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Old 03-08-2005, 12:43 PM
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E-coating advantages, disadvantages, and places

Hello,

So i am torn apart. I would like to get my car acid dipped and then e-coated, however the dipper close to me jsut dips it, no rust prevention or anything. E-coating seems like the best way to get a car primered and ready to go after getting it dipped. What are the advantages of e-coating, and places to get it done? I live in the bay area, california. there are many places in IL and OH i know of, but im not ready to ship my car there. Thank you

Also if anyone knows of a dipper in southern california that would be great as well.

James

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The only places I know of in the Midwest that have true e-coat systems with tanks and ovens large enough to take a complete car body are manufacturing facilities including my employer, we've been doing it for 16 years now for the Ag and Industrial equipment industry and the military. Due to the material, maintenance and energy costs associated with it it is only feasible for fairly large volume operations and the e-coat is only as good as the pre-treatment. Ours is currently an 8 stage system with a Zinc-Phosphate wash. Wish I could get my stuff done because a good system has fantastic corrosion resistance properties. Our current system can pass the ASTM B-117 1,000 hour salt spray test no problem and we are in the process of building a complete new system with 20 stage pretreatment that should leave this one in the dust. Unfortunately we can't even sneak small stuff through the tank. The last guy that tried doesn't work there anymore........ But yeah, if you can find a place that can do it and has a lot of experience at it it is the only way to go.
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