thought i'd post this for anyone interested in doing their own powder coating, feel free to post your methods here.
while none of this is actually home made, this is my adaption of common items for use in powder coating.
i bought the eastwood powder coat gun and some of their powder to try out on my wheels, pulleys, brackets and misc.
this is powder coat central
junk 30'' oven, top burners removed and an old tv box for my spray booth.
because i eliminated the top burners, the oven runs on a 20 amp, 220v circuit
i was working on my rearend at the time so i tried it out on my backing plates and diff cover.
the stock yellow was a little too pastel so i added a touch of red to the mix and it came out perfect.
the backing plates are still yellow pastel, the wheel is the right color yellow.
then i tried my wheels. new steelies from wheels vintiques. 7x15 fronts and 8x15 rears.
they had some cosmoline for rust prevention on them, so i degreased first, then sand blasted with eastwoods blast-in-a-bucket gun.
i baked the wheels to gas off any left over cosmo and degreased another round.
ideally you want to hang and powder coat the whole item, the wheels barely fit in the oven and any action will knock fresh powder off the wheels. i made a rotisserie to sit on the oven rack out of some wood and an old wheel bearing i had laying around. i pulled the rack out as far it would go and lined the door with some cardboard. then proceeded to powder coat
i had to do the wheels in multiple stages, back & inner front and then front & inner back.
the rotisserie worked out great, i was able to coat everything rather well...
for baking; i started out with an infrared thermometer, wait until the wheels were 415f and the powder flowed out, bake at 400f for 15 minutes and just turn off the oven and open the door. i quit using the thermometer when i figured out that by using the oven thermostat light to check for temperature, worked fine.
i powder coated wheels, diff cover, backing plates, front spindles, coil springs, accessory drive brackets and a lot of other small parts. i have black, yellow and red powder that i bought from eastwoods. but have since found out that powderbythepound.com has a big selection of powder online.
of coarse i had to buy 5 wheels and tires for TRUK
I used to have a box "spray booth" also until a buddy made me an onpurpose one out of masonite. I have tried both eastwood and harbor freight guns and really like the hf one better. My eastwood gun broke at the junction of where the metal meets the plastic barrel and even JB weld has separated here also. The Harbor Freight setup has a foot pedal switch which is really well liked as I even made a mount for the eastwood button so I can use it as a foot button. One of the few cases where harbor freight tools don't suck and eastwood's do.
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Nice job on the wheels . I've got a eastwood gun too , but I haven't had the time or room to try it out . I bought a used pizza oven for my garage , I wanted something for the bigger rims and maybe a motorcycle frame . I tried the powderbythepound.com link , but can't get it to work . Is there anything missing ?
Here's my contribution to the PC thread. This is my portable PC station. My wife insists on parking in the garage so everything needs to be mobile. I have ceiling mounted racks grounded to earth ground. I connect the ground wire to either the portable PC station or the ceiling racks depending on what I'm doing I have a small tabletop oven for small stuff and a re-purposed wall oven for baking. My main PC staple is old Honda 3wheelers. I completely teardown the trikes and every last nut and bolt is removed, every assembly is torn down and refurbished or replaced. The hardware gets sent to the plater for white Zinc plating. The frames are too big for me to handle so those are sent out but everything else is done my me. The rest of the pics is a few of the things I've PCd.
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