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Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby CPIII » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:02 am

I am about to start building a curing oven and get setup for powder coating. I was amazed at how inexpensive the guns are now. You can get a decent gun for about $100 and a dual voltage for about $160 (Eastwood) and the powders are a lot cheaper than I thought also. The size of the oven right now is set for 4 ft wide, 4 ft deep and 6 ft tall. This should allow me to cure most things that i have in mind (The Continental Belton KA-5 mower that I am rebuilding). As far as the temperature controls I have everthing already on hand. I have found affordable insulation 3" thick(Fire Rated Batts) for about $120 (130 sqft). I already have two bundles of metal studs which I am going to use to build the enclosure then sheet with 28 ga steel. All in all it should be fairly straight forward. I will be posting pictures soon.

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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby CPIII » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:35 am

Found this link and I am building mine similar to this one.
http://www.smecca.com/2012/05/how-to-bu ... ting-oven/
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby Rudi » Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:09 am

Hmmmm... that does look interesting doesn't it :?: Useful project if you are going to powder coat a lot of parts/implements/Cubs :wink: :D

If you have a Habitat for Humanity Restore store in your area, you could find most of this stuff cheap. A goodly part anyways like steel studs, fire rated insulation (from plant demolitions) and maybe even the steel panning.
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby CPIII » Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:16 am

I found one 16 minutes from me...going by there during lunch!!! Thanks for the tip!!! Great stuff!!!
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby Gary Dotson » Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:21 am

I've been wanting to build an oven for some time, currently I can only powder coat small items that I can cure in a standard kitchen range oven. I scrapped out a kitchen range a couple years ago, saving the heating elements and controls. Maybe some day I'll get around to that project. At any rate, I really enjoyed reading about the one in the link. Please keep us informed as the project proceeds.
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby CPIII » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:35 pm

I made a little progress tonight....but it is going to take a while to complete as I have to wait till my project budget gets above 0 (2 kids in College).

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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby CPIII » Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:57 am

I may be putting the cart before the horse a little here but I just couldn't pass up the Harbor Freight Powder Coat Gun for $69.....so have gun.....no oven....
http://www.harborfreight.com/10-30-psi- ... 94244.html
The reviews are good for the most part.....but I am just looking for a starting setup and maybe later getting a higher end dual voltage gun. I will do some test runs in a small oven I have to see how it goes.....more pics to come.
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby Ken (48 Cub) » Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:42 pm

One of the comments states that he uses an infrared heater instaed of an oven.....HHHMMM wonder if that would work?
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby CPIII » Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:46 pm

They say it works really well...that is how a lot of people powder coat car frames and other large items......never tried it myself though...so just going by what I have read\heard.
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby Gary Dotson » Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:11 am

If you look at the Eastwood web site, you'll find infrared heaters designed for curing powder. I've never tried it either, though.
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby Mr Joshua » Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:18 am

I wprk for a really small company and i have recently gotten into all of our production pwder coating.i had to build our full setup on a small buget yet useful for production. I went to teds fab for our oven. They also sell controls for home built ovens. I just built a new booth out of metal studs and sheet metal.
When i first started coating i used a harbor freight gun.it worked pretty well but is noy easy to change colors. Columbia coatings is a good place for powder.they have a good selection anlt a decent price. Also they have ih and cub cadet colors.
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby CPIII » Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:32 am

I see posting for gun mods for the HF powder coat gun. Was the HF PC gun you used modified in any way?

http://forum.caswellplating.com/powder- ... e-ago.html
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby Mr Joshua » Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:42 pm

It was completely stock. did not have any problems with it. Just could not adjust the power level and changing powder colors is not too easy. I have a new gun now from columbia coatings.
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby CPIII » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:36 pm

Holy Crap!! I though powder coating would be cool ....but this is way cooler than I expected.....The HF Powder Coat gun works Awesome!!
Proof positive below:
Cooking:
First Powder Coat Cooking.jpg


Done:
First Powder Coat done.jpg

First Powder Coat Done II.jpg
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby Rudi » Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:49 pm

Charles:

Wow! That looks cool. I like how that hub turned out :D
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