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Powder Coating?

Hey, I was wondering who all here does their own powder coating or were thinking about doing their own powder coating?

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I do all my own powder coating. Summit has good powders. My oven is a large wall oven. Purchased thru Habitat for Humanities.. Works well but I'm limited to about 30" of length..
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I do all my own powder coating. Summit has good powders. My oven is a large wall oven. Purchased thru Habitat for Humanities.. Works well but I'm limited to about 30" of length..
I do powder coating myself also. Its good to see you are also coating. I am in the same boat with the oven myself, its just a normal household oven I found on Craigslist. I recently got another oven and want to join them together side by side and cut out the middle to fit some longer parts. If it works, in another year, I'll probably have 4 ovens cut and fit together like that. I haven't tried summit powders yet, I have had some good experience with Powder365. Got any pics of your work?

Anyways powder coating definitely serves its purpose in a car restoration. That's what I am in the middle of now anyways and that is how I got into powder coating. I was making this post to see if there was any kind of want for a powder coating how to guide.

I have started a guide and I am confident that it will be helpful for people already coating(but still kind of new) and especially for people that can't decide if they should do it themselves.

This is the powder coating guide I have been working on. So far it just covers the introductory stuff but it already answers a lot of questions that I remember having when I started out. I have tried to organize the info and put it all into one place.

Anways.. here is the link, it is called Powder Coating: The Complete Guide
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I've been doing it probably fifteen years. I bought the first gun Eastwood sold and still use it on occasion. It still works good and is quicker and easier to set up and clean than my pro gun.

I've bought power from several places and have had good luck with all of them. It pays to shop around as there is a big price difference. Powder By The Pound and Prismatic Powder has good deals and many different types of powder. There are almost so many it's hard to decide sometimes.

I believe Powder By The Pound has a forum with lots of good info.
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I do my own powdercoating too. I built a "pregnant oven." Take a standard oven add an insulated chamber (I used an old solid door and rock wool insulation). Rather than adding ovens together, if you search online, you will find many easy to build oven plans that use standard oven heating elements.
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I do my own powdercoating too. I built a "pregnant oven." Take a standard oven add an insulated chamber (I used an old solid door and rock wool insulation). Rather than adding ovens together, if you search online, you will find many easy to build oven plans that use standard oven heating elements.
Do you have any pics? I love seeing custom ovens for powder coating.
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I've been doing it probably fifteen years. I bought the first gun Eastwood sold and still use it on occasion. It still works good and is quicker and easier to set up and clean than my pro gun.

I've bought power from several places and have had good luck with all of them. It pays to shop around as there is a big price difference. Powder By The Pound and Prismatic Powder has good deals and many different types of powder. There are almost so many it's hard to decide sometimes.

I believe Powder By The Pound has a forum with lots of good info.

I do like prismatic. Powder 365 and All powder paints are also good ones. What type of pro gun are you using?
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Want to thank everyone for checking out the powder coating blog. Updates on new powder coating topics will be posted frequently. If anyone has a request for a certain topic, just let me know and id be happy to post about it.
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So if any one has had a chance to check out the blog, whats your opinion so far?
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Here some more pics of my powder coating. Just to show you the kind of results you can get at home.



















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Interesting topic. What are your thoughts on "chrome" powdercoating? Ive seen some that look like polished aluminum or stainless, but not chrome if you put them side by side.

Are there certain powders that are closer in appearance than others? If so, which and why
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Interesting topic. What are your thoughts on "chrome" powdercoating? Ive seen some that look like polished aluminum or stainless, but not chrome if you put them side by side.

Are there certain powders that are closer in appearance than others? If so, which and why
I like the chrome powder coat, there is nothing wrong with it but it will not compare to real chrome. It may someday, but currently it doesn't.

This is the story on chrome powder coat. When you spray the chrome powder coat on and bake it, it looks like maybe 95% chrome, it really looks awesome. But then, you MUST put clear over it. The clear is the reason why it doesn't look as good as chrome, or 95% chrome anyways. The clear has an effect on the way the chrome reflects light back. Acrylic clear powder coat is the best at keeping the chrome look.

Chrome powder coat gets its shine from lots of very tiny ground up aluminum particles, without the clear coat, these particles oxidize and turn white. You then loose the chrome look completely.

The only place chrome really has a chance without the clear is indoors and it should never be touched.

The best chrome I have used is called Super Chrome, and can be ordered from Prismatic powders. Another good one is Terminal chrome.
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For those following my guide, there are several new posts. And I dropped the long url so you can now get to it at just Powder Coating: The Complete Guide . The old link will still work though.
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I got a kiln for almost nothing. I built a circuit then wrote a book on the circuit to control it based on the arduino:

Powder Coating an Arduino

I use it in the shop every week to powdercoat something. I have used it several hundred times. The automated sequence makes it incredibly convenient. Drop the parts in and run the program. Done.

With ceramics on the decline and expensive automated ovens becoming the norm kilns are cheaply found on craigslist.

There are other commercial controllers which would control them as well.

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