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Powder Coating - Top 10 Powder Coating Tips for newbies

Powder Coating - Top 10 Powder Coating Tips for newbies
how's everyone doing hey it is Dan with rim right hey we are gonna do a quick little video it may not be quick I can ramble on a little bit but hey this is a top 10

tips

I have for new

powder

coders and the reason I'm getting into this is because I've seen so many videos out there with guys who are kind of on build channels or building something so they buy a hobby gun and they

powder

coat some of them they're giving you all these

tips

I've watched so many of them I'm like nope don't do that nope don't do that so I just want to do a quick video with 10

tips

I have for people just starting or just getting the

powder

coating

and this could be whether you're using an eastwood gun Harbor Freight gun or a spectracoat Columbia

coating

gun or anything like that those entry level guns so number one is talking about amperage if you have a gun that you can control that amperage like an eastwood gun there's a 1 set in a 2 setting the two setting is your high setting go ahead and

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coat with that as much as you can if you're doing a second coat knock it down so basically you're taking those high charging particle systems and you're going to knock it down so that there's less Faraday there's less back ionization all that kind of thing so we just upgraded our personal gun which is a game up Dima gum kheema and it does this automatically for us so it's controlling the amperage automatically now a lot of people say knock...
powder coating   top 10 powder coating tips for newbies
your kV down which is not right we've we've done a lot of testing with this after we'd talked to a representative from gheymeh and what they do is they keep their cavies as high as possible because that's what's giving your particle the transfer efficiency to get onto the part and not fall on the floor the micro amps is what kind of amps it up and gets it all crazy and staticky I guess and when it goes into those parts it wants to bounce around and come back out so they recommend turning those down and not the kV but for a lot of people they've heard kv k v kv and that's what they're preaching still today give it a try if you can control the micro amps leave your kv alone knock your micro amps down and give that a try leave a comment lo let us know what you think if it worked you owe us a thumbs up the next one is prep prep is everything so most people who have ever painted anything or

powder

-coated and refinished anything stained anything prep is everything so as long as you're getting the part completely cleaned you're not gonna have any issues and what we recommend if you're able to is the sandblast then out gas and then blow it off with air well it's hot let it cool down and coat it what this does is it bakes all the contaminants oils grease whatever off the surface out of the pores and aluminum and then allows you to coat a clean wheel there are some people that will blast out gas and blast again my worry with that is that...
powder coating   top 10 powder coating tips for newbies
when you're blasting that dirty part the dirt grime grease whatever is getting on your media and then being blasted right back onto it if you have a one use blaster like you're outside sandblasting that's probably fine but for a reclaim system you don't want to do this so I don't think you need to get rags and wipe them down with acetone especially if you're starting with a new part just sandblast it put it in the oven let it bake off bring it out let it cool down and then coat it we do this with everything aluminum steel everything number three is the bake time so so many people say put your part in let it get to fourth or put your oven at 450 put your part in once it flows out knock it down to 400 wait 20 minutes pull it this is not accurate information people what the text sheet will tell you is how long that part needs to cook at a certain temperature this isn't the

powder

this is a part so it's not once the

powder

flows it's when your part gets to the specified temperature say 400 degrees then you can cook it for 10 minutes so the best way to judge this is to get yourself a good good temperature gun we use a Dewalt gun it's very good you can control the EMS which is the reflect ability of the part you can set it for still loom and I'm copper all sorts of things so usually I have that in the links below so check that out but always go by the manufacturer specs some

powder

s you only do it 385 some 400 some 410 I mean they're...
powder coating   top 10 powder coating tips for newbies
all different so you've got to ask for those text sheets number four would be to control your air and as a lot of you know if you've seen my videos people comment on my air and yes that's a problem I have on my own but I know I need to do it so you're Eastwood gun or Harbor Freight gun you control it you should have a regulator on it from your line regulator gun when you pull the trigger you can do this without

powder

you need to adjust that down you shouldn't be running much 4 psi at all the less you can get by with ashlee the better so I think usually 3 to 5 pounds our psi will get you through but you need to play with it so at the last step put your

powder

on pull that trigger adjust your pressure you don't want it to be blowing out a ton of air knocking the

powder

off the part that got on it and blowing another

powder

right past it so be careful with that watch my videos you'll see what I'm saying I usually shoot a ton we just got a new gun which is going to take care of that I used to have to go and turn a bunch of dials and get it all dialed in for every

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hopefully with this new gun it's a little more automated but that's just something you're gonna have to do the next tip number five would be your ground so a lot of the professionals we're taking 8-foot copper rods we're drilling a hole through our ground and we're jamming that thing down hitting it with a hammer knocking it down we attach as thick as you...
can get electrical wire to it and then we attach that either to our cart which is holding our part or we attach it to the part itself now if you have a clamp on your part and

powder

coating

it pull that off at the end dust it you'll cover up the clamp area no issue but that is very important you can get by with some really bad guns if you have a good ground even if you can do it outside your building as close as possible to where you're sprayed and then pull that line and ours is in our booth like literally in our booth you want it as close to the part as possible number six complex items so when you're shooting something that's really hard has tight corners or recessed areas always shoot those tough areas first if you have to and I know you're gonna have to with these lower level guns heat it up a little bit no more than 200 do not put it in get it to 400 pull it out and spray it because you're gonna build up way too much

powder

it's gonna run you're gonna way too many Mills you're not gonna be happy so always 200 or less 185 if you can get by with it spread those hard areas first work your way out to the easy areas which brings us to hot flocking number seven should you do it now if you ask a professional who has a nice gun you'll never need to hot flock now you're shooting with an Eastwood gun you're probably gonna have to get that part a little warm it's just unfortunately it's part of it but ground will help prevent...
it a lot knowing how to shoot will help it a lot air flow will help it a lot but yes there are some times you will need to get the part a little bit hot but again I never recommend 400 degrees try and stay 200 or less 185 is better number eight do you need primer so with us in our shop we don't do a lot of primer we do it if the casting is bad on aluminum we do it if the customer requests it we do it if the parts gonna see a lot of outdoor abuse which primer gives you more corrosion resistance and we always do it on still if it's not aluminum we're most likely unless you request it as a customer we're going to put primer on it because it gives you that extra corrosion resistance so we're not gonna get into epoxy zinc red oxide any of that kind of stuff we're just gonna tell you those basics at this point we may do a whole nother video on that equipment needs so to get started Eastwood actually has a package where you can get a gun of an air and it's not too bad those are your basic needs obviously the

powder

with

powder

so you need your air supply an air compressor you need your oven you need your

powder

coating

gun and you need your

powder

obviously you're gonna have a part if that part is brand-new prepped ready to go great just spray it put it in your oven you're good to go if you need to strip it you're gonna need like an aircraft stripper an aerosol and then scrape it off clean it up and then spray it or you may need a sand blaster...
and that's what I recommend it's the easiest cleanest way to do it if you can afford a sand blaster or afford to take it to someone like me I do it for people all the time will sandblast parts and they're gonna take them home and

powder

coat them we don't care you know we're just helping you so find someone who's sandblast it takes so much work out of it make sure that they're touching it with their hands afterwards I guess we did have big things Sam blessed they come back with fingerprints on them your

powder

will not stick to that I promise it's going to lift wherever that fingerprint is so just make sure the part is clean out gas and all that number ten where to buy

powder

so when you're new the best number one place to go is prismatic

powder

s dot-com I buy tons of

powder

from their still they have custom colors they have illusions they have candies clear coats with metallics I mean they have an array and it's quality

powder

they're by far for a small person the best place to go Columbia

coating

s which is actually where we bought our booth from because we're we're professional but we're entry-level professional if you know what I mean so they have reasonable prices for someone my size they're still really expensive for the home-home guy but columbia

powder

they have reasonable prices you can buy in small quantities check them out or

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by the pound we buy a lot of stuff from them and I think it's

powder

by...
the pound comm or google it I'm not sure but that's where those three places are where I would go so hopefully these ten

tips

helped you guys out just a little bit I know I could have used them there's so much information out there I'm

powder

coating

and how to do it and this is to my knowledge the best information I have at this time we've done a ton of classes I have a ton of

powder

coating

manuals and stuff like that and you know we are trying to be the one of the most professional places in the state of Iowa we don't do jump work you're not gonna bring your part here and it's gonna come out like junk we won't let it go if it's junk so we are always trying to learn more so we're happy when people comment and help us out like with our

powder

issue as far as how much we're spraying out we don't take a fence so that really we don't we we know what's happening but at the same time we need that kick in the butt to make sure we're doing it right so I hope you guys got some out this if you did give me that thumbs up show me that you're here if you have a comment or a question leave it below we're happy to help we're happy to answer we try and reply to everyone unless you're being inappropriate and as always make sure to subscribe we're at this time I think 169 and I've had so many people private message me and be like why don't you have thousands of subscribers I don't know I assume...
YouTube is fighting us I don't know but we hope to blow it up and we hope we can keep helping you guys so we will see you on the next one thanks for watching