1. Preparation for powder coating
It's the preparation that counts. Stay friends with your friendly powder coater by COMPLETELY degreasing the parts. We use a pressure cleaner, detergent and degreaser. Make sure you get the grease out of the headstem and swing arm. This effort is not just to avoid getting grease in the powder coater's sandblaster, in the heat of the powder coating process, stray melted grease will run down your items and ruin the coat. So the effort is worthwhile. Threads and shaft openings must be sealed off. It is very, very difficult to remove powder coat from these places. We use old bolts and lengths of allthread rod and big washers.Our powder coater blasts with the fine, worn sand at the end of the week to give us a better coat finish. Most are happy to do this for you. Make sure your items are coated the same day as they are blasted - just a few hours will see rust beginning to form on bare steel - you do not want this going on underneath the powder coat.