Powder coating

Discussion in 'NMSHOC - New Mexico SHO Club' started by Carraudio, Sep 3, 2005.

  1. Carraudio

    Carraudio New Member

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    I got home from meeting with shoisfast and I get a call. I was told the guy I work with/for (he has a low rider shop and when he needs an alarm or stereo put it I am the guy he calls) has a powder coating gun and he is trying to sell it. So I went down and looked at it. It is new in the box, never used. He only wants $100 for it. I don't have the money for it right now but he is holding it for me. He has had it for a while so I know its not going anywhere soon.

    Here is kind of what it looks like...
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    Here is what I found for powder so far...

    Super Chrome $82.25 / 5 Lbs
    Bright White $39.95 / 5 Lbs

    Here is the page where I found the powder.
    http://www.caswellplating.com/powder/powder_colors.html

    (just for area members for now)
    If you want something coated get the powder and I will do it. I am going to learn more about this while I wait.
     
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    powder white intake sounds great:)
     
  3. Carraudio

    Carraudio New Member

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    That is what I was thinking when I was told I could get one for $100. It was funny we had just talked about in not that long before I got home.
     
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    just fyi, I do powdercoating and polishing here in AL and I bought that exact same sprayer when I first started. It's junk. They don't last, they dont coat well. It's hard to get the flow right where it won't clump.

    What I'd suggest if you're serious about getting into it is buying a very nice 2 stage compressor first, a dust evacuator, build your own spray booth, harvest and build your own hanging oven (or UV lamp system) and THEN shop around for a decent gun. A nice prefessional gun can be had for about $500.

    I've been coating for a few years now and the one thing I've learned is: "the sting of a crappy product lasts much longer than the buzz of a good buy." Basically, while the initial price is appealing what it'll cost to do it right is what you need to focus on more.

    If you just wanna do a few pieces and you're not looking for professional quality I'd say you would enjoy that unit but mine is collecting dust under my workbench...i feel it was wasted money.
     
  5. Carraudio

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    This is the system he has...

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=42802

    I doubt it is much better. I wasn't really thinking about doing it myself until I got this call and found that I could get it cheap. I was then looking into an oven when I found out you can get powder that only needs to be 300-400 for bake it. As of right now it is just an idea I have for doing small things. I didn't want to put a lot of money into it if I didn't have to and I wasn't looking to make much money from it at all. Tips from pros are very helpful and I will take anymore anyone has. I picked up car audio fiber glassing last year and look what I have done with that.
     
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    you'll need some sort of dedicated curing oven or lamp system. You CANNOT use your own personal cooking oven. The fumes given off can poison you and the residual byproducts can contaminate your food.

    I use a UV lamp system that is a little more expensive than standard kitchen oven but the UV is much safer and much more flexable when it comes to during items of various sizes.

    The lamp you linked is almost identical...they are all called "hobbyists kits". It'll probably be fine for the little stuff you wanna do but you'll need to make sure you have proper air flow, proper dust contorl, proper re-collection of sprayed powder, proper spraying facility, a decent water seperator, etc etc etc....

    I'm not trying to discourage you...just want you to know that if you want to do this right you need to purchasse more than just a gun and powder. If you can dedicate about $750-1000 to buying nice equipment you can have a lot of fun coating stuff, maybe make a few bucks.
     
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    I might see if I can get this gun even cheaper, and wait until the first of the year to get some good stuff or I moght just wait all together, 06 is not far away.
     

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