What is powdercoating?
Powdercoating is a process where a fine powder is electrostaticaly applied to metal parts. The powder is applied through a positively charged applicator gun (the gun charges the particles at 10.000 volts or greater) and attracted to the part by a ground wire. When the charged particles exit the gun, they are attracted to the part. Once the part has been thoroughly coated with powder, it is placed in a curing oven set at 400 degrees. The powder melts and flows out, forming a smooth surface, and creates what is pretty much a ‘plastic shell’ around the part. Once it cools, it is ready to be placed into service, unlike paint and epoxies, which have a long cure time. Also, because of the sterile environment of the oven, there is less chance of debris or dust imbedding into the coating (unlike paint). Back to Top
Why should I have my parts powdercoated instead of painted?
Powdercoat is much more durable than paint, although it is not indestructible! Any finish, even plating, such as chrome is capable of being gouged or scratched if a sharp enough object scrapes it. To understand the properties of any finish, there are 3 terms to be familiar with: hardness, pliability and thickness. Paint is hard, not very pliable and very thin. Paint can easily be chipped (very hard), will not bend (if applied on a spring, will eventually crack), and is very thin, and will scratch easily. Powdercoating, on the other hand, has up to 75% of the hardness of chrome, is very pliable, which makes it great for items that will flex or bend, and is thick compared to paint (about the same thickness as chrome plating). Because it is pliable, most items will bounce off rather than chip the finish. Back to Top
Why should I use Customs by Mike for my powdercoating?
I offer an unconditional satisfaction guarantee and should anything unfortunate happen in the future, I will do everything I can to make you happy. I am an automotive enthusiast, just like you, and am also a perfectionist. I won’t let anything leave my shop that I wouldn’t put on my own car! Back to Top
I see you specialize in brake calipers, how much heat can powdercoating withstand?
Good question. Most powders are manufacturer rated at 250-300 degree operating temperatures. In my experience, unless you are a hardcore road racer that spends a lot of time at the race track and really use your brakes, the Powdercoat will hold up just fine. I do high performance driving schools with my car and the Powdercoat holds up better than paint, but I generally don’t run as hard as possible, since I don’t want to lose my car! Back to Top
Is there any way to reduce the cost of powdercoating?
Yes, The most labor intensive part of powdercoating is the preparation. While we would have to discuss the specifics to finalize the discount, if you have the ability to strip your parts of all the rubber and plastic items (one exception is brake calipers, the rubbers can stay on), and really clean the parts before sending, we can work something out. Back to Top
Can you Powdercoat plastic or wood items?
No, sorry. Since the items have to cure at 400 degrees, the original piece would not survive the high temperatures. Back to Top
What is your turnaround time?
Normally, I get parts turned around and shipped 2-3 days after receiving them, but I am only able to guarantee a week turnaround, because I do everything on a first in – first out basis. Larger jobs, like a set of rims, will probably be 2-3 weeks max. Back to Top
How do I care for my powdercoated items?
Caring for powdercoated items is much like caring for painted items. Wash them carefully with soap and water, rinse and dry. While you can wax them also, it is not necessary, as the gloss is ‘baked’ into the finish. Should you get fine scratches in your part, you can touch them up like you would a painted finish. Lightly sand the scratches out with 600-1000 grit wet sandpaper, and then buff with rouge until the sandpaper scratches disappear, and the part regains its shine. Do not use too much pressure though, as you can create a hotspot and smear the coating. Back to Top
How large a part can you Powdercoat?
At the present time, our oven capacity is roughly 36″x36″x42″. Any part that you could hang in a box of that size and not touch the edges would be ok. Back to Top