I've painted other parts and they can turn out ok, but if you factor in the cost of the paint and the time needed to make it look good... $40 for powder coat is a no-brainer.$400 powder coated, or
$360 for bare metal
anyone painted a ladder before? Did it work well? Bedliner that’s not too coarse perhaps? In case powder coat alternative is needed
I've painted other parts and they can turn out ok, but if you factor in the cost of the paint and the time needed to make it look good... $40 for powder coat is a no-brainer.
I'm sure this is a long shot, but any chance you could do some in aluminum? I'm in the rust belt and do not have a ladder as I want to avoid rust as much as possible.
This looks very interesting
so it gets mounted to the trim/lip of the door like it gets sandwiched on the top and bottom
Stainless steel (which can be painted, powder coated), that would be different
Harder to bend than normal steel (so fabrication costs more), has its own stubborn behavior especially when welding, it likes to 'spring' rather than 'stay' or bend like normal steel would. And stainless prices have multiplied by 4 in the last 2 years, already costing more than regular steel in first place.