FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does it cost to powder coat?
Powder coating prices vary greatly from job to job. Factors that go into pricing of parts include:
- Amount of preparation required. This can vary from; having to chemically strip the parts, degrease/hot tanking, sandblast, etch, hand sand, hand brush … etc. Parts need to be completely bare metal, grease free, and etched properly prior to coating for the best adhesion.
- Masking required on parts. Various parts will need to be masked off prior to powder coating. That can include bearing surfaces, tight fitting joints, mating surfaces that require them to stay true, ground connections points, studs, 2 tone colors on parts, stencils … and so on. The more masking the more labor that goes into it.
- Color wanted on parts. Certain colors require multiple coats to be achieved, we start from basic single stage colors, to base coat/ clear coat colors, to candy colors which can require metallic base/ candy clear/ clear coat. Going further from that, primers can be added under all those for added durability in exterior applications.
- Quantities of parts. There are normally discounts on parts with larger volumes of the same color.
What can be powder coated?
We can powder coat almost anything that can withstand about 400 degrees Fahrenheit. That includes; aluminum, steel, magnesium, titanium, stainless steel, white metal, cast metal, glass, chrome parts.
Is powder coating UV stable?
Most powder coats we carry and keep in stock are UV stable and are rated for both indoor and outdoor use. A UV stable clear coat is normally added to metallic and pearl colors for better exterior durability and also adds depth to the color.
However, certain colors such as neon/fluorescent colors, will tend to always fade much quicker than traditional colors due to the way they absorb and reflex light. A clear coat will help slow down the process, but will inevitably still occur.
Can you powder coat wheel center caps?
Most center caps are generally made out of plastic and would melt in the oven if we try to powder coat them. However, if your center caps are made out of steel or aluminum, we can certainly match those to your rims.
Can you paint match my paint color code to powder coat?
Generally speaking, no. Car color codes do not cross over to powder coating codes. The best thing to do is bring in a sample color of what you are trying to match and we would match our swatches to it, or we can custom mix some colors to try our best to get it as close as possible.
Aside from that, the only paints that can cross over properly to powder coats are RAL color codes.
Can you powder coat brake caliper?
Yes! Brake calipers have to be brought in off the vehicle, but that is about the only thing that needs to be done. From there we can take care of having all the pistons and seals removed from them, along with rebuilding them with new seals if required and brought back to you. With proper planning / scheduling we can turn them around as quick as 24 hours to ensure your vehicle is off the hoist as quick as possible.
Can you powder coat over chrome?
Yes we can. We do powder coating over the chrome bike parts and rims constantly without any issues majority of the time. The key part is getting a good etch on the parts prior to coating to allow good adhesion.
Certain parts though that have chrome already flaking off them, would either be feathered out as best as possible, and then a powder primer coat can be applied, which would then allow us to block sand the low areas and provide a smooth, level surface to work from. In some small cases on aluminium parts only, we are able to have the chrome removed completely by reverse plating it off.
In any case though, any corroded away areas from the galvanic corrosion, will still be there as low spots, unless we fill them in with primer and hand block sand the parts.
What’s your turn around time powder coating parts?
Turn around times can be anywhere from same day to a couple of weeks depending on few circumstances. Some of those will include;
– How busy we are at that point of time
– Whether we have the color in stock or not
– What the parts are and what condition they come in
– Certain priority rush jobs can be bumped up the line
– Physical size and color of the part, some smaller parts can be put with other parts in the ovens.
It’s always best to contact us, to see exact quote time for your project.
Can you remove rims from vehicles at your facility for powder coating while leaving the vehicle there?
At the present time, we do not offer this service. We normally suggest doing powder coating jobs in between season changes when the rims are not in use, or if the car can be left on a hoist or jack stands for a couple of days.
Can you remove tires from rims for powder coating?
Our preferred method of having rims dropped off is with the rubber already removed out as we do not have a tire machine in house. But we can accommodate it. Pricing varies on the rim size, style, and tire profile.
Can you fix curb rash on wheels before powder coating?
Yes! Most of the rims we normally coat generally have some variation of rash on them. On the lighter ones we are able to removes a light layer of material to remove the rash, while others will require TIG welding prior to blending, which we also do all in house.
My rim is cracked on the inside edge, can you repair that?
We do a lot of repairs cracked rims, and often turn them around as either same day or next day service. These hairline cracks are generally on the inside edge and can be cause by multiple things, but the major cause is generally due to thin tires and pot holes. Once the wheels hits it, the rubber has so little flex it it cracks the rims. To properly repair them, we drill out the end of the crack to remove any internal stresses that can further extend that crack, followed by V- grooving the cracked area to allow for a full penetration weld, and then profile the inside edge of the rim where the bead seals perfectly smooth to ensure no more leaks occur from those areas.
How long should I wait for powder coating to cure before using the part?
Powder coating isn’t like painting and has no cure time after being cool enough to handle. With traditional paint, this cure time exists as you have to wait for solvents within it to evaporate fully and harden properly. With powder coating, the curing happens while its in the oven during its curing schedule, which allows the cross-linking agents to bind and form properly. Once that occurs, and the parts are allowed to cool back down to room temperature, the parts are 100% cured and ready for use.
How big of a part can you powder coat?
Our current largest oven is about 3’x4’x6′ internally sized. There needs to be some room and way for us to hang the parts as well so that needs to be considered also. We can generally accommodate motorcycle frames, ATV frames, certain bumpers and running boards within that length.
How many colors of powder coating do you carry in stock?
We have hundreds of colors in stock, along with the ability to custom mix colors in house to allow us to turn parts around as quick as possible back to you, but ordering non stock colors are generally only 1-4 days shipping transit time to us, so delays are kept to a minimum and we will generally notify you of any possible delays at the time we are coating the parts.
Our huge inventory of diverse colors is one of the reasons that keeps us one notch above the competition in quicker turn around times.
Why should I powder coat my parts instead of painting them?
A properly applied powder coat allows for a strong, chip, wear, and chemically resistant coating, all while being more green to the environment than paint and parts are able to be installed within minutes of them cooling down.
Due to these benefits, powder coating is used in a wide variety of industries and growing by the day. Powder coating can be seen in everyday uses from chairs, shelving, racking, tools, automotive parts, gardening equipment, household appliances … and much more! Polyester based powder coat make up the vast majority or the powder coating we spray, but we do also carry some epoxy, hybrids and acrylics for special uses.
Can you weld cast aluminum?
We certain can do so. Some people have the misconception that welding cast aluminum is very difficult, but with our year of experience, we can handle it without any major issues. Certain castings may require a bit more time than others to repair properly due to impurities and oil contamination within the casting, but nothing is impossible. We have welded everything from valve covers, oil pans, engine casings, engine blocks, machinery equipment, all with success.
Can you weld magnesium?
Yes, we can weld both cast and machined magnesium.
Can you repair aluminium diesel tanks?
From repairing leaking straps with new 1/8″ aluminum material, extending and shortening tanks, replacing stripped/corroded fittings, or any road mishaps, we can normally repair tanks within a 24 hours period.
What material do you make your exhaust/headers from?
We can cater to all sort of materials to suit your needs and budget. From aluminized steel, 304 Stainless, 321 Stainless, Inconel, Titanium, we can customize it to your needs and budget. Contact us directly for a quote on your project.
How much does it cost to change or delete the muffler on my car?
Every vehicle is different and requires us to look at the vehicle in person to know what all is needed, and from there a quote can be provided.
How long does it take to ceramic coat headers?
Ceramic coating full cure time is about 5 days after being sprayed. Handling and installation onto the vehicle can be done within 48 hours, but must not be run until then. Ceramic coating is normally sprayed in batches, unless your parts are enough to warrant running them as their own. Normal expected turn around time are generally 1-2 weeks.
How durable is your high temp ceramic coating?
Our ceramic coating is durable to about 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. This high temp formulation is a great coating for a thermal barrier application. Vastly used on exhaust headers, turbo manifolds, turbo hot sides, heat shields, brake caliper pistons … etc. This type of ceramic coating is not designed for abrasion resistance, and any gritty material can and will cause scratches into the coating.
How thick is your high temp ceramic coating?
Our ceramic coatings are generally applied at a thickness between 0.001-0.002″.
Does your ceramic coating discolor?
Our ceramic coatings are rated to about 1800*F prior to discoloration. Discoloration can occur from other sources though, such as oils or liquids on the parts and then run without being fully cleaned and de-greased.