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Axles back from Powdercoat!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by IGOR, Jun 19, 2003.

  1. IGOR

    IGOR 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Just got my 14 bolt, and miscellaneous components back from the powdercoater. They look pretty sweet! And yes I plan to abuse them - the price was VERY right - so couldn't pass up the opportunity! Show truck & chrome plated leaf springs here we come! :pimp::pimp:

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    parts look sweet. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Very nice! How many chrome shocks you gonna try to mount to that thing? /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif Looks good! Should hold up better than paint!

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    THATS WHAT I CALL GOING THE EXTRA MILE,
    SWEEEEET /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  5. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    how durable is powder coating compared to well prepped/applied paint?

    j
     
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    looks pimp, be nice to have the hold underneath of my truck coated, Cleanup would be sweet.......
     
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    bling bling /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  8. Don

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    [ QUOTE ]
    how durable is powder coating compared to well prepped/applied paint?

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    Powder is alot tougher than paint ever thought of being. You can bang on something painted, and it will chip. If You bang on something powder coated, it will not chip, too a certain extent that is. You really have to smack it to make it chip. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    Very Nice Job on the Axle, and all the peice's! /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
  9. IGOR

    IGOR 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Thanks guys for all the kudos!

    Yes - as Don mentioned, powder is very durable. Powdercoat is a combination of polymers & resins that are baked on to the surface at ~400 degrees (this varies with different brands/types/colors), providing a surface much more durable than paint -

    It's biggest disadvantage that I can see is it is not easy to repair once scratched - usually that is done with run-of-the mill touch up paint

    This particular powder has a teflon component to it as well - so hopefully, it will slide right over stuff! /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif Just like burger grease in a teflon pan! /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Looks great, can't imagine ever being able to get my grease/grime covered axles clean enough to do that. How were they prepped for powdercoating? I'm envious!
     
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    IGOR 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    My neighbor down the street does sandblasting for beer! (and sometimes $$$ too :D

    So I took all my stuff to him - and he sandblasted it - leaf springs too -
     
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    Do you have to pull everything out of the axles. I want to Pcoat mine but I don't want to pull out my gears and everything. Would the heat mess up the seals? /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    I'm guessing the heat would melt the seals to nothing, the axles would have to be disassembled.
     
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    Absolutely -

    You have to get the axles completely clean - any oil residue will be baked out of the axles and run down onto the powder - ruining your finish in that area...

    Having the axles in an oven at 400-degrees for 40 min to an hour will definitely screw up your rubber seals. And I'd imagine the pinion seal as well...

    If you can find someone to do it with the gears in more power to you - but I wouldn't recommend it /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
     
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    Very nice!!!/forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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    Guess I'll wait till I swap in the 5.13's to pcoat them /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    They do look nice. You'll probably think twice before you start scrapping your money off onto rocks though. /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif Did you have them double coat it? What brand of powdercoating did you use?
    When I had my K5 body coated I had them double coat it inside and out with a dark blue made by Cardinal. I thought it would be pretty durable too until my F'ed up neighbor slammed his door into mine and left a dent and deep scratches just a few weeks after I had it done. /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif But it is more durable than paint I must say.
     
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    They do look nice. You'll probably think twice before you start scrapping your money off onto rocks though.

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    You're right about that!

    This was Cardinal Powder as well...
     
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    One of the reasons I choose Cardinal was because they made paint that was an exact match to the powder. If you didn't pick any up then the place that did your coating should be able to get it for you in spray cans, quart, and gallon containers. /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
     

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