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 Post subject: Powder coating question
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:09 am 
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For powder coating, can you use a normal paint spray gun?

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 Post subject: Re: Powder coating question
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:20 am 
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A powder coating gun is usually an electrostatic gun which positively charges the powder as it sprays it.
Sorry buddy, I do not think a normal spray gun would cut it.


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 Post subject: Re: Powder coating question
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:22 am 
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K. That is fine with me. I was pretty sure that was the case, but wanted to verify before spending money :) Still doing research on this whole topic.

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 Post subject: Re: Powder coating question
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:52 am 
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If you are attempting to powder coat something yourself the easy way is to pre-heat the metal component then put it in to a tub of the powder. The powder sticks to it and melts a little then you cook it a little longer in your oven to cure it leaving a smooth finish (in theory).
Problem with this method is that the coating is always thicker and usually of uneven thickness as during the curing process the melted powder will normally fall because of ye olde gravity.
I messed around with this method when I made stuff at school with varying degrees of success.
Sometimes got little pin-hole air bubbles on the surface etc.
Not sure if this is relevant or helpful but.....


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 Post subject: Re: Powder coating question
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:14 pm 
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Eastwood had a fairly good kit that you could buy for cheap. Just need an oven to bake your parts.

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 Post subject: Re: Powder coating question
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:42 am 
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Thanks for the input.

My current plan is to buy a craftsman powder gun. They are cheap and hopefully will work for the little I will be using it now. The dip method seems interesting, but wouldn't you need alot of powder if the items were bigger? I am hoping to powder most of my suspension pieces before putting new bushings in, just so they will be clean and look good.

On the oven, I am making a make shift setup now, which consists of a counter burner and making a metal enclosure. Found some of these setups online and while they are not big and nice, they should serve my purpose well. In the next year or 2 I willl replace that setup with the crappy oven in the house when the women decides she can't handle using it anymore lol.

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 Post subject: Re: Powder coating question
PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:26 am 

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My teammate runs his own powder coating business and can give you his info if you need it. I can have him hook you up with good pricing if need be...sadly, he lives in the bay area... :(


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