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 Post subject: Powdercoating a pace?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:29 pm 
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Toying with the idea of powdercoating my pace - but worried that :
a) it will cover up the details on that lovely external butting.
b) is a bit sacrilegious.

What think yea - anyone done it?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:33 pm 
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An aluminium Pace? Depending on the type of alloy that might not be too good as the heat involved in baking the powder (400ish C if I recall) is sufficient to damage the structure of the metal that the hear treatment gave it during manufacture.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:36 pm 
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I would recommend either re anodising or spray painting. Powder coating does need to be baked and won't give that pretty a finish as it is obviously thicker. I am also a big fan of hydro dipping if you like to get very fancy


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:54 pm 
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I know a guy who recently had a motorbike frame nylon coated. I don't know much about the process, but it looks super wet glossy.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:59 pm 
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ellist wrote:
re anodising


Trouble with re-ano-ing is that no one seems to bikes from my limited research so far. There are a couple of possibilities to check out but nothing definate.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:28 am 
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I'll have a look into it and let you know


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:30 am 
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Try stevebarry1978@google.com.
Also http://www.smbplating.co.uk/
Apparently http://www.argoscycles.com/ can do it to. Seems removing all non aluminium parts is a must. And the prep is v important. Have a chat with them.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:39 am 
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Powder coating is nowhere near 400C... we bake our welded aluminium frames (not of the bike variety admittedly, but structural none0the-less) at 190C for 20mintues, and are starting to experiment with powders at temps as low as 150C

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:49 pm 
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Plenty of aluminium frames get powder coated. I see no issues there.
You just need to be sure you use a good company that are about finish & not turnover.

PCL local to me in (Bridgwater, Somerset) are awesome.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:06 pm 
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unkleGsif wrote:
Powder coating is nowhere near 400C... we bake our welded aluminium frames (not of the bike variety admittedly, but structural none0the-less) at 190C for 20mintues, and are starting to experiment with powders at temps as low as 150C

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G - you seem to know this stuff - what's you thoughts on the visibility of the butting through the powder coating? Good pic of it here on the down tube.


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