Once in a while you buy something only to realize later that the purchase was a really good decision. I bought a John Deere Zero turn lawn mower a few years back. That thing has a 62-inch cut and makes mowing the lawn a piece of cake. Every time I walk in the garage and look at that thing I think, “that was the best money I ever spent!” It’s a great feeling to know that your hard-earned dollars went to something that actually paid for itself.
Recently I purchased an item from J&P that gives me that feeling every time I see it; an Eastwood Powder Coating Kit.
Now, I tend to be a bit of an odd duck, so this next statement might strike some a bit funny. Here goes: I hate chrome! There – I said it. I can’t stand the way it looks. For me black is best, and less is more when it comes to motorcycles. I like bikes that have just what I need to get down the road. In my opinion, chrome is more difficult to keep clean, so less time to clean it equals more time to ride it. I mean, I have two little girls and a wife at home who demand much of my time, so spending time cleaning my bike just doesn’t make sense.
So shortly after purchasing this powder coating kit, I gave it a whirl. I needed an old oven to go with this, and I acquired one from a buddy at work for the right price (FREE!!). I installed a 220 line in my garage and hooked it up. I then purchased some chrome finished parts from J&P and hit them with some sandpaper. No big deal here, just a 320 grit sand paper over the surface. The parts did not come in a powder coated finish, so this was my only option to get the black I wanted.
The way this works is simple and easy. The gun charges the particles as they come out the end of the gun and they adhere to the parts. Imagine taking metal shavings and dropping them on a magnet. That’s what it looks like when you apply the powder. What is really cool is that you can’t over apply the powder. You just need to get a good coating on the parts. Warm up the oven to 450 degrees and apply the powder. Once you coat the parts, drop the oven temperature to 420 degrees and put the coated parts in. Within a few minutes the powder turns to a glossy finish. Give it 20 minutes and pull the parts out. You’re done!
The results are great! Nice, even finish, and a durable coating to protect the parts. The first time I tried it, I was really impressed with the results. This is a simple process that is really difficult to mess-up. If you are like me and want to swap the finish of some of your parts, this is a good option. I have used it to coat new parts and old parts, and I can’t be happier with the results. This machine has paid for itself 10 times over already. One of the few cheap investments that turn into money well spent.