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Old 08-06-2014, 11:42 PM   #1
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Default Powder coating VS Painting a frame

here;s the debate i bet i wont get a definitive answer. But are alot fo ppl powder coating frames or still best bet is to paint it. i have been suggested to mask thigs off and spray paint it i dont really wanna go that route at all.
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:13 AM   #2
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for some, myself included, powder coating doesn't look right depending on the bike.

now... my (sorta modern) dirtbike is powder coated, i've got other stuff that's done...
but on a (and i hate this term) "period correct" or "classic" build, i don't like it. my '67 sporty has enamel (came with the bike, in a HD branded can, brushed on). other bikes have enamel or even lacquer. only consider powder on the new(ish) stuff.
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:45 AM   #3
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I didn't want to pull my motor out of my 69 Triumph, so I masked it and lightly sanded it down, I spot primed the rough spots and gave them a quick scuff. I then brushed in the whole frame (2 coats) with Tremclad Gloss Black. The brush marks levelled out after 20 min and let me tell you, turned out awesome. Every where I go guy's ask me who did the powder coating... Been on there for 5 yrs and a ton of miles and still looks and shines. Best part is, if you need to touch it up, it blends perfect.
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Old 08-07-2014, 03:10 AM   #4
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not to hi jack the thread but; i can't afford to nickle plate a frame so am considering powder coating to closest finish.

please someone talk me out of this.
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Old 08-07-2014, 03:45 AM   #5
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Scratch paint, you can re-paint/touch-up the spot. Scratch powder you are screwed.
I am always messing with my bikes and relocating things, or fabricating something for them, so paint works for me.
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Paint, paint, paint. Yeah, it is old and outdated. Yeah, it don't last as long. Yeah, it needs to be done more often. But, in the end, powdercoating is what a lot of people go with. Me, I still like to do my own paint. But, then, I try to do all my work, inhouse, and I still enjoy doing everything I can, to sweeten up old iron. I never tell anyone what they should do, but I do have a opinion. Paint.
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Scratch paint, you can re-paint/touch-up the spot. Scratch powder you are screwed.
I am always messing with my bikes and relocating things, or fabricating something for them, so paint works for me.
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I have thought about this over and over. I have powdercoated plenty of stuff over the years, but have been debating painting the frame on my '69. I remember Tattoo mentioning spraying his frame with POR-15 or something. What techniques do you guys use just for a basic, black frame paint?
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POR-15 is great, very tough but it's not UV resistant. It gets chalky & fades in the sun...at least that used to be the case with it. I bet Eastwood's Chassis Black would be the ticket though.
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Powder coat is very difficult to remove.
For that reason alone Im not a fan.
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I use Zero Rust to touch up frames, both painted and powder coated. No issues.

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I vote for paint . Paint actually looks glossier than powder. Also consider what Chevelle said . Once I put powder stuff in my blast cabinet and the shot would not touch the powder coat. I ended up scraping the powdercoat off with wood chisels. I would not want to remove powder from a whole frame.
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I ended up scraping the powdercoat off with wood chisels..
Very hard to get off...which is why people use it in the first place.
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i paint most of my frames with plain old rustoleum gloss black exterior enamel with a brush. done some with the bike assembled and some with a bare frame. it skins out smooth and durable, keeps it's shine even with power washing and easy touch up.
my super superglide is powdercoated (to go with it's multitude of new late model parts) and one of my hummers has a lot of powder because the parts were old and rusty and with powder it's mostly sand blast and shoot. a lot easier than prepping and painting (cheaper too in my case).
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Powder coat comes in 0 - 10 in sheen . It is tuff and if that is what you are after go for it . But if you plan on making changes later to your frame go with the wally world rattle can
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Powder has come a long way as far as gloss goes. You can wet sand the clear just like paint clear to make that stuff shine. The Factory Metalworks did a black bike in powder (frame and tins) and it looked amazing in person. I still like paint though.
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not to hi jack the thread but; i can't afford to nickle plate a frame so am considering powder coating to closest finish.

please someone talk me out of this.
I've tried a powder coat silverish color , and it looks ok but there is no substitute for real nickel plating,

the "golding" or antiquing in all the crevices of actual nickel plated frame would be difficult to duplicate, although it could be Faux antiqued with an airbrush and some gold paint.

Nickel is the only thing that actually looks like nickel. and it ain't really that expensive.
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:26 PM   #18
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intersting points! i have a feeling though that paint is still prefered choice of frame finishing
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:27 PM   #19
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I like both powder coating and paint. it all depends on what type of bike you're doing.

I use powder coated frames on average bikes, it's cheap, fast and easy.

and I use paint on the high end bikes
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If you're trying to remove powder from an entire part or frame, just take it back to the powder shop. They have the oven required to cook the finish off (just hotter than baking it on). A lot less work than trying to sand/scuff/ chisel (!!!) it off.
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