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Old 10-16-2014, 04:03 PM   #1
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Question Kwikee Step question: Paint or replace?

My Kwikee steps are only a few years old, but the black steps are starting to look pretty rough. What would you use to repair or re-finish them? I'm scared my trusty ol Rustoleum flat black wouldn't withstand the punishment.

Alternatively, how much does it cost to just replace the steps only? My motor is fine. They are pretty bent up anyway, albeit functional, from the MH air bags letting down on the steps when parked on an incline.
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The steps on your 2012 Aspire need replacing already? You must be really, really rough on them.

If they still work, just wire brush or sand them, put on a coat of Ospho or similar if there is rust pitting, and paint with a quality anti-rust enamel.

I don't know anybody who sells a full step without a motor, but you might call Kwikee and ask if they offer that. I would guess $300+.
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The steps on your 2012 Aspire need replacing already? You must be really, really rough on them.

If they still work, just wire brush or sand them, put on a coat of Ospho or similar if there is rust pitting, and paint with a quality anti-rust enamel.

I don't know anybody who sells a full step without a motor, but you might call Kwikee and ask if they offer that. I would guess $300+.
I am the 2nd owner. I am not sure what the previous owner did to get them in this shape....

Would you consider "Professional Rustoleum Enamel Paint" to be quality enough?
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Try the salvage yards goggle Visone and Colaw. Give them a model number and or # of steps and width.
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Scrape off the rough tape and sand it with good sand papar to get all the loose stuff off.

Then get the rusty metal primer and the paint too.

If you want to save some work get some oven cleaner and strip off the paint then after cleaning with lots of water scrub it with paint thinner.

After painting locate industrial supplies and look for the non-slip peel and stick mat and apply to the fresh dried paint.

If bent supports then get a couple large adjudtable wrenches say a 12 inch and whatever larger than that.

Place smaller one tight on arm at bend and apply larger one to smaller one at 90 degrees so you can twist it to straighten the leg.
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Scrape off the rough tape and sand it with good sand papar to get all the loose stuff off.

Then get the rusty metal primer and the paint too.

If you want to save some work get some oven cleaner and strip off the paint then after cleaning with lots of water scrub it with paint thinner.

After painting locate industrial supplies and look for the non-slip peel and stick mat and apply to the fresh dried paint.

If bent supports then get a couple large adjudtable wrenches say a 12 inch and whatever larger than that.

Place smaller one tight on arm at bend and apply larger one to smaller one at 90 degrees so you can twist it to straighten the leg.
Great info, thanks!!
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Would you consider "Professional Rustoleum Enamel Paint" to be quality enough?
Probably as good as any that you can buy off the retail shelf. None of those are what they used to be now that the EPA & OSHA have made many ingredients unavailable for non-pro use. Use an anti-rust primer first.

Better yet, remove it and have a shop powder coat it.
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