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I bought used OEM side steps. Today I noticed the chrome covering is peeling off on the drivers side. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to fix them?
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I'm curious, do you have a picture of it? Chevy used to make pretty good chrome products. Once they start peeling it is hard to correct. I did here of this problem once before on this site. Can you post a couple pics?

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I bought used OEM side steps. Today I noticed the chrome covering is peeling off on the drivers side. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to fix them?
If it's not under warranty anymore you may be better off getting them blasted, then either re-coated or powercoated a color of your choice.


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Ill have to get some pics tomorrow in the day light.
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Once chrome starts to peel, you have to strip it, and re-coat with something.

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There couldn't be a worse place for chrome than sidesteps; front wheels will throw lots of crap including sharp rocks that way. As already stated above, once chrome starts flaking, the best think to do is buff down to the whole thing and paint it. Getting paint to stick to chrome is tricky; use fine grit sandpaper and scuff-up the whole thing then repeat for the other side. A lot of work.
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There couldn't be a worse place for chrome than sidesteps; front wheels will throw lots of crap including sharp rocks that way. As already stated above, once chrome starts flaking, the best think to do is buff down to the whole thing and paint it. Getting paint to stick to chrome is tricky; use fine grit sandpaper and scuff-up the whole thing then repeat for the other side. A lot of work.
I will never understand why anybody still sells chrome underbody parts--- eventually, you WILL get a rock chip or large scratch that you can do nothing about other than stripping and repainting it a color that can be repaired

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I will never understand why anybody still sells chrome underbody parts--- eventually, you WILL get a rock chip or large scratch that you can do nothing about other than stripping and repainting it a color that can be repaired
Well, my 2007 Colorado had the stock chrome side bars and they looked fine after 9 years parked outside and 100,000 miles. I would put some wax on them twice a year and coat the underneath with wax and leave it on there. They were fine. We will have to see with the new rectangle chrome ones. I did coat the bottoms with wax twice already. My friend's Westin chrome side bars rusted out all across the bottoms in less than 4 years.

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Everyone has confirmed my thoughts. It took me forever to figure out how to attach photos.
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Those photos are pretty small and it's hard to tell but that looks like the chrome was scratched up, not peeling off. I have had chrome delaminate and it usually starts peeling up.

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The chrome on my drivers side step was totally trashed. The passenger side remains flawless so clearly some are defective. My dealer replaced the driver side step and it survived winter without problems. Previous discussion here.

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It's definitely flaking. It's about half of the board. Lesson learned don't buy something like that used to save a few bucks.

Like posters in the attached link,it's only one side. Gonna take it to a body shop and see what it will cost to paint black.
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My black paint is flaking off my OEM off road steps like crazy too. It is on the front part of the steps where snow collected in the winter. I figured they would be a little more durable than that esp since the paint on the truck can handle it just fine.

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