[DML] Re: Powdercoated DMC frames experience anyone?
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[DML] Re: Powdercoated DMC frames experience anyone?

Powder-coating is an excellant way to paint and protect a frame. The
problem in doing it on a Delorean is the removal of the epoxy.
Removing the epoxy is a big deal as it does not come off easily.
Another problem (not unique to Deloreans) is there are some box
sections that would have to be cut open to gain access to the
interior. Of course any rusted out sections would have to be repaired
before powdercoating. Powdercoating is very durable and not
susceptable to chips but it must be applied to a VERY clean and
properly prepared surface, usually a blasted surface. A lot depends on
the shop that does the work. They have to have an oven large enough to
put the frame in. Typically there is no clearcoat for powder, it
doesn't need it and it won't stick anyway. Usually a failure of a
powdercoated part occurs because the surface was not treated properly
and it rusted UNDER the powder. The biggest drawback to doing a frame
is that you have to completely disassemble the car. Don't forget to do
the rear trailing arms. You wil also find, in doing a frame, a million
other little things to do and/or replace. It can get expensive, and
not just the powdercoating. An alternative to powder is to remove the
loose epoxy, sand, and repaint. If the car is not driven in bad
weather it will last a long time.
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "John Dore" <dmcjohn@xxxx> wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I'm looking for anyone who has experience with a powdercoated frame 
> in a DeLorean (or even a partly powdercoated frame, such as a frame 
> with a new powdercoated front frame extension welded on).
> I've never heard any real life example of how durable powdercoating 
> is on our frames.. Well, I've been told its great, but have no idea 
> how long it is expected to last.
> When the vendors sell refurbished cars, they have freshly 
> powdercoated frames, but what I'm wondering is how soon afterwards do 
> the frames start to show signs of rust again? Does the powdercoated 

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