[tcb] Re: Pretty tin

  • From: sammie smith <bugcollections@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tcb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2010 09:58:01 -0800 (PST)

Julie:  I do not have a lot of experience with powder coating; BUT, it is a lot 
like chroming metal in that the metal prep is a key to a nice finished product 
as well as having someone do the work that knows what they are doing.  I would 
not spend money powder coating with someone who has no experience powder 
coating.  Powder coating is not terribly expensive and it is the way to go for 
great looking tin that holds up.  That said; if you want to go with powder 
coating I would find a good powder coating shop, there should be some in the 
Austin area that others would recommend.  The only one that I know of that I 
could recommend is in Bossier City LA and their work is tops.  Surely there are 
some good powder coaters in Austin.  A top powder coating shop should be able 
to do all the tin for a VW engine for somewhere in the neighborhood of no more 
than $150-$200 and it will look great and continue to do so for as long as you 
own the bus.  I had 6
 valve covers powder coated not so long ago by the people in Bosier and I think 
the total bill was like $30.  I think that Peter Albarian had the tin powder 
coated in his 23 in San Antonio if you want to contact him.

--- On Mon, 3/1/10, Julie <julie.hey.ho.lets.go@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

From: Julie <julie.hey.ho.lets.go@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [tcb] Re: Pretty tin
To: "tcb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <tcb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Monday, March 1, 2010, 10:58 AM

Well that's where my mechanic is being a pain.  I know I should just do 
whatever the heck I want to do.  I wanted to get old tin and powder coat it or 
buy new already powder coated tin a long time ago but the mechanic says he had 
a good set of tin and he bought the stuff to powder coat it himself and I am 
thinking, I better get this for like free if he is learning on something for my 
Bus.  But he has not bothered to try it out yet, and now he says he has a 
friend who will do it for him like out of his garage.  He says that old tin 
works better than new tin.  I do not know if this is true.  At this point I do 
not really care what the tin looks like, I can always switch it out later.  But 
it is probably silly to waste money and time getting a mediocre powder coating 
job. Sorry if I am rambling but I am fustrated!   

On Mar 1, 2010, at 10:09 AM, sammie smith <bugcollections@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I would take it to a "good" powder coater and let him prep it the way he wants 
it.  I don't think a good powdercoater will sandblast it. 

--- On Mon, 3/1/10, Andrew S. Barnes <deabarnes@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

From: Andrew S. Barnes <deabarnes@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [tcb] Re: Pretty tin
To: tcb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Monday, March 1, 2010, 9:00 AM

glass beaded is the way the powder coater will want it , sand blasting my 
worp the tin hope this helps
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Julie" <julie.hey.ho.lets.go@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <tcb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, March 01, 2010 8:42 AM
Subject: [tcb] Pretty tin

> So if I want to have long lasting, pretty tin for an engine, is it
> enough to just give some old tin a real good cleaning before powder
> coating or is it much better to have the tin sand blasted or glass
> beaded before powder coating?
> Thanks,
> Julie


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