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Old 01-19-2012, 09:13 AM
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Building a Powder Coating Shop in My 2 car Garage

I've been doing a fair amount of reading on the process of powder coating & what equipment you need.

I'm in the process of purchasing an entry level powder coating gun from Harbor Freight to practice my skills with.
It is a Chicago Electric Power Tools 10-30 PSI System for $74.99.

I'll start off by powder coating some small random pieces, while gradually moving up and coating wheels, bike frames, calipers, etc.

Powder Coating requires an Electric Oven/Infrared Heat Lamp. The heat lamp offers more versatility on what I am able to powder coat since I am only limited by the length of the cord while the oven limits me to its interior dimensions.

I am still trying to figure out my options for abarasive blasting. Whether should invest in a Blasting Box or to invest time & money into sand paper.

I plan on setting this up in my two-car garage. I work for a safety supply company so the ventilation systems, barrier walls, respirators, gloves etc.. are free.

Does anyone have any experience in powder coating in there garage or in a private shop? If so do you have any suggestions, hints or tips to get the process right?
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:25 AM
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Sorry no help here but subscribed to see how this turns out.
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i have the same gun...... works very well. when i 1st started out i was using the HF powder but i quickly found out that its crap, uneven melting leads to uneven shine when u are done. better to buy from a paint shop or a powder coating supply place. as far as the oven gos i would say you should be ok until you start trying to PC wheels you should be fine with the 150 buck oven they have at harbor. fiy the biggest on they sell only fits a 15 inch wheel. with that said ive powder coated some old 17's with a cutting torch on low because you only need to get the part up to 160-190 degrees to bond. now to getting your parts clean, i would say do like i did. get the little media stand up box for all your rotors and brake parts and all your little stuff and a long hose that you ran out onto a trap on the lawn for your big stuff ( get eye wear and breather mask ). if u wanna give me a call pm me and we can shoot the shittt about powercoating.
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If you were closer I would let you guinea pig my oem wheels. I've photoshopped them sort of ferric grey and the car would look great.
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WOW! i want to see how this turns out too. I've seen the work being done in person and i seen the equipment that is needed for a larger scale. I wish you the best of luck
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Just purchased the gun.

Reading up about the abrasive guns & such I can hook up to my compressor.

I can build my own 'Blast Box' for little to nothing so all I really need is a gun.

I sell a fair amount of product to PPG here in Columbus-so I will see if they can help out with the Powder.
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the only reason i got the box was because i didnt wanna waste the glass bead..... if your just shooting walnut shells then u can go crazy outside....... i cant strees getting a good water/air separater enough. wet media dont work well at all. i always like u start with walnut/sand and the finish nice clean glass. it really makes it bling.... look into clear powder coat for oem stuff you dont want to stick out.

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