Color coding of Bull Bar

Submitted: Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 20:39
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I am cosidering getting a color coded ARB bull bar on my next patrol. Has anybody had experience specifically with the color coding that ARB do. Do they stone chip easily? and what condition will it be in after 3 years and 100 000 kms of driving all over Aust
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Reply By: oddy - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 20:49

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 20:49
Ask them if they sandblast original colour off and then re-powdercoat with new colour. TJM will.
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Follow Up By: steve - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 21:48

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 21:48
Fitted one to my Hilux last year and was very dissapointed. They are just painted straight over the powdercoating. Not even rubbed back. Once stone chipped the paint would just flake off in patches. Response from ARB head office was "thats how we do it". Only had the car 8 months and had to get it repainted properly before we could sell it. When we bought one for the Prado we had it rubbed back slightly and painted in 2pac by a local painter for less than ARB charge, and the result is MUCH MUCH better. I am fairly fussy, but the quality is just not up to most peoples standards.

Steve.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 21:53

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 21:53
" and what condition will it be in after 3 years and 100 000 kms of driving all over Aust "

Stick with black, you can get black paint anywhere... but some funky shade of champagne even with the touchup sticks will cost you heaps...
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Reply By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 22:27

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 22:27
I am very happy with the paint quality on my vehicle ARB bullbar. It has some chips and scratches on it but I reckon it looks a hell of a lot better than the black. If you are a real fussy fella you might not be that impressed, but it is a bullbar after all and I reckon it looks better than tarnished Aluminium.

Andrew

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Reply By: AndrewW - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 23:47

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 23:47
Hi,

I agonised over the same thing just recently, colour coded or black bullbar.

In the end I got a black TJM T15 for my Hilux. It looks heaps better than I expected. The reasons for the black are as Truckster stated, the colour coded ones look great to start with, but a few scrapes later..... Also price was a factor, $250 more for painting, plus the hassle of getting it done, I decided it wasn't worth it.

Incidently, I motor bike rider clipped the front of the car five days after I got the bar fitted. Only left a slight scrape, was quite happy with that.
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Follow Up By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 07:53

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 07:53
.....and the rider will be fine in his wheelchair once he gets used to it?
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Follow Up By: AndrewW - Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 11:37

Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 11:37
LOL

No, he was fine, it just clipped the front drivers side of the bull bar, with the back of his bike. We both stopped and had a look, then kept going again...
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Reply By: Wil - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 08:50

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 08:50
Hi All
I am considering getting the black stripped or better still order them in mill/bare metal finish. Then Zinc plate it & get it Powder coated to your specific colour. Touch up paint is still cheaper then fixing up damaged plastic bumpers don't you think?
Let us know what you end up with as I am keen on doing it too.

Cheers

Wil
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Reply By: The Banjo - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 12:14

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 12:14
Had my ARB bar matched to the lower (dark charcoal grey) two pack colour on the white 99 Jack. Seems just fine to me - looked good on day one and still does ...few minor chips but that's down to me - their paint seems to have stayed on really well (and I have seen paint that doesn't).
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Reply By: Member - Allan - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 20:18

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 20:18
Alex, I have no complaints with the paint on my ARB bull bar. The odd small stone chip is easily touched up with a small brush. No sign at all of peeling paint of or any rust developing.
Cheers
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