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Never Pay For Professional Powdercoating Again

Garage Powdercoating

Sean Klingelhoefer
Jun 15, 2009
Photographer: Gary Narusawa

Parts List
MSRP
Street Price
Summit Racing Powdercoat System$139.95 $139.95
Powder Coat Media $EXTRA $EXTRA
TOTAL $139.95 $139.95

TOOLS NEEDED: Powdercoating gun, powder, make-shift spray booth, wire/hanger (for grounding parts) and oven (to bake powder).

To step the Wunderdog up to real show-car level we decided some powdercoating was in order. Forget about beating Johnny, his car is super-wack (I think Sean forgets which magazine he actually works for. - JW) we’re going after the real show look. In order to do this we can’t have busted up 7/10 condition pieces – we need 10/10 knock-your-socks-off stuff. This is where powdercoating comes in. We’ve never powdercoated before, and to everyone’s surprise the process was super easy. In fact,we found that getting professional results with powder is easier than with paint. You gotta try this!

Ssts 0912 01+never pay for powdercoating again+cover Photo 1/25   |   01 Here’s our new powdercoating gun we ordered from Summit Racing along with some powder samples. We made a mistake when ordering and got a bunch of Silver Grey. While that color would look great on a battleship, it didn’t cut it for our CRX. What we loved was their Bengal Clear and Satin Black.
Ssts 0912 03+never pay for powdercoating again+electric oven Photo 2/25   |   02 We’re not sure where Robbie came up with this busted-ass oven, but it does the trick. It just needed a Project Car sticker to make it official and we’re ready to rock! One of Robbie’s side jobs is managing apartments. We’re thinking one of the tenants will be in for a surprise tonight. Seriously though, don’t use your mother’s oven for this job. Once used for powdercoating, the oven cannot be used to prepare food.
Ssts 0912 16+never pay for powdercoating again+old powdercoat Photo 15/25   |   15 Here’s a closeup of exactly why the wheels need refinishing. It appears that the previous owner had these wheels powdercoated years ago. This just won’t cut it in a show.
Ssts 0912 26+never pay for powdercoating again+finished valve cover Photo 25/25   |   25 Of course the valve cover came out amazing just like the rest of our parts. Here’s Will installing the cover that is going to kick Jonny’s ass!

Sources

Summit Racing
Akron, OH
800-230-3030
SummitRacing.com
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