man they are expensive. Right on, buddy. Welcome to PSN.
 

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Hey all,

Bumpers being the subject, does anyone make a OEM style chrome replacement rear bumper for my '04 F-250 2WD but that has the little step in the corners like the Chevy/GMC's do ??

Thanks,
Dan
 

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Hey all,

Bumpers being the subject, does anyone make a OEM style chrome replacement rear bumper for my '04 F-250 2WD but that has the little step in the corners like the Chevy/GMC's do ??

Thanks,
Dan
None that I have seen, maybe someone else has?
 

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I have '04 F-250 in search of a factory chrome rear bumper... What year models 'XX - "XX will fit my truck ??

Thanks !!!!
Dan
 
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