Aloha fellow MX6ers,
As promised we had gotten the powder coating done today thanks to Ty & Bobby over @ Hi-Tech Coatings. The viewers will really enjoy this segment.
So here are the rims and valve covers before the powder coat process began.
First step was to sand blast the rims and covers. The sand blasting does two things. First it cleans off the original coating, what ever it was and secondly it gives a nice surface for the powder coating to adhere to. Trust me, there's a guy in there doing his job.
Here are the difference between the two.
Then Ty masks off the hub. This doesn't allow the powder coat to cause a interference with the mating surfaces.
Here is the first coat being applied. You can see the coating getting on the rim and you can also see the areas where the powder coat has not yet gotten onto the rim.
All the rims with its first coat.
And the rims after its first heat cure.
And here is the second coat. Look at the already cured areas and the second powder coating being applied over them.
And the full set of rims after the second coat and second heat curing. The finish is much more even and thicker. This is when it is still very hot so it looks glossy. As it cures the finish will become more satin which is the look we want.
Next comes the valve covers. Here they are after the sand blast process.
Here is the first coating.
First heat curing.
And why is the third/ 3rd coating white?
Actually that is the clear coat with gold flake. You can see the gold flakes in this pic, but it really doesn't do it justice. The gold flakes are as numerous as the stars in the universe
And the final step is Ty removing the coating from the emblem.
Mucho Mahalo to Ty and Bobby over @ Hi-Tech Coatings in Kapolei. Modern powder coating has come a long way from just primary colors. With fluorescent, candies and pearls to gold flake and satin. Chrome needs to much maintenance and painting can never withstand the constant wear and tear powder coating can. A little soap and water and a wipe and you're done.
Whew, what a day. Will post up some more pics tmrw after I polish the emblem and mount the rims for a looksy.
So till next time, Book UM Dano and ALooooooooHA