While the term "ready-to-paint steel bumper" seems self-explanatory, each bumper manufacturer has their own idea about what this term means. For some, "ready to paint" merely means "bare metal." For others, it means a swirl-free paint surface that's ready to be primed.
Here's what "ready-to-paint" means when you buy a bumper from Throttle Down Kustoms.
Many steel bumper manufacturers sell bare steel bumpers. Typically, these bumpers are marketed as ready-to-paint. Unfortunately, a lot of ready-to-paint steel bumpers:
If you order a bumper like this expecting it to be ready to paint, you'll be disappointed. A steel bumper with these problems often needs several hours of sanding and scrubbing. This can get expensive if you're paying your local paint and body shop to do the work, as they often charge $50 to $100 per hour for this type of work. A "cheap" bare steel bumper can quickly become very expensive.
At TDK, we sell actual ready-to-paint bumpers. They're sanded smooth, cleaned thoroughly, and then shrinkwrapped for shipment. We do this work ourselves because we're the best ones to do it - we know how to do the prep work quickly and efficiently, we have the space and tools, etc. When you order one of our bumpers in a bare, ready to paint finish, you get a bumper that your paint and body shop can just prime and paint.
Many people say that the best finish for a steel bumper is powder coat. While there's merit to this idea (we powder coat more than half the bumpers we sell), paint has a couple of key advantages:
If you’re looking for color and coating ideas for your bumper, you can draw some inspiration from the customer installation pictures on our website. Some people match the paint color of their truck. Others prefer to do a contrasting color to give their truck a custom look.
We're loving the white-on-white look.
Whatever you decide, if you go with a ready-to-paint bumper, make sure it's actually ready to paint. Too often, they aren't.