When I first built my T Bucket, I ended up powder coating the frame. Cost was about $650 for frame and all the suspension pieces. It came out great and lasted up until the accident. When I got my new frame, I decided to use Rustoleum gloss black. It came out great. My T is driven daily, so it gets it's share on chips and I do a touch on those spots. And while a fair section of the frame is exposed, hell, it's a frame for Gods sake and my cars not trying to win show trophys.