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



Nick,

Since powdercoating needs to be baked, you either have to coat all or none
of it.  Also, pre-pairing a metal to be powdercoated needs to be totally
grease free, and often is dipped into a media that promotes the powder to
bind during curing.  I don't know of the galvanizing would effect the powder
binding.  My friends Porshe shop has powder coated tubs,  it is usually a
day process.  You bring the frame up, they media blast it, coat it and you
drive home with it.  Really cool stuff, probably the best way to coat and
entire frame.  It holds up extremely well.  There are certain powders that
have uv protection, and takes the abuse, I believe the epoxy variants.

-Shain

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Nick Kemp
Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 8:29 PM
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: [DML] Powdercoated DMC frames experience anyone?

The main fear on galvanizing is that it will stress relieve the frame and
cause it to twist.  I don't recall that ever happening to any D frame but it
could happen on the next one.  The other issue, albeit minor, is that the
holes and threaded points will fill in. There are ways to minimize this.
Any remaining original finish will burn off and end up in their tank.  They
won't like that.

My opinion ... blast the bad points and where the finish looks as good as
new (mostly in the middle of the frame), leave alone.  Powdercoat the
exposed areas using a zinc rich primer coat.  Your choice on galvanizing or
powdercoating the trailing arms.

Nick
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nkemp@xxxxxxxx writes:

The  training arms were galvanized due to the harsher environment.

The  finish is great and durable.  I don't drive it a lot so I can't  reply
relative to its long lasting  performance.

Nick



>>>
I plan on removing my entire suspension later this winter and getting it
refurbished. Should I get everything powdercoated or galvanized?  Drawbacks
to
either one?

Andy

Fargo, ND
1982 DeLorean DMC12 VIN 11596


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