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I am seriously considering having my front bumper/lower valance done in Line-X. I am getting alot of rock damage to the paint and one area has even got a half dollar size area where the paint has chipped away on the last trip to Los Angeles.

The delima I am having is one, will it even look good?

Two, would it look ok in just black or should I color match. Color matching adds about 300.00 to the price of a truck bed....I am guessing its not much less than that for a bumper also.

Touch up jobs to the bumper are running me about $100 a shot and I have done that twice already. Its about $350.00 to paint the valance. If I do that I would also do the clear vinyl film over it - thats a good $300 just to have that installed.
 

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I think it would look good although your pickup has much more of a "city" look to it so it may throw off the overall appearance of it. You might try finding someone who can photo shop what it would look like so you can get a good idea.

This link may be of interest to you, I have considered doing my front bumper (scratches and chips), rocker panels (bare metal showing, would like to know how previous owner managed that), and rear bumper (chrome is developing issues) .

http://www.linexpics.com/gallery_view.php?ID=16

I think I would stick with black as the color matched stuff just looks faded to me. This F250 shows that very well

http://www.linexpics.com/images/project/173659.jpg

If you decide to go with the line-x be sure to post pictures as well as what it cost you.

Austin
 

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Hmmm....I'm not sure how the Line X would look on your truck, Line X has a much tougher and more textured look & feel to it than paint but idk how it would match up with your other mods, since it looks like your truck is more street/ sport oriented rather than offroad oriented, the Line X might look out of place IMO. Color matching always looks good, but it you might be caught in a perpetual cycle of constantly repainting your bumper since the rock chips will keep coming and damaging the paint....:whip:
 

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This is an interesting thought. Your front bumper looks great right now being color matched. The problem I see is there really isn't to much black on your truck to match if you were to spray it black. Might just look odd. But I can't really tell! Post some more pics of your truck so we can decide! Everyone likes more pics :)
 

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I definitely love the look of how smooth your truck is and like Stuart mentions, I also think it would mess with the mojo. I also agree with everyone about keeping the color in-line with your paint scheme and not black. Is there another substance you can use to help with the chips that really won't change your look? I really like how your truck looks now and think you got it right.
 

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I don't think the Line-X would match the style of your truck. 3M makes a clear vynil that comes in differant sizes that goes over the paint. It works well and helps soften the hits on the front end. Most good body shops can get and apply the 3M.
 

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I don't think the Line-X would match the style of your truck. 3M makes a clear vynil that comes in differant sizes that goes over the paint. It works well and helps soften the hits on the front end. Most good body shops can get and apply the 3M.
Thanks for everyones input. I got a quote from the dealer where I bought the truck to paint the valance and apply the 3m film for $400.00. That's the route iam going to take. I wil drop it off to them in a couple of weeks.

The quotes to color match line x are about 500.00...pricy and I agree with those of you who said it just doesn't fit the truck.
 

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I think you'll be much happier with the new paint and 3M treatment.:glasses:
 

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I think you'll be much happier with the new paint and 3M treatment.:glasses:
Ya, my projectors and tail lights have black but I would need to do the rear roll pan and probably do Line-X on the lower panels all the way around the truck to even get it to all tie in. Then I am not sure about texture etc..
 

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I think the texture is fine on 4x4's, but not on a street custom. Our bodyshop guys did trucks fronts and side rockers with the 3M. If its done right you can't even see the 3M.
 

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I believe I concur with most others on here. Functionally, it'd achieve what you're looking for. Aesthetically, I think it'd throw it off. I'd possibly look into a vinyl cover or something like that.
 

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One thing you have to keep in mind with line-x, especially when you put the gloss finish on top of the color match is you cannot use pressure washing to clean it. I have strayed away from line-x since I had it on my last truck because of how hard it is to keep clean.

On the other hand, I also agree with what the other guys are saying. Putting line-x on an 4x4's front bumper is ok, but for a sport truck i dont think it fits.

Good luck
 
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