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Sanding and Painting Running Boards

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There was a thread a while back on sanding the seam or edge off the running boards and then priming and painting them.

I have searched for hours and can't seem to find that thread, any help would be appreciated.

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Here is one thread on the topic:

https://www.ssrfanatic.com/forum/f99...boards-213857/
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I have a Silver R & am currently in the process of sanding & painting my running boards. I have my fingers crossed! Never done this before & I also am seeking guidance. Visited a local auto refinishing supply store yesterday where I discussed this project with a sales rep. I have already removed one of the black rubber mats & like the look of a fully painted running board without the mat. It seems to give more of a ground effects look as it blends more into the body for aesthetics. He also liked the idea. I'm doing progressive grit sanding followed by SEM all surface heavy build primer, base coat & clear coat. I'll try to post some before & after pictures, but only if the job has a good ending.

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I have a Silver R & am currently in the process of sanding & painting my running boards. I have my fingers crossed! Never done this before & I also am seeking guidance. Visited a local auto refinishing supply store yesterday where I discussed this project with a sales rep. I have already removed one of the black rubber mats & like the look of a fully painted running board without the mat. It seems to give more of a ground effects look as it blends more into the body for aesthetics. He also liked the idea. I'm doing progressive grit sanding followed by SEM all surface heavy build primer, base coat & clear coat. I'll try to post some before & after pictures, but only if the job has a good ending.

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Just a thought on removing the rubber part for good. Some folks that are not familiar with these vehicles might step on the running board and ruin your paint job. Some folks have put Linex the same color on the tread area. From a few feet away looks just like the paint but more sturdy then paint. Last year I had mine in a show and I wasn't fast enough and a kid ran up to my R and jumped up on the running board to get a better look inside. His Dad apologized but I was sure glad I had the rubber treads on mine. Stuff happens. Before my wife passed away she was so frail she had to step on the running board to get in even with help. I wasn't about to say anything as I was just glad to have her along. Might be other help ideas out there for you. Good luck.


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Remove rubber, double sided tape holds it on. Used Line-X on ribs. Changed bracket to lower and tuck boards by 3 inches. Don't "scuff" boards with feet anymore.
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Did mine years ago!

Lonnie/Mr. Sinister did them in 2009, still look NEW!

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Remove rubber, double sided tape holds it on. Used Line-X on ribs. Changed bracket to lower and tuck boards by 3 inches. Don't "scuff" boards with feet anymore.
The black looks great but if the guy wanted it to look like the same color as his Silver SSR they make the coating in colors now so he could do that. Just an Idea.


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I repainted mine silver after I got it. They were pretty beat up. The plastic they are made from is like PE and hard to get paint to adhere real good if you strip them down all the way like I had to. I used adhesion promoter, high build primer, sealer then basecoat paint and clear.

I recently painted a set in Slingshot yellow for a fellow Fanatic in Texas who wanted the seams smoothed. the seam smoothing went fine. Used the same procedure but did not strip them down as they were in good shape. Unfortunately I discovered they had been previously and poorly repainted by a PO and the base coat solvents lifted the crummy paint that was on there. I had to strip and start over on that one then used several coats of sealer primer on the other before spraying the base coat. He decided to leave off the rubber because they looked so good naked yellow!
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I repainted mine silver after I got it. They were pretty beat up. The plastic they are made from is like PE and hard to get paint to adhere real good if you strip them down all the way like I had to. I used adhesion promoter, high build primer, sealer then basecoat paint and clear.

I recently painted a set in Slingshot yellow for a fellow Fanatic in Texas who wanted the seams smoothed. the seam smoothing went fine. Used the same procedure but did not strip them down as they were in good shape. Unfortunately I discovered they had been previously and poorly repainted by a PO and the base coat solvents lifted the crummy paint that was on there. I had to strip and start over on that one then used several coats of sealer primer on the other before spraying the base coat. He decided to leave off the rubber because they looked so good naked yellow!
Greg for the extra work on them. They look GREAT colored matched to the R and the no seam looks even better. Chevy should have spent the extra and cleaned them up originally. I am leaving the black off. They are already lowered and tucked.

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Greg for the extra work on them. They look GREAT colored matched to the R and the no seam looks even better. Chevy should have spent the extra and cleaned them up originally. I am leaving the black off. They are already lowered and tucked.

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You inspired me. I'm going to do it while I'm at it.

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Since it's my thread on the link I thought I may as well chime in here. Smoothing and sanding was easy. Have yet to get them painted though. Plan to use the new fine texture bed liner in black in place of the stock black pads. Sounds like I should get some " no step " signs for car shows though, like people actually read signs.
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Did mine years ago!

Lonnie/Mr. Sinister did them in 2009, still look NEW!

You can get Lowering/Tuck Brackets from Mike Moro aka https://shop.simple-engineering.com/

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Remove rubber, double sided tape holds it on. Used Line-X on ribs. Changed bracket to lower and tuck boards by 3 inches. Don't "scuff" boards with feet anymore.
What did you have to do to the brackets to move them in more?
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To each his or her own but I like the boards sticking out more like designed and the black treads for several reasons. Sticking out just looks better to me and you get more protection. Sticking out and the black rubber treads looks more like the 49 Chevy look, as intended by designer. Just me.


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I wasn't sure what I wanted to do on my boards so I pulled the rubber steps off and liked the silver treads. I wanted to see what they would look like with the raised treads left silver and the boards painted black. I sanded them and painted one with that peal able paint. I liked the look and then pulled the black off and am waiting for spring to take them to the body shop to get painted for good.
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I painted mine myself. I always intended too. I sold the rubber to a fellow fanatic, my rubbers were perfect and really black. When you pull the rubber off there is a little work to do. Depending on picky you are. There are many small pencil eraser "high spots" around the perimeter of the boards about 3-4 inches apart. Most people don't even notice them. Anyway, I blocked those all down, sanded the seam out, etc...Ö Then cut the brackets down to lower and tuck them. Mike offers a really nice set that will lower and tuck them also. Anyway, I have always liked the painted look, good luck, you will like them.
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