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Author Topic: Paint vs powdercoat....again  (Read 2297 times)

Offline randy lahey

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Paint vs powdercoat....again
« on: Sep 20, 2016, 22:01:24 »
Although I'm sure there's tons and tons of threads on paint vs powdercoat, I'm posting this for some advice on my specific situation.  I have a '74 CB360, and (obviously) I'm trying to decide between paint or powder.  I know a place near me that will powdercoat the frame and stuff cheap (cheaper than paint), so the argument is definitely for powder.

My only reason for considering painting the frame is because I got a little too loose with the grinder when de-tabbing the frame and now I have some divets in some rather noticable spots.  If I paint the frame , I could use some body fill over these spots.  Any advice?

Offline randy lahey

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Re: Paint vs powdercoat....again
« Reply #1 on: Sep 20, 2016, 22:55:25 »
To answer my own question, I think I'll try to smooth it out with JB weld and then powder coat.

Offline VonYinzer

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Re: Paint vs powdercoat....again
« Reply #2 on: Sep 20, 2016, 22:55:47 »
Fill them with JR Weld and file it smooth. Powder over it. Done. Just make sure that frame is 110% done before you send it out.
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Offline MotoCafe

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Re: Paint vs powdercoat....again
« Reply #3 on: Sep 21, 2016, 10:42:35 »
Agreed, make sure the frame is COMPLETELY ready b4 getting coated. You will see every imperfection.

Offline o1marc

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Re: Paint vs powdercoat....again
« Reply #4 on: Sep 21, 2016, 17:21:17 »
I would talk with the coater before hand and discuss the issues. If he's a garage powder coater who's doing it really cheap you may find that corners are cut in the process. There are special fillers for powder coating and while JB Weld will do (I use it), your coater may have something else he prefers. Just make sure the frame is clean and don't worry about blasting it or anything. Normally blasting is provided in the cost of the coating. If it doesn't include blasting that's one of the reasons it can be done cheaper and I would shy away from that coater, cheap is not always better when it comes to powder coating. Find out what method he uses for plugging threaded holes and make sure you point out to him any holes or threads that need masking or plugging. Powder is almost always cheaper than paint when professionally done.
What's the name of the place that is doing it?

Offline VonYinzer

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Re: Paint vs powdercoat....again
« Reply #5 on: Sep 21, 2016, 17:43:42 »
Cheap work is rarely good and good work is rarely cheap, to paraphrase a sign in every tattoo shop in the country ;)
Like a river that don't know where it's flowin'
I took a wrong turn and just kept goin'

Offline lostboy

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Re: Paint vs powdercoat....again
« Reply #6 on: Sep 21, 2016, 22:20:24 »
Frig off Randy. No more hamburgers for you.


Powder all the way.

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Re: Paint vs powdercoat....again
« Reply #7 on: Sep 21, 2016, 23:10:52 »
We all know powder is the answer, the price is what dictates the means. 

If you can get a good price on powder, do it. I build bikes on a budget so I generally paint myself. I've had experience with professionally powder coated commercial equipment, and I've chipped the stuff just as easily as I've had paint chip.

It's all in the prep.


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Offline randy lahey

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Re: Paint vs powdercoat....again
« Reply #8 on: Sep 22, 2016, 02:48:09 »
It's actually a mennonite (believe it or not) that has an industrial powder coating operation on his farm.  I've had the frame and stuff of my last bike, a zx6r, done there.  The final result is good, cost me $60, but they're no help as far as prep work, plugging and taping.  They just clean and coat.  I try to do as much work as I can myself, but still on a budget this is definitely cheaper than good paint supplies, nor do I have the experience, knowledge, or proper set up for a good paint job.

Offline lostboy

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Re: Paint vs powdercoat....again
« Reply #9 on: Sep 22, 2016, 11:44:08 »
It's actually a mennonite (believe it or not) that has an industrial powder coating operation on his farm.  I've had the frame and stuff of my last bike, a zx6r, done there.  The final result is good, cost me $60, but they're no help as far as prep work, plugging and taping.  They just clean and coat.  I try to do as much work as I can myself, but still on a budget this is definitely cheaper than good paint supplies, nor do I have the experience, knowledge, or proper set up for a good paint job.

Yeah a Mennonite that watches trailer park boys.