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While doing some Christmas shopping I noticed Sears is selling a Craftsman Powder Coating device for $99. I don't think I'd do a tank or frame with this thing but do you think it'd do a decent job for smaller parts?

Anyone have or use one?

Might be worth a $99 gamble.

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That's it but I thought I saw it in the store for $99. Anyhoo...I think it'd be fine for fasteners or smaller parts. On my NightTrain there are some zinc and chrome parts I'd like to black-out and this might be the ticket.

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Sounds like a great idea for small parts... as long as it works... and it gives a comparable end result.

Did a little looking around. You might want to check out this site:

http://www.pcfpowder.com/allaboutpc.html

An excerpt warning about toy powder coat guns:

I've tried powder coating in the past and had a bad experience with a spray gun. Are powder spray guns really the best choice for powder coating?
Settle for nothing less than true industrial type powder coating equipment. Unfortunately, many individuals trying to get into the powder coating business get the wrong impression of powder coating after using a "toy" type powder spray gun. One powder spray gun on the market today requires two hands to operate and charges the powder with only 16 kv. What's more, the instructions suggest using the manufacturer's $23 per pound powders and a kitchen oven for curing the parts! Incredibly, that manufacturer advises the user to sweep up the overspray powder.

To ensure proper coating, while also saving time and powder, the spray gun must charge the powder with a high voltage--80 kv or more. Proper control of the coat's thickness can only be accomplished by using equipment with a high voltage adjustment control and dual powder controls. The "toy" spray gun discussed above has none of these options! A spool of what the manufacturer calls "safety wire" is supplied to hang and electrically ground the part being coated. With our high voltage electrostatic spray equipment, you only need a simple paper clip to hang the part you're coating.
 

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I don't think I am going to by a $4k powder coating system to color a bolt, LOL!

Great info on that site for folks looking to open a commercial powder coating operation, though.
 

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First Test

Well, I bought the Craftsman unit and have successfully powder coated my mirror mounts. I am putting black V-rod turn signals on my Night Train and wanted to do the mounts.

 

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Well, I bought the Craftsman unit and have successfully powder coated my mirror mounts. I am putting black V-rod turn signals on my Night Train and wanted to do the mounts.
Hey slo, those look pretty good. Can you get different sheens in the powder?
 

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My son and I have successfully done some nice smaller parts using an Eastwood kit and a dedicated toaster oven. The gun and kit was around $100. They also have a professional model for around $500.

Presently I'm in the process of building a larger oven for doing bike frames and such. I'll probably get a better powder coat gun at the point that I get the oven working.

I'm sure that the Craftsman kit would work also. They make good tools but you could always take it back if it doesn't work.
 

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This is satin black. They have gloss and wrinkle black, as well as numerous other colors.

I used a toaster oven turned upside-down and hung the pieces by little hooks included in the kit from the rack while they baked. The kit also came with a number of different diameter silicone dowels to protect the threads of items being coated.

It is a neat little setup and perfect for this kind of thing. These little pieces came out nice and smooth and I'm sure larger components would turn out the same. I guess the limitation at this point for me is the toaster oven's size.

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This is satin black. They have gloss and wrinkle black, as well as numerous other colors.

I used a toaster oven turned upside-down and hung the pieces by little hooks included in the kit from the rack while they baked. The kit also came with a number of different diameter silicone dowels to protect the threads of items being coated.

It is a neat little setup and perfect for this kind of thing. These little pieces came out nice and smooth and I'm sure larger components would turn out the same. I guess the limitation at this point for me is the toaster oven's size.

Bret

For some excellent ideas on building your own large powder coat oven, take a look at this website.

http://powdercoatoven.4t.com/
 

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I have been using one from harbor frieght. it looks just like the one from Sears but only was 50.00. it does an okay job for small parts. no it wont give you the same finish as a pro shop, but for most parts it will give good results.

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