So I've been searching ideas both on this forum and the entire interweb for color matching my bumpers. I hate the look of the chrome bumpers while the rest of my truck is all paint matched.
I've looked at all the normal options: painting, powdercoating, colored Linex, etc. Painting just seems too weak for the amount of rock chips that will inevitably happen and my truck will be down for about 3-4 days while they do it. Powdercoating is nice and recently found a place in Baltimore that would do it for $200 thanks to a forum member, but that's a little far and again the truck would be down for several days. Linex wanted a ridiculous amount to paint match the bumpers, so that was out.
So I thought about wrapping the bumpers in vinyl. For those of you lucky enough to have a black lower two-tone color, that would be an easy match; however, the Arizona Beige color doesn't match any color vinyl currently sold on the market. I went to a place that does custom vinyl and they printed off some samples after matching a 1 cm x 3 cm color swab. $20 for the printed sample, took it out in the sun and it was this horrible iridescent green color. I potentially could've gone to another vinyl shop, but that's a 45 minute drive with the kind of traffic around here and no guarantee that they could match it either.
I've finally decided that I'm going to wrap the bumpers in 3M vinyl, but since I can't paint match, I'm going to wrap everything that is painted Arizona Beige so it all looks the same.
I determined I'd need about 60 sq. ft. of material to get the job done. I ordered a sample pack from 3M which had about 50 different styles and colors of vinyl. I decided to go with Gloss Charcoal Metallic (1080-G211). It actually has a lot more dark gold sheen to it than the name implies. Basically a slightly darker version of the Arizona Beige.
I just ordered it today and it should be here by Wednesday or Thursday. I've wrapped lots of parts before, so this shouldn't be hard at all to tackle.
On a side note, my bed rail covers are in desperate need of replacement since they're faded and any treatment I use on them is temporary. I wanted to buy the 05-07 King Ranch covers for a while, but with this particular vinyl I'll be using, the 08+ King Ranch colored covers will likely match better, adding to the custom look of my truck. I already have a '10 rear bumper just waiting to be put on. If this works out well, I'll also be wrapping my roof with vinyl too.
Once the stuff gets in, I'll take some pics of the progress. Just wanted to keep those of you with the Arizona Beige two tones updated.
Next to a Pueblo Gold '10 Bumper
2005 F-250 CCSB 6.0L:
SCT X3, IDP Tunes, CTS Insight, 2.5" Leveling Kit, 35" Toyo's, 20" KMC Wheels, Rancho 7000's, EGR Delete, ARP Studs, Updated FICM, Built Tranny, '03 Turbo, 3" Downpipe, 4" MBRP Exhaust, Blue Spring Mod, 20" Lightbar, Door Seal Mod, BedRug, UnderCover Flex Cover, Badges Shaved, Painted Grille, Handles, & Mirrors, HD Headlights, Tinted Tails, 5% Tint