Home made Travelette Steps

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    I finished building my Travelette steps last night. I ran out of self etching primer, half way through and will get more today. I need to coat the top (stepping area) with something like bed liner or under coating, or something tough and wear resistant. Any thoughts, advise? The rest of them will be painted black. I will post pictures when mounted.
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    Kurt
     
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    Epoxy primer? Then bed liner
     
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    I did my rock slider/steps in semi gloss black oil based with media blasting glass in it. Has tons of non slip texture!
     
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    Ecoat ?
     
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    That is the way that I'm leaning.
     
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    It must stay on pretty well? My fear with paint, on the stepping area, was that it would wear off.
     
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    I'm afraid that may be out of my "Homemade" budget.
     
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    only because no one has mentioned it - powder coating is another option.
     
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    Have you thought about the anti-slip step tread strips that are used on RV steps? Many different types/sizes/uses and some brands come in rolls to be cut to size. Most that are designed for outdoor use stick to metal very well.
     
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    I did think about powder coat, but do not know anyone that does it, plus we are shelter in place until mid April now and I want to wrap this project up.
     
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    I like the idea, but am worried about them not sticking. I will investigate further. If I can find the correct size and get a confirmation of stick-a-bility, I think this would be a great option!
     
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    I'm sure it varies brand to brand and by intended use but the actual RV step treads stick very well to the metal steps.
     
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    In my truck I used, skate board grip tape on the sills so my kids didnt slip getting in and out. worked great.
     
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    powder coating carries the same +/- thing, similar to bumpers. Tougher finish, but, if damaged, repairs are more difficult.
     
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    We need pictures
     
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    I got more epoxy primer and they are now primed. I also got the 3M grip tape, to put on once painted. It will take me a couple days to get them painted. I hope to have them on and pictures by the weekend.
     
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    OK, I'll preface this by stating that I am a farmer, not fabricator. I finished painting last night and was able to get them installed this evening. the only thing that I am lacking is the grip tape, because I wanted to let the paint cure a little more. I'm happy with them. I originally planned on having 2 square tubes as steps, but i did not have enough tube for that. After I had them fabbed with just the one tube, I decided that I liked them better that way, plus they match the rear bumper better this way. So it's all good. They are simple, just like the guy that built them.
     

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    You're a fabricator now! Looks great!
     
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