Painting or Powder coating

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by 2VEZR25, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. 2VEZR25

    2VEZR25 Recuerde el 911

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    Is there a general consensus regards the best method of recoloring a frame i.e. paint or powdercoating?
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  2. Bobmws

    Bobmws Curmudgeon At Large

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    Powder coating will hold up better, stripping and prep done by the powder coater.
    Paint, if you do it yourself, will reguire a thorough degreasing, sanding, primering and finish coating. Less money, more labor.
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  3. Old Mule

    Old Mule Been here awhile

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    If you use it for off rooad rough stuff or racing, I would paint, as it is difficult to detect cracks under powder coat.
    Also it you need to weld repairs on a frame, paint is easier to touch up.
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  4. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    True dat.
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  5. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    We do both. Many of the more hardcore travelers prefer paint as it is easier to deal with if they wish to weld a piece on or do any additions at some point. Powdercoat is more durable though. Paint is easier to touch up. Toss up maybe?
    Our metal bodies are almost all powdercoated and do very well. The ones that are painted are typically painted over powdercoat as it does seal things up very well and make paint prep more simple.
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  6. 2VEZR25

    2VEZR25 Recuerde el 911

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    Thanks for your feedback. Seems like it might get down to personal preference then. How about engine parts? Powdercoat or heat paint?
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  7. jaydmc

    jaydmc Long timer

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    We prefer powder coat it holds up better and I think looks better.
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  8. ricmachado

    ricmachado Been here awhile

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    not trying to hijack, but does anyone used the truck bed liner to paint the hack inside and out (not done by shop, but home DIY type)
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  9. Melrone

    Melrone Been here awhile

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    I use both just depending what parts they are. On the frame I had to fix some welding to repair a bad weld that area will be painted with Rustolem frame paint Black..To the other question I line x my old Ural tub on the inside and will do it again when I repaint my new tub..
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  10. soldierguy

    soldierguy Been here awhile

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    I used the roll on bedliner (Herculiner) on the fender flares and rocker panels of a truck I used to have. It looked great and held up very well. Surface prep is the key. The only thing with herculiner is that it fades pretty quickly. I used black semi-gloss rattle can paint to keep it looking black.
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