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Old 05-17-2012, 11:54 AM
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Bilstein shock question

Looking at buying some of these shocks for my truck maybe. What are you guys doing to keep the shocks looking newer? Are you putting a clear coat on it? And if you are what are you using to paint them with? TIA
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:06 PM
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I have the silver finish on mine and in 3 years, I have only had to pressure wash them to get them clean of road grime. Of course, I live in the desert so I don't have to worry about snow and salt.
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Never heard of clear coating them but I suppose it could work. I would use a Dupli-Color rattle can, I used that clear on my bumper cover and it came out great.


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I'll be living back in Reno shortly and driving over the pass a lot. I currently have some Pro Comp shocks that have a similiar coating to the Bilsteins. They are completly pitted and they look like crap. And on top of that they are blow and need to be replaced.
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I have those bilstiens on my wife's 4runner and they get rusty looking after a year or two, I would definitely clear coat them with something
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:56 PM
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Any ideas on what to use???
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:32 PM
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It's a shame that for as much as those shocks cost, that they don't have a better protective finish on the from the manufacturer. I would think Bilstein would want their shocks looking good so others would ooohhh and ahhhh over them and eventually get some themselves.

I've been looking at these shocks too but see the comments all over the web about rusting, etc. If I go this route, I'll probably wind up shooting a few coats of clearcoat on them. I have some PPG Omni still around from a painting job that I did....so that should work good.
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JD is that something in a can or professional grade autobody shop paint?
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I've had my 5100's on for a year now, so far, they look good. They are a vast improvement over the rusty RANCHOS they replaced.
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JD is that something in a can or professional grade autobody shop paint?
Hi. It's professional grade....and unbelievably expensive too. I used it when I restored my 1961 JD 4010 tractor. PPG Concept was $90.50 a quart plus $30.87 for the 8oz hardener (yes that's $485 a gallon!). It has ISOs in it....so you should shoot it with supplied air, etc. Fantastic paint....best quality I've seen and durable. But not cheap!

If I didn't have any extra from that project, I'd probably go to Sherwin Williams and get their line of clearcoat....which is less expensive and would probably suffice for this under-chassis job.
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