When choosing aftermarket steel truck bumpers for your off-road truck, one of the considerations to make is whether you want it painted or powder coated. Some steel bumpers come pre-finished one way or the other or you can specify how the bumpers should be finished. To make the best choice, you need to understand the pros and cons of each type in order to make the right choice for you.
Painting Steel Truck Bumpers
Painting is a common finishing method used on heavy duty bumpers for off-road trucks and Jeeps. There are a number of benefits to using paint; however, there are just as many disadvantages to consider.
Pros To Paint
==>>Painting is less expensive than powder coating. Any auto shop with a paint booth can put a professional coat of paint on your steel bumper for a reasonable price. If you're really tight on money, you can even spray paint the steel truck bumper at home as long as you do the right prep work - at a cost of nearly nothing.
==>>Painting is faster and less labor-intensive, even with the prep work.
==>>Paint can be easily touched up or repainted if scratched or damaged.
==>>Paint offers certain corrosion protection as long as it is well maintained.
Cons To Paint
The biggest downside of painting heavy duty bumpers for off-road trucks is that paint is nowhere near as durable as powder coating. It will readily scratch and chip from rocks and dirt, so you may need to make frequent touch-ups to keep it looking good.
Powder Coating Steel Truck Bumpers
Powder coating is an equally popular finishing method for off-road steel truck bumpers and the preferred method of many steel bumper manufacturers. Like painting, it does have its positives and negatives.
Pros to Power Coat
==>>Powder coating is an extremely strong finish that is more durable than paint. It can withstand strikes by rocks or dirt and prevent the dings, scratches, and chips that heavy duty bumpers sustain when finished with regular paint. It is corrosion-resistant and bonds completely to metal to form a thick, baked-on ceramic coating that protects better than any other material.
==>>Powder coating is more environmentally friendly as it involves a dry process that does not release chemicals into the air.
Cons to Powder Coat
==>>The main downside of powder coating heavy duty bumpers is the cost. This type of finish can cost more than a professional paint job.
==>>Powder coating steel truck bumpers involves a more labor-intensive preparation and coating process that can take a few days to complete. Due to the specialized process involved, powder coating must be done by professionals with the right equipment.
==>>Should your steel bumper be damaged to a point where the powder coating is cracked or crushed, refinishing is more difficult and expensive than repairing a painted finish.
Even though there are more pros to painting steel bumpers and more cons to powder coating, it is important to weigh these pros and cons appropriately. Painting steel truck bumpers is easier, cheaper, and faster; however, you're more likely to repeat painting again and again.
Powder coating is more expensive and requires more prep, labor, and can be harder to repair. On the other hand, your chances of needing to repair or even touch up steel bumpers are pretty small. Luckily, All Fab Fours bumpers come with a fine protective powder coating right out of the factory! In the end, choose the finish that will protect your off-road truck