Powder Coat Curing Oven

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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby CPIII » Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:14 am

Thanks Rudi.....The prep wasn't any worse than for painting....except that I ran a torch over it to make sure I had all the grease and paint gone...I can't wait to get the big oven finished so I can do my rims and centers not to mention the mower deck....hope it fits!

After this trial run it makes me realize Powder Coating is the way to go if it is at all possible.......don't think I would attempt a Cub hood though. :shock:
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby CPIII » Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:31 am

I managed to find this old double oven on Craigslist for $30 should work great for small-medium parts....I even think I could fit a front rim in there. Progress on the big oven has been slow....not enough funds. But I have manged to find all the parts....
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby Mr Joshua » Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:35 pm

Thats exactly how i started. Still use my double oven on occasio. I have been spraying alot of powder this week.so far i have done 419 parts and its only wendsday. Got a bunch more lined up to do. How did you clean the part you did?
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby CPIII » Thu Oct 04, 2012 6:11 am

I use a $20 sanblaster I bought from TSC and the black diamond 40 grit blasting sand (50 lbs for $8)....works pretty good but eventually I want to get a bigger air compressor and big sandblaster. But for now it does what i need to do....The mower deck will take a bit more so I might take it somewhere and pay someone to blast it for me.....might be cheaper that way. I just ordered 2 lbs of IH Red and 2 lbs of Anodized Aluminum from Columbia Coatings....that should arrive tomorrow....so next week I will be coating the front rims. I will post pics when I get them finished. I never would have thought that PC would be so easy...but it is...and it isn't hard to get really good results. I am definitely sold on PC.
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby Mr Joshua » Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:28 pm

Its not that hard as long as you have enough space in an oven and the parts are clean. One thing i would suggust is to heat thr parts up to curing temperature to allow the parts to outgass any oils in the metal otherwise you may end up wwith small inperfections in the coating from oils soaked in the metal. I outgass every part i coat. I also use a product cslled prepall that columbia sells to help clean the metal. Just my .02
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby CPIII » Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:42 pm

AH....I didn't understand what you meant by "Clean"....I use my torch (1 inch rosebud) to heat the part up to get rid of all surface oils and such.....so it is similar to what you are doing....except for the solution.
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby CPIII » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:06 pm

Well I recieved my powders from Columbia Coatings yesterday.....2 Lbs IH Red (http://www.columbiacoatings.com/category_s/102.htm) and 2 Lbs Anodized Aluminum (https://www.columbiacoatings.com/category_s/960.htm) for my rims....not a bad deal really 2lbs for about $20.
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Now I have to get my 50 amp recepticle installed tonight and then I can build a rolling base for the double oven and after that I should have pictures of my rims to post.

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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby Rudi » Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:51 pm

Charles:

I am really following this thread of yours. Had a chum come by yesterday, looking at my Cubs and remarking that I really should restore them all to their original glory. Keith also suggested that I should powder coat just about everything -- better than painting in his opinion :shock: So.... how big a cabinet does one have to be to powder coat a Cub :lol:
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby CPIII » Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:05 pm

Hopefully a cub that is dismantled will fit in the oven I am building......not sure if I will ever get to that level but .......who knows....it is sort of contagious....powder coat one part....another...another...where will it stop...who knows.
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby CPIII » Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:13 am

Last night I was able to hook up my 240v 50 amp outlet and get my oven up and running. This is the first of IH Red that I have shot....turned out pretty good. Going to try an shoot some of the Anodized Aluminum powder this weekend.

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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby Stanton » Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:22 am

Starting to turn out real good. Thanks for sharing pictures/story on the powder coating process.
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby Mr Joshua » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:22 pm

theoretically you can powder a whole cub. Just have to mask everything.remove any sign of grease.and remove all rubber and anything that will melt. The tin may be a little hard to do but can be done. If you need to fill any dents you would need high temp metal filler. My oven is big enoughand believe me im thinkingabout it.
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby CPIII » Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:27 pm

After looking at how the final drive bull gear cover came out ...it sort of make the rest of it look bad.....Like I said no telling where I will stop...But a powder coated cub would sure look good.
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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby CPIII » Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:41 pm

Well I think I found a cheap easy powder coat booth for under $12. What do you guys think? Cut the front hole a bit bigger....close in the top.....A thin piece of Teflon on the bottom to collect re-use powder. The bar (And its conductive!) will hold most things I am going to coat.

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Re: Powder Coat Curing Oven

Postby CPIII » Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:56 am

Well I ended up not using the moving boxes for my PC booth...while at Home Depot I found a 4X8 sheet of 5mm (About 1/4") underlayment (What I call plywood) for $10 a sheet.... Since I would need two of the moving boxes ($10 each) the build my own option would require a bit more work but would be cheaper in the end. I will send picture of that when I can......

I also built a stand for my PC double oven this past weekend......it came out ok...I used ever bit of scrap steel I had laying around...don't laugh too hard.
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The furniture dolly I purchased from TSC ($22) was cheaper than buying individual casters. The dolly is just for now though until I figure out a permanent place for the oven to stay,
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