I didn't know if I should have started this thread here or in the "Body - Exterior" area.
I have a Chrysler Prowler. One of the most visible things this car is known for is it's exposed front suspension. The front suspension is a multi-link system with double wishbone upper and lower control arms that have been anodized. The upper and lower ball joints have been pressed in by the factory and are not replaceable; if the ball joint goes out, you typically have to buy the whole control arm.
What I'd like to do is maybe have the upper and lower control arms, the steering knuckles, and the push-rods powder-coated. Several manufacturers of powder-coating now offer a high-lustre finish that looks somewhat like polished metal. Caswell Electroplating
is one. I think this might be a nice alterantive to having the supsension chrome plated.
I am more than capable of disassembling my suspension but I do not have the tools to press-out and reinstall the ball joints, which should not be done anyway.
My concern is this: What damage might I do to the ball joints (or other "sub-components") of the suspension by having it powder-coated? Can these sub-components be protected from the powder-coating process?
Thanks in advance.
JohnC - Kechi, KS