DIY Powder Coat Cam Cover?

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  1. SlingLow

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    I'm thinking that while I have my side cover off to swap my exhaust, I could pull my cam cover and take it to a local shop for powder coating. I was quoted $130 for wrinkle black. Any advice, do's or don't's? Cheers to all!
     
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    I just painted mine, came out great. Used Hi-Temp paint.

    Take time to sand it down real nice.
     

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    Powder coat veteran here.

    1) Make sure your coater is very clear on what and what not to coat. The valve cover is an easy one and any good coater should know, but NO powder on the underside and flange.

    2) Make sure that price includes bead blasting. You always want to bead blast before powder.

    3) Clean it to the nth degree before you take it in. The cleaner the part, the better the part you get back.

    Powder rocks. Done right it will outlast you and the vehicle and well worth the cost IMO. Rattle can's are Bill and Justina's domain. Bwahahaha
     
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    Aferwards finish it off with BJ's

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    Thanks for the advice guys. All good info right down to the pledge although I have a can of 303 aerospace on the way. Somebody here said they'd use it on everything including their underwear. I'll let ya know how that works out! Yo Blitz as always your willingness to give out detailed info is greatly appreciated. I assume the bead blasting would replace the sanding Mike mentioned for paint. Are there any other parts I should consider powder coating for that extra sex appeal?
     
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    Correct on the bead blasting. It will give the powder a much better tooth than sanding ever would and also ensures a perfect finish.

    The best I can offer is this: A picture is worth thousand words. :)

    Let your mind wander (Although I am going to order my aluminum coolant tank au natural from Dave as I think I have just the right amount of red w/o crossing that fine line of too much).

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    That's a beautiful thing! Nice touch with the A-arms!
     
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    Make certain than that no residue is left on the underside of the cover either from blasting or from coating. The entire bottom side of the cover should be seal off from both procedures, there is baffles that will hide residue from sight and if some crude is left in there you will need a new engine. A good powder coater knows better than to ruin your engine, check with him on some of his work.
     
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    ^^^ Good advice right there. Always, always thoroughly wash the parts when you get them back. Silica (bead blast medium) and motors do not play well and that shit can hide anywhere.
     
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    Thanks on the beauty (actually Alpha gets the credit there as pretty much everything you see is from their talented hands to mine).

    The 2016.5 SL LE in White comes with all the frame tubes,shock springs and control arms etc... powder coated in red so can't take credit there either. :)

    But all the wrenching, turbo install, mods - that's all me. And my dog. He helped out too.
     
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    FYI, $130 for wrinkle black is high in my area.
     
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