Paint or powder coat

Discussion in 'Other Service and Maintenance' started by marshall1225, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. marshall1225

    marshall1225 Member

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    I am doing a complete tear down and will either be having the frame painted or powder coated. Which is better and why. Also the engine is currently black would like to have chrome accents on edge of fins and either have engine painted or powder coated, which should I do. I am new to this and it is all a learning experience.
     
  2. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

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    Powder coating the frame and motor are your better bet...better durability.
     
  3. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    This is one of the best company's you can deal with on the motor powder coating:Sumax Powdercoating
     
  4. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    Powder coating is more durable. You can't chrome just the fin edges, but polishing them looks good, and some companies can "diamond cut" the fins which looks very nice.
     
  5. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    I agree with the powder coating. It's more durable and doesn't chip as easy as paint will.
     
  6. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

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    +1 On powder coating.
     
  7. brianf

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    I agree with the durability. Saw a beautiful trike last year with black fins that had the edges cut with vertical scallops. It really stood out and looked fantastic against the black fins.
     
  8. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    The last few times I have done a frame I chose to have them painted working on the basis that if paint gets a wee bit of damage it can be fixed with a wee bit of work but with powder the frame would have to be stripped and re coated

    Brian
     
  9. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Brian

    I have had good luck with repairing powder coated on stock frames using a black enamel paint (slower to dry), or a spray enamel as long as you mask properly or a brush but the spray is better looking after it is done. You can blend it better and usually polish out any differences too. It isn't noticeable after it's done with a bit of practice.
     
  10. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    I have never tried that the old softail is getting a wee bit scubby in places so I might just give it a try and see how it works out

    Brian