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    DIY powdercoating?

    I was talking to a chap the other day who said he'd heard you could get cheap(ish) DIY powdercoating kits. I did a quick google but couldn;t really find anything.
    Anyone know if this is true, and if so, do you need an oven or can you heat treat it with a torch?

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    Harbor Freight also sells DIY powder coating kits; approximate cost is $70.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=94244

    Curing of the powder can be done in conventional ovens, toaster ovens and heat lamps, but you need to get to about 400 degrees. I wouldn't recommend a torch.
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    It actually works pretty well. I used the Eastwood stuff with very good results. I used it for motorcycle parts. Here are some before and after pics.



















    For the smaller parts I used a toaster oven from the thrift store. Larger parts I used a drying oven I have at work for drying plants.

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    My images didn't post. Go here to see them.

    http://www.baisa.org/bike_pics/pwdrcoat/index.htm

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    An electric oven is needed, gas is no good from what I hear but I'm not sure why.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gbalke View Post
    Harbor Freight also sells DIY powder coating kits; approximate cost is $70.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=94244

    Curing of the powder can be done in conventional ovens, toaster ovens and heat lamps, but you need to get to about 400 degrees. I wouldn't recommend a torch.
    There is a local guy that charges 80 for a frame and 25 for a fork. That includes removing the old paint and any prep work. That's cheap enough that I would rather someone else do the work
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    A buddy of mine tried this a few years ago. He liked it enough to make a business out of it. He even took an old kitchen oven and extended it with a metal box for bigger parts. Now it's a business for him. www.awesomepowdercoat.com. He's mostly into vintage volkswagens and stuff like that but he says he can do a bike frame for me if I want. One of these days I want to go visit and try it myself.
    I have spoken.

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    For large things I would defiantly recommend having someone else do it just for the PIA factor. For small stuff though, it's nice to have around.

    Quote Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
    There is a local guy that charges 80 for a frame and 25 for a fork. That includes removing the old paint and any prep work. That's cheap enough that I would rather someone else do the work

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    A buddy of mine did some parts for my sports car in a Candy Apple Red powder. He applied the powder too thick and "baked" it too long. The resulting parts looked burgandy in color and not at all what I wanted. Certain bores were reduced in size and the mating pins would not fit. I had the parts redone by a local shop.
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    I'd be tempted if it weren't for the baking. I'd need to get a pretty big one for a frame. Shame, because it looks so much cleaner than spray painting. There's a local company that does it, though, so I may see how much it cost there.

    Many thanks for the input.

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    I just had my frame done for 50$. Sanding, prep and pain. 50$.

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    yeah the guy I went do said it would be about a .003 thickness. I didn't clarify if that would be like one side of the tube and another .003 on the other for additional .006 diameter thickness. Any way he did 2 coats and I swear the tube diameter increased by almost .00312 (1/32).

    If you don't tape and plug everything vital, its a real pain to remove it. Hell, even the brake cleaner and paint stripper won't touch it.
    DH

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    Quote Originally Posted by scbvideoboy View Post
    Hell, even the brake cleaner and paint stripper won't touch it.
    DH
    That's why it's so popular. Once it's on, it's not going anywhere.
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