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Old April 2nd, 2010, 08:50 PM   #81
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Today, I put together my new rolling cart from Harbor Freight, and set up my new Kool Koat gun setup on the cart. I used the lower tray for storing the jugs/bottles of powder. I'm liking this rolling setup. I can move it around and position it where I want it.

I worked on powdercoating up the aluminum sheet metal valve covers, which were originally on my 304 stroker when we built & dynoed it. These have been coated with Eastwood's SINGLE STAGE Chrome powder. It's a lot easier to work with than the 2-stage chrome (which needs a clear coat).

I also powdercoated the Edelbrock Airgap intake, which will be going on the 304 stroker. I had previously coated it with the 2-stage chrome (no clear coat on it). I followed up today with 2 coats of Eastwood's Black Stardust. I am liking this color A LOT! (if only I could powdercoat my entire GW in it ... ).

I also powdercoated an Offy I6 intake with the single stage chrome, covering over the first layer of 2-stage chrome (no clear). This is currently listed in the for sale forum.

Finally, I powdercoated a set of 15x8 steel wheels, which I bought locally from the guy who bought my Ultra II aluminum wheels back in the fall. The were originally chrome. He had painted them black. I had them sand blasted at a local shop, which is A LOT quicker and A LOT better than my ugraded HF cabinet can do. I based coated these with 2-stage chrome (no clear), then followed up with 2 coats of Eastwood's Silver Vein while they were hot. Since I sprayed them hot, the resulting coating is more of a gun metal grey color. Looks pretty cool. I am going to put this set up for sale, also.

Soon, I am going to test out putting a GW grill shell in the oven. I have a "JEEP" logo one that is smashed a bit. I am going to use it as a guinea pig for powder testing and curing a large/long part in the oven.

























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Old April 6th, 2010, 08:18 AM   #82
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Default PC Wheels installed on a GW

Brian over on the IFSJA.org forum, got the powdercoated Grand Wagoneer rims installed on his Jeep ... here are some pics he sent me.





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Old April 8th, 2010, 07:26 AM   #83
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If anyone is interested in my old oven and 2 HotCoat guns, I just posted them up in the For Sale forum at
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Old April 11th, 2010, 08:00 PM   #84
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Here are some box van back door hinges/latches that I did up for a buddy's brother. These are done in Eastwood's single stage chrome.











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Old April 11th, 2010, 08:01 PM   #85
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Just an FYI ... I sold them on Craigslist. Thanks.
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Old April 11th, 2010, 09:14 PM   #86
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This has been a great thread. Thanks so much for sharing. I use the cheap HF powdercoater now and it does a good job. I plan to build a better oven this year and this thread has helped me alot. Thanks, Keep us posted.
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Old April 11th, 2010, 10:18 PM   #87
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This has been a great thread. Thanks so much for sharing. I use the cheap HF powdercoater now and it does a good job. I plan to build a better oven this year and this thread has helped me alot. Thanks, Keep us posted.
Thanks ... glad to be of help. A few others on www.ifsja.org have been bit by the PC bug, so that's cool. It's more like play-time than work, and the finished parts are so cool looking.

When you get ready to build your oven, definitely check out the Caswell Oven-building forum for more oven ideas.
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Old April 22nd, 2010, 09:10 PM   #88
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Default What a difference ... not even powdercoated yet

I got a set of old Edelbrock aluminum valve covers glass bead-blasted today. WOW! What a difference ... from looking like junky old covers to looking new. This is the most tic change I've seen in blasting aluminum parts. Eventually, these will be powdercoated, probably in single stage chrome.















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Old April 26th, 2010, 04:21 PM   #89
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Default First attempt at multi-color coating on lettering

I finally tried doing multiple colors today. Followed instructions I had seen on the Eastwood forum.



After spraying the metallic blue area and curing that, the cover was cooled down and everything peeled off.



After that, the chrome was sprayed and then I carefully used a damp foam paint brush to wipe/dab the powder off of the lettering.



While it was fun trying, I am not satisfied with the results ... guess I'll have to practice more!



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Default 15x10 custom JEEP wheels

I'm just about done with the custom 15x10 wheels, which I added the Full Size Jeep Wagoneer JEEP center caps to. Here's pics of two of them done up in Eastwood's Black Stardust.









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Everything looks really cool !!!!! Was the matalic in the powder? How did you get the gold in there?
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Everything looks really cool !!!!! Was the matalic in the powder? How did you get the gold in there?
Thanks. Yes, the metallics are already in the powders for these colors.

Out of the sunlight, the rims look like a semi-gloss black with silver speckles in it ... the sunlight really brings out the BAM! factor.
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Default Removable Roll-Cage sections

Did these up for a buddy tonight. They are removable sections for a roll cage in a Mustang drag car, so that it can be user-friendly on the street. These sections are removable, so that you can get in/out of the doors, without having to be Bo or Luke Duke.



















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Default Today's projects ... MAINTENANCE and REPAIRS

Since the weather was so wet today, it was a "wash" for doing any powdercoating (I spray the powder outside), so I did some needed maintenance on the oven.


I chipped out the loose oven cement, which I had sealed all the inside corner seams with. I then resealed all the corner seams with the HVAC aluminum tape, previously used on the outside. Top seams were treated to a double thickness, to help hold more heat inside the oven.

The next thing I worked on was fixing the broken window on the inside of the door. A few weeks back, I picked up a junk oven door for $20 from a used appliance store, which still had good oven door glass in it. I took it apart today and figured out a way to quickly install it and keep it a FLOATING glass setup this time.

Tomorrow, since the weather is supposed to clear up, I plan to finish a Full Size Jeep grill and air deflector for MenInBlack and the t-stat housing for a FSJer in the Netherlands (to go with a Performer intake I coated for him), among other parts I need to finish up.

Here are pics of today's work on the oven.



*** INSIDE SEAMS FIXED ****









**** FIXING THE BROKEN GLASS IN THE DOOR ****
























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Old June 7th, 2010, 09:12 AM   #95
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Default Quick AM Upgrade, before powdercoating

I finally took my last sheet of 26 gauge funace duct and had it cut and bent into heat shields to place over the oven elements. They are now screwed into place and ready for doing MenInBlack's grill.



Another powdercoater recommended the shields a while back, and again yesterday, so that the localized heat from the elements does not spot burn the powder or cause yellowing to the clear coat.



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Old June 7th, 2010, 10:03 PM   #96
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Default grill and air deflector

Worked on MenInBlack's Full Size Jeep grill and air deflector today. Both have been shot and in Extreme Chrome and then re-shot in Single Stage Chrome.

I discovered some interesting tidbits on shooting chrome(s) today. Cast parts (thicker) turn out better than thin parts. The thicker parts, when first shot in extreme chrome (or 2-stage reflective chrome), then cured, and then immediately hot-flocked in Eastwood's Single Stage Chrome ... end up looking really stinking good ... nice and shiny. Thinner parts (like a grill), when done with the same process, tend to have a bit more GREY tint to them ... still shiny, just a little more grey to it. I am thinking that since the thicker parts hold their temp longer out of the oven (for hot-flocking), that it results in better flow-out and melting of the powder, than thinner parts, which cool down a lot faster. I am going to have to experiment with this more.

Needless to say, I got Eric's grill/deflector done today and swung by his place to drop them off and visit. Here are pics.

TEST FITTING THE GRILL IN THE OVEN


WAITING FOR POWDER


CUSTOM HANGER I "FABBED" UP


GRILL DONE


CLOSE UP OF GRILL


DEFLECTOR DONE


CLOSE UP OF DEFLECTOR
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Default 2-stage on a bench vise

Today, I finished up a bench vise for a buddy. It was done in Eastwood's Mirror Blue and Super Gloss Clear coat. Two of the faces have been polished and cleared, the rest are in blue. Here are the pics.





















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Old June 22nd, 2010, 10:56 AM   #98
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Default AMC Eagle windshield trim

Yesterday, I bead-blasted and powdercoated some windshield trim off one of our old Eagle SX4's. This is for another AMC buddy's Concord wagon, which has a bad reflection of the stock aluminum trim, distracting his field of view, while driving. Here are before, during and after pics.





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Default Don't try this at home, kids ...

Well, I'm attempting to powdercoat my new-to-me 6" Hellcreek lift springs, for my Grand Wagoneer project. Got them sandblasted ... that was the easy part (done at my local shop).

Today, I worked on powdercoating the 2 rear springs ... all I can say is that I need to start working out more with the olympic weights I'm going to sandblast and powdercoat for my brother-in-law (see pics). Trying to hang these heavy suckers up in the oven has been a funny attempt ... guess that I need Hanz and Franz from SNL as personal trainers.














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Old July 11th, 2010, 10:10 PM   #100
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I found a few pics of my old CJ5 frame, when I powdercoated it at home, using a propane infrared heater. It took a while, doing it a section at a time, but it turned out really nice. This was done in Eastwood's Mirror Black finish.



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