I was interested in swapping my chrome bumbers out for some painted ones as well as the grill. But a body shop friend of mine advised against it claiming that the painted ones get rock chips in them and start to produce rust spots. Has anyone had this problem to deal with?
I have a 04 with the painted bumpers and yes they get chips in the paint. Chrome is a lot harder than paint. I have to once a week check for new chips
and touch them up. I had a 93 lightning and that bumper eventually got to the point that it had to be replaced.. Again I also live in michigan where they have more salt then they know what to do with.
My 03' with 31K and half of that highway miles, has only a handful of very small chips. Once a month I check it and apply touch up paint. I like the look of the sport package so it is a small price to pay for it.
Flexible paint IMO would be better than powder coating, PC can and does chip but a flexible urethane should last much better. Paint and chrome look good togther, I used to like the all paint look but and changing in my old age.
Look at '99 or 2000 Super-Dutys owned by utilities, commercial users, etc... that have the painted bumpers. Every one of them I see are nothing but rust, from one edge to the other. I noticed that everyone here who's said they haven't had a problem have trucks that are only 1 or 2 years old.