Re: [DML] Coating a frame... what to choose?
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Re: [DML] Coating a frame... what to choose?

Tom, I hope some experts will respond to your inquiry, I am not one. However you asked for input and here is mine. I be inclined to go with the hot dip since it is thicker, I would not be concerned about the added weight. That said, you will have to plug the many screw holes in the frame or retread them when the coating is finished, probably not an easy task either way. I would also apply some sort of paint to the finished frame to further protect the new coating and to make it match the original frame color as close as possible.

Good luck, keep us posted on your progress if you have time.


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On Jan 15, 2015, at 3:54 PM, "'Tom' dmctom@xxxxxxxxx [dmcnews]" <dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


Hello everyone!
Here I come with another very technical question. What is the preferred method of coating a frame? Here are the choices I have and I don’t know what to do.
I would like to have the frame zinc coated but then I was asked how I want it done. It can be dipped in a molten zinc giving a thick and strong layer. Another way is electro plating the zinc onto the frame.
Hot dip – thick layer, good protection, gets into all little nooks and crannies.
Electro plating – Thin layer doesn’t affect bolt threads, adds very little weight
Hot dip – thick layer, increases the weight of frame, a lot will remain in all enclosed spaces
Electro plating – doesn’t last as long, doesn’t coat inside enclosed spaces
Zinc coating is fairly inexpensive and I’d like to do it. I can also have the frame powder coated to increase the protection even further. What do you guys think? Should I go with the dip process or electro plating? I was thinking about electro plating + powder coating.
I’d appreciate any input. Thanks.

Greetings from Poland!
Tom Niemczewski
Vin 6149 plus 2418, 3633, 5030, 16473, 17086
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