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Old 01-14-2011, 07:04 PM
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Powdercoating Leaf spring

Can I strip and powdercoat my leaf spring, or is this not advised as the blades slide against each other?

The blades in my spring have rubber buttons at the end of them, so it's not the actual blades rubbing against each other

Does this make any difference?

What's the best approach to fishing my spring?

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yes you can, it will wear through where they rub after a while
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Powder Coating

Remember Powder Coating Is A Heat Based Process So The Metal Is The Only Thing That Can Go Into The Oven...no Rubber, Plastic, Etc.
And Because These Leafs Will Rubb Against Each Other You Will Have Chipping. You Would Be Better Served By Doing A Good Paint Job On Them Assembled.
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Remember Powder Coating Is A Heat Based Process So The Metal Is The Only Thing That Can Go Into The Oven...no Rubber, Plastic, Etc.
And Because These Leafs Will Rubb Against Each Other You Will Have Chipping. You Would Be Better Served By Doing A Good Paint Job On Them Assembled.

Painting assembled leads only to quicker rusting misery.
Powder coating will take alot longer to get there.

BTW, it takes longer to type if you capitalize every word.
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[QUOTE=ant_8u]Can I strip and powdercoat my leaf spring, or is this not advised as the blades slide against each other?

You must have a pretty big oven if your going to do them yourself.

I would go with a Shop that can sand blast them and P/C them properly. Stripping the springs down to their barest form would be a sizable job, as well as the re-assembly. Don't forget the spring clamps, shackles, and hangers.
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you could use anti-squeak in between the leafs
i painted my springs with por15 and installed the anti-squeak in between each leaf
it came in a roll and is designed for leaf springs
i tried to find a link but failed
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I have a set of Eaton (Detroit) Rod-Ride rear springs, and I called them to ask about disassembly and painting or powder coat, and they did not want me to take the springs apart, and recommended that I just get a decent quality paint (POR, Rustoleum, etc.) and just coat them a couple of times before putting on the vehicle. They said to touch up periodically if any rust starts to show around the edges. Springs are painted and on, but car is still in the build stage!
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