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Old 12-20-2007, 03:58 PM
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I will be buying Body Parts from Wescott's in the near future and am really perplexed on Running Boards-smoothie or rubberized. I really like the smoothie style, and I had thought of making strips to run down the Boards to try and keep them nice, but read about a guy whose Dog got on his smoothie Boards and scratched them all up. Being a Grandpa I think I may have a similar problem but would really like the smoothies.

What do all of you who have much more experience than I with this think? What do you run and why?

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Smooth running boards definitely look better, but you run the risk of kids and uninformed adults getting up on them at shows. Unless you post some signs, and keep a sharp lookout when your at a run or show then you are better off with the rubberized ribbed.

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Smooth running boards definitely look better, but you run the risk of kids and uninformed adults getting up on them at shows. Unless you post some signs, and keep a sharp lookout when your at a run or show then you are better off with the rubberized ribbed.

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Vince,

Thanks for your reply-in looking at your Photo Album, ia appears you went with smoothies on your Coupe-if you had to do it all over again would you do it the same?
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Vince,

Thanks for your reply-in looking at your Photo Album, ia appears you went with smoothies on your Coupe-if you had to do it all over again would you do it the same?
Yes, to date I have not had a bad experience with someone climbing up on them. Until that happens and I have to repaint them I will stay with smooth.

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You can have your cake and eat it too. Buy smooth style then go to a place like RHINO Lining and get them sprayed with rubberized liner tinted to match your color.
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How about after painting you cover them with have new clear chip gaurd stuff like they use on the new vehicles.
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Old 12-21-2007, 07:31 AM
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Thanks for the ideas guys! I really want smoothies, and just may have to bite the bullet and try one of these ideas-

Thanks again-
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I originally went with the smoothies for my '31 - but after watching the kids and others climb on some at a big show (York) I decided that the rubber covers and SS trim plus the aluminum step are the way to go. I also recall my T-bucket with a brand new Jet Hot coating on the exhaust.......the kid and his father are probably still in therapy 10 years later after my lambasting

I also considered a Linex bed liner coating but at over $200 for a pair of 40" long by 10" wide tapering to 8" running boards was one step short of ludicrous - especially when they quoted me $450 - $500 for my F350 P/U bed with many times the square footage(inchage??)

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We had the runningboards for the 32 3W sprayed with Superliner Bedliner material rather than using original style rubber mats on them. We also sprayed the under side of all the fenders and the boards.
The boards have been in use now for just over a year and look great as they were installed. Just be sure to use the semi-gloss or gloss finish material rather than the matte or dull finish. The matte finish is difficult to keep clean from coke and bottle rings, water spots etc. and just doesn't look as good as the other options.
Just explain to the operator of the spray equipment that you want as uniform a finish as possible and if they have experience it will be pretty darn nice.
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Street Rod Running Board Strips - Stainless

I've been making custom stainless steel running board strips for a few years. Started on my own project(s) for painted smooth Street Rod boards, plus a few for local family members & friends, etc. Kicked-off the official business of mfg & selling products at a Goodguys event in Spokane Wa. last month.

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I will be buying Body Parts from Wescott's in the near future and am really perplexed on Running Boards-smoothie or rubberized. I really like the smoothie style, and I had thought of making strips to run down the Boards to try and keep them nice, but read about a guy whose Dog got on his smoothie Boards and scratched them all up. Being a Grandpa I think I may have a similar problem but would really like the smoothies.

What do all of you who have much more experience than I with this think? What do you run and why?

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Running boards

Back when I was Pinstriping on the NSRA circuit I seem to remember seeing some guys who ran a protective "BRA" on the nose of their Street Rods.
It seems like one guy had matching diamond pleat bra, and running board covers that SNAPPED in place and he could remove the whole deal when he was doing the show-n-shine.
As I recall it looked good both covered an uncovered.
I have also seen Big Truck Drivers that have done the same thing on their Rigs to cover the front fenders, and polished fuel tanks from stone chips, and added extra around the steps to the cab where you tend to drag your toes across the paint.
Just a thought.
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Hey 35Ford, I think I have a set of smooth steel running boards that I bought for my 35 Tudor Sedan. My builder opted to use the originals, as the aftermarket ones didn't fit as well.

I'd let them go for cheap, if I still have them. If you are interested, let me know.

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Running Boards are for looks!! I wouldn't let anyone put their feet on them especially with shoes on. Put the ones on you like best and enjoy.
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