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powdercoat: at home kits

anyone ever try those at home powdercoating kits? Just curious.

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i'm not sure which one you are talking about... but i hear they make a big mess

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they're all more or less the same, take your pick. charge the piece, spray the powder, hang in the oven, drink beer.

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Don't know if it's true or not, but I've heard you do not want to use an oven that you ever plan on cooking in again

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Don't know if it's true or not, but I've heard you do not want to use an oven that you ever plan on cooking in again
yeah, you need a separate oven, this I know.

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If you're not going to do it on a regular basis why bother with do it at home kits? Price is prohibitive?

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If you're not going to do it on a regular basis why bother with do it at home kits? Price is prohibitive?
it would be much more convenient walking to my basement than driving to the powdercoaters. Would be nice to coat some odds and ends, bike parts and whatnot.

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not very expensive to powdercoat something, unless you want to keep doing small things.

I've heard that they work just fine as long as you follow the process to the tee, I've heard of a few people that powdercoat in their backyard all the time on gixxer.com.

Cost me like 100$ to powdercoat a swingarm and I just picked a random place

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it would be much more convenient walking to my basement than driving to the powdercoaters. Would be nice to coat some odds and ends, bike parts and whatnot.
True, but how often will you do it, anyway? I remember painting a bike at my friend's garage and man was it messy. I think he still finds black and yellow paint residue in random places even though we came up with sort of a painting chamber (used large plastic sheets). I would imagine powdercoating can be messy as well.

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I thought about it. I almost bought the eastwoodCO one. But then I thought about it and the only thing I needed to powdercoat was my mid pipe, rear sets and gas cap.

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I've looked into it, and also got advice from a guy who has a professional setup. basically, he said it's a giant pain in the ass. lot's of prep work, powder gets everywhere, etc, etc. on top of the powdercoating setup you would also want a media-blasting setup if you were gonna do it right.
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I thought you needed an electric oven for some reason. Real small stuff, a toaster oven would be fine.
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I was at a buddies while he powder coated some parts.
He sprayed the powder onto the piece in a big cardboard box.
he had another piece of cardboard on the bottom to retrive the overspray for reuse.

I was told you are NOT supposed to use a gas oven.
something about the mixture of the 2 emitting a poisonous gas.

You can spot heat the item if you are recoating it with a heat lamp as well

I have one here from harborfreight that I never got around to using and have an electric stove I'll be trying it sooner or later as well.

I need to get a water separator as the one hooked to my compressor doesn't seem to be working.


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The Eastwood kit is the original one, and has now come down in price from $139.99 to currently $89.95. I've used it 6 years now, and guess what? It works well, and has paid for itself many times over. Their powder supplies and color choices are excellent, as is their tech support line. Recommended.

To address previous points:
1.) You do need a dedicated electric oven. I bought the largest one I could find at a used appliance store for $50, and 17" wheels will just fit inside it. I store it in the crawlspace, as it's too large to keep on valuable shop floor space for limited use.
2.) A large cardboard box as mentioned is perfect for doing the actual coating
3.) Again, preparation is critical to success of any powdercoating job. You'll need a beadblaster or sandblasting cabinet (which needs a compressor, of course). Harbor Freight has them for $100-300. Keep in mind that 220 power supply is must for any big-ass compressor or large oven.
4.) The whole process isn't that messy, but ends up being almost as time consuming as painting. It just isn't as smelly, and is more durable in the long run.

Once you have all the supplies, the learning curve isn't too bad. Don't expect perfect results immediately- practice on a few junk parts first till you get the routine down. If you just have one or two items to coat, and don't already have any of the above, it's clearly not worth it. If you're a dedicated do-it-yourselfer, it's really nice to be self sufficient and in control of your time and results.
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Or just give whatever you want powder coated to Grasshopper. He has a guy that does it, at work I believe, and it looks VERY nice. I think he posted a thread about it with pics of Rachel's pegs that the guy powdercoated, and I've seen them in person and they look awesome. I'm getting my clutch and brake lever done.

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Or just give whatever you want powder coated to Grasshopper. He has a guy that does it, at work I believe, and it looks VERY nice. I think he posted a thread about it with pics of Rachel's pegs that the guy powdercoated, and I've seen them in person and they look awesome. I'm getting my clutch and brake lever done.
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