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HOW TO | Powder Coating at home | DIY / CHEAP / EASY

HOW TO | Powder Coating at home | DIY / CHEAP / EASY
what's up guys this is Brad an hourglass fab and on today's video I'm gonna show you how to

powder

coat at

home

I'll tell you what you need I'll show you how to do it and we'll put another skill in your toolbox let's get into it there is a new photo little cracks and rusty frame stocking but it's okay buried in the we're night we go Marcus persuade vicos still standing by your side Sisco I got you alright guys so when it comes to working in your

home

shop maybe you're working on a project maybe that's made out of aluminum steel or stainless steel or something maybe it's corrosion resistant maybe it's aluminum and it won't really do anything except for develop an oxide layer but if you're working with mild steel and that steel can rust then you're gonna want to put a protective

coating

on it now back in the day I used to use a rattle can and I just up whatever I needed to make sure it wasn't gonna rust that wasn't a very good solution some people are really good with spray-paint I'm not one of them then you can also have the paint you mix up and you actually shoot it out of a gun I've done a couple of things like that it's a long process and for little parts it's really not worth it finally something that you can do in your garage just

powder

coat now the only things that I will tell you right now about

powder

coat is one it's really messy too you need to wear a respirator we're...
how to powder coating at home diy cheap easy
gonna go over everything that you're gonna need to get started in this and I'll give you guys a couple of pro tips that I've learned after

powder

coating

probably the thousand two thousand parts over the last year and a half or so so the most important thing you're gonna need is a

powder

coating

gun and a power supply that's where this comes in handy this is a

powder

coating

gun and power supply from Eastwood now I'm not looking to get super fancy I'm not looking to build a huge oven I don't want to

powder

coat your wheels on your car

powder

coat this

powder

here is bought from prismatic

powder

s com they offer quality consistent

powder

and it's the only place at all buy my stuff from you're also going to need a regulator now you can have a regulator on your gun or you can have a regulator on your compressor now besides the regulator what you're gonna need is a air water filter so you can filter out that moisture that's gonna be in your lines from just building up inside of the tank sitting there that is important moisture being in your air line is going to affect things a lot worse than you think especially when it comes to

powder

coating

if you have moisture in air line and that moisture hits that really really fine

powder

it's going to alter it it's going to make it heavier it's going to make it lay on extremely inconsistent and it's not gonna deliver a good finish in the end we're also gonna need some type...
how to powder coating at home diy cheap easy
of air you can use a very small air compressor because

powder

-

coating

does not take a lot of air to do you're gonna need somewhere to

powder

coat and I don't advise just

powder

coating

out in the middle of your garage and letting everything float into the air and fall on the floor it's a really dirty process so what I do since I'm not

powder

coating

all the time and it's here and there is I make a big Tupperware container

powder

coating

booth I cut a hole in the backside of it I throw an AC filter on the back good old duct tape stick that on and then I put a box fan in the back that's gonna pull all the air through that booth and it's gonna pull all of that fine

powder

out of the air into that filter and out of your lungs this isn't gonna replace a respirator so don't think it will all right guys so besides the

powder

coating

gun the power supply the

powder

the regulator the air water separation device the air compressor and the

powder

coating

booth you're also going to need an oven okay whether that's an

easy

-bake oven that you got at the dollar store just kidding it needs to at least be able to get up to 400 maybe 450 degrees so one thing that you can do that's a really

easy

fix is using a toaster oven from Walmart from Target just a good size pizza toaster oven that's going to get up to those temperatures the only downfall about using an oven like this is you're not gonna be able to put a lock into it alright so...
how to powder coating at home diy cheap easy
the first step to

powder

coating

is material prep before

powder

or anything's gonna stick to what you need it to stick to it needs to be clean it needs to be oil-free and it just needs to have a nice prep to it before anything else so this piece is a laser-cut mild steel plate now as a little bit of rust on it there's a little bit of water spotting there's not too much dross or anything on it so it's pretty close but we need to hit it with the DA real quick and acetone wipe it before we do anything else so something as simple as using a DA or an orbital sander to put a finish on a part before you

powder

coat it works just as well as sandblasting now for flat parts or anything

easy

to get to a DA works fine just cleaning the part making sure it's oil free grease free rust free and it has a good finish for the

powder

coat to actually stick to his key now if you have two frames or motorcycle frames obviously if you're at a production place getting that frame

powder

coated they would sandblast the entire thing before they shoot it and that's just how they operate but you can definitely get by if you just put a nice finish on your part and it's clean now after you DA it or sand it down or just put a nice Universal finish on it hit it with some acetone so after you get done doing your part making sure it's a nice Universal finish you knock off any dross or anything on your Part D burr it make sure it's nice and clean you'll get some...
acetone on a rag and you'll wipe your part down now be sure to wear some acetone resistant gloves acetone super aggressive on the skin and make sure you get everything as good as you can you don't want to leave any oil fingerprints or anything on it if you want it to come out nice alright so after you've prepped your part in its da and acetone wiped if you don't have a DA or an orbital sander I recommend just going and picking up a Dewalt orbital sander from

Home

Depot they're reasonably affordable and they give you almost the exact same finish appearance as an actual dual action sander so when you're looking at your

powder

coating

gun and you're wanting to set it up one of the most important things is how much

powder

you put in the hopper now you're gonna want a quarter to a fifth fool if you start getting up into the halfway range or anywhere above that you're gonna have some major

powder

issues and nothing's gonna work right for you make sure you have a regulator as well as an inline water separator that's going to be important you don't want any fluid or any type of liquid in your line to come in contact with any of fine

powder

in this gun now you're gonna have a switch these either come in finger switches or foot pedals it just depends on what

powder

coating

gun that you go with basically you have to hold this down the entire time and that's actually going to complete the circuit and make the entire process work if...
you're not holding this down the currents are not flowing through the part your

powder

is no longer statically charged and it's not going to stick to what you're shooting it out you're also gonna have this little alligator clamp and basically when you're hanging apart from something it's going to be hanging from metal maybe it's a metal rod or it's hanging from a hook and that's going to be connected to a rod and you're gonna want this little alligator clip connected to the rod or directly to your part if that's possible and that's what's going to actually complete the connection now when you get into this dual voltage

powder

coating

gun on the power supply is going to be dual voltage and you're gonna have an option for one or an option for two now if you flip this over to your option for one that's gonna be for your smaller parts your thin sheet metal brackets things like that and then the setting for number two is gonna be for your larger panel stuff that's going to cover a larger area and it's gonna need a little bit more power alright guys so after your part is all d8 and wipe down the pass atone and your

powder

coating

guns hopper is filled with

powder

at least a quarter to a fifth of the way full what you're gonna want to do is take your part find a good spot to hang it from whether that's a hole in the part or whether you have to wrap some wire around an inconspicuous area get your part on a...
hanger nice and secure you can move it around and it's not going to just fall off and you're gonna hang that your booth now what I'm using for a booth is a Rubbermaid tub that I cut the back out of I put an AC filter in the back and then a box fan behind that and what that does is it pulls in cycles air through that entire thing and it keeps all those small little particles out of the air and into the filter and that's what you want because this is a super dirty process now once your part is hung up in there you're gonna need to hang your part from something and the easiest way that I found is using 3/4 square tubing drilling a couple of holes in it tack welding some quarter-twenty nuts on and then just using some threaded eyelets that are quarter-twenty you screw all those in there you have five six different places to hang small parts from you're gonna want a good connection so if there's any mill scale on it from being hot rolled steel etc you're gonna want to grind all that off and make sure it's bright shiny metal so now that your parts clean your

powder

coating

guns hopper is full of

powder

your air compressor is charged up and ready to go and you have something to spray in you can use this idea if you want I think it's a very good idea it keeps everything nice and clean make sure you have something solid and strong to hang your parts from and make sure that alligator clip from your power supply is attached to that or none of this...
is going to work so before you start shooting you want to make sure you do have a regulator attached and you want your psi to run about fifteen to twenty that's all you're gonna need if you run anything more than that there's just gonna be

powder

bellowing out of the end of your

powder

coating

gun it's going to be hitting the bottom of whatever you're shooting in it's just a huge waste way too much

powder

will be put on your part and then you start introducing little particles and stuff that are imperfections after you actually bake the part so 15 to 20 psi a really light mist as you're shooting and that's all you're gonna want to do now when you're shooting your part you don't want to just sit there and just cover it in

powder

just sit there in the exact same spot you want to move back and forth rotate your shoulder move your body and really try and cover that part with your gun alright guys so one tip I can give you is you need to be really consistent when laying down your

powder

so you need to move that gun around like we talked about and really try and get even amount of

powder

across the entire face of your park one way to check that after you're done is by using a high-powered LED flashlight shining it into your park and if you have a reflection coming back at you through the

powder

coat you have a light spot you need to fix that alright guys so after you get your part out of the

powder

coating

booth and you've...
checked it with the light to ensure that you have a nice even coat of

powder

coat on your part on both sides on the edges and everything looks good now it's time to throw it in the oven now most

powder

s are going to bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes that's 400 degrees for 20 minutes after your part starts to wet out what let out means is it looks like it's melting or it looks like it's wet on the surface you're going to start your timer as soon as you see that occur and you're gonna go for about 20 minutes until it's cured so let's go ahead and throw this part in the oven a couple of pro tips guys when it comes to

powder

coating

number one you are going to want everything to be extremely clean no grease no oil acetone wipe all your parts DEA them or apply some type of scotch brite or something to get a nice Universal finish and then acetone wipe all your parts try not to touch them any grease or anything that's left on their

powder

coat will look like it's stuck to it but as soon as you cook it there will be an extremely large imperfection wherever that oil or grease stain was number two get creative when you're actually hanging your parts don't just hang it from the most obvious area that you possibly can because remember you have to hang these parts and sometimes

powder

is not going to cover exactly wherever you're hanging the part from so make it inconspicuous and hang the part from a place where you're not going to...
be able to see it number three be gentle when you're walking around with your parts any bumping of the parts any dropping of the parts obviously is going to knock

powder

off and maybe you don't even notice when you go by and your hand hits the thing and your part smacks and knocks a whole bunch of

powder

off but you're gonna notice that after your parts cured and you pull it out of the oven alright guys so after you have cooked your part for 20 minutes in the oven at 400 degrees after it had wet it out you're going to take your part out let it cool and then check it out I mean it's a fantastic finish it's extremely scratch resistant it's very professional it looks a lot better than most paint cans or amateur paint jobs would look and it's super

easy

so if you guys want to get a good finish like this at

home

on your parts that you're making follow my simple steps listen to the couple of pro tips that I mention there if you guys like this video hit that like button guys if you want to subscribe and just learn tips and tricks about stuff like this and welding the following channel I think you'll enjoy it other than that thank you guys for watching another video