Jump to content

Clear coat or not on the hitch


Recommended Posts

It was time to touch-up the bulldog hitch. I used a pretty good Rust-Oleum flat paint, after wire bushing and cleaning well. 

Should I bother with a clear coat enamel on top? 

What would you do?

 

Thanks,

Chris

  • Like 2

Chris
2016 Legacy Elite II - Wayfinder - Hull 110  << 2020 RAM 1500 Limited >>

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I don't think clear coating flat black is necessary, nor IMHO would it look very good, I use Duplicolor Ceramic Brake Caliper Paint, gloss black, no primer is needed like regular spray paints, it flows out beautifully, is dry to the touch in five minutes, and after a week it cures rock hard. This paint is now my "go to" product for just about anything that needs one of the six available colors. Any good auto parts store should carry it.

https://www.duplicolor.com/product/caliper-paint/

I just painted the receiver area on my LC200 a couple of weeks ago. The "spots" are weld splatter, that doesn't look so great with a gloss paint.... maybe next time I will grind those all away. And use the Satin Black instead.

image.thumb.jpeg.b474eabf5526ed6968361a30c9f707cf.jpeg

  • Like 9

"Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags, Safari snorkel.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

No trailer yet, but for jobs like this here in the rust belt, I use Eastwood’s original chassis paint. I see that there’s now an extreme and ceramic, but I’ve never tried them. 
 

https://www.eastwood.com/search/?q=Chassis

 Before:

C155C39D-53AA-4F3B-9FD2-5D95E0AC04AE.thumb.jpeg.f7bae1b0794c09de10360b40df7186da.jpeg

After:

20FE08ED-DCA6-42E3-A30C-61B06AA6DFB2.thumb.jpeg.e531da57b5b08032434e810fb7146072.jpeg

14 Years later:

F6627AD1-B15E-4083-B525-F747CFFDF592.thumb.jpeg.b32683c44ecbe1cb1cc5e3386bcb067e.jpeg

  • Thanks 1
  • Like 4
  • Wow 1

-----
Steve - Northern Ohio, USA
Wandering around on occasion, always lost.
2021 Toyota Land Cruiser - 5X8 Hiker Highway Deluxe Squaredrop Trailer
2023 Oliver Elite II Twin on order - due March 28, 2023

Facebook - Instagram
 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 5 weeks later...
  • Moderators
On 8/13/2022 at 11:10 AM, Wayfinder said:

Should I bother with a clear coat enamel on top? 

What would you do?

No, I would not clear coat it.  Given the wear and tear the hitch gets you are probably going to need to give it a shot of paint every couple of years anyway.

Having said this, I would not paint the hitch black in the first place.  A black hitch is difficult to see when using those rear cameras in most vehicles today.  This is particularly true if the road surface is dark.  For the past several years I've used Rust Oleum hammered silver on the front part of the hitch and Krylon satin black on the rear portion.

Bill

  • Thanks 3

2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...