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So I would like to paint my step bars (factory) with bed liner (Dupli-color?)
Should I remove the plastic end caps and step covers? Are they easy to remove? Or shoul I just paint over them too?

Planning on coating my fender flares too.

What would be the best coating to use also?

Sorry for all the questions :ftard: Just want to do it right.

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You don't need to remove the plastic covers. It will actually give you more grip on the pads. Do not use the Dupli-color. Get the Rustoleum!!!! (you can get it from wal-mart).
 

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I did my westins and I just sprayed over the plastic. I used rustoleum it seems to hold up better than the duplicrap lol

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How is the finish on the Rustoleum, glossy/flat? Will it hold up to crappy salty NJ winters?

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Its kinda a satin finish and as far as it holding up idk mine didnt do the best but I drive on alot of crappy oil field roads and plan on respraying them when it warms up

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Its kinda a satin finish and as far as it holding up idk mine didnt do the best but I drive on alot of crappy oil field roads and plan on respraying them when it warms up

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Oh come on, the roads aren't that crappy around here!! JK, there actually horrible! Here's a pic of mine, just did them 2 weeks ago with rustoleum. painted the endcaps but taped around the rubber pads
 

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Oh come on, the roads aren't that crappy around here!! JK, there actually horrible! Here's a pic of mine, just did them 2 weeks ago with rustoleum. painted the endcaps but taped around the rubber pads
They look good! Thanks for the pics.

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Well heres what my truck looks like

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Yeah those roads out there are pretty shi$%y right now, and going to get worse, at least it LOOKS like your having fun! Just think in a couple months they'll be dryer than a bone, kicking up mile long dust clouds.
 

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I can only hope that way I dont gotta keep pulling trucks out of the ditch.

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Hello,

So I would like to paint my step bars (factory) with bed liner (Dupli-color?)
Should I remove the plastic end caps and step covers? Are they easy to remove? Or shoul I just paint over them too?

Planning on coating my fender flares too.

What would be the best coating to use also?

Sorry for all the questions :ftard: Just want to do it right.

TIA,
Fredy
I asked the same question a few weeks ago and got the same answers. I want to do it but only if I can remove the end caps and step pads. So far no one has chimed in to say if it's even possible to remove them without F'ing them up.
 

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I asked the same question a few weeks ago and got the same answers. I want to do it but only if I can remove the end caps and step pads. So far no one has chimed in to say if it's even possible to remove them without F'ing them up.
Painters tape. Take it off immediately after spraying your last coat of bedliner. Wait about 20 seconds between coats.
 

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I asked the same question a few weeks ago and got the same answers. I want to do it but only if I can remove the end caps and step pads. So far no one has chimed in to say if it's even possible to remove them without F'ing them up.
I know you can buy replacement pads and caps. The concern I have is that they might not fit after the bars are coated? I would imagine the thicknes of the bed liner would prohibit the pads to clip back in?

I never thought Rustoleum would be better than Dupli-color?

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No matter how good you are with that painters tape, your still going to have a less than perfect line where the bedliner meets the pad. I'm going to see if I can find the pads and end caps new from Nissan so I can replace them if they have to be cut off or something.
 

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Where might the pads and caps be had?? Dealer only item I suppose??
 

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Just so you guys know, 3M makes a bedliner spray too that is supposed to be the best of the best.
 

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I'd be shocked if Nissan sold the pads and caps separate without making you buy a whole new step bar.

Personally, I'd just spray over them...
 

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I spent quite a bit of time taping, and lined everything up really good, some of the pieces I used on the corners were less than a half an inch-just to get it right. You would have a hard time telling that it wasn't original. I pulled the tape off after the last coat. Prep work is the key
 

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I wonder how the Rustoleum would hold up on the plastic step covers? I do use them since my truck is lifted.

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Mine seem to have held up good on the foot pads of my westin's

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