The Right Approach

Article From: Products Finishing, , from Powder Coating Consultants, Div. of Ninan, Inc.

Posted on: 7/1/2000

Question: I have been powder coating motorcycle parts for a couple of years now using a “home kit” powder coating gun and an electric kitchen oven.

Question:

I have been powder coating motorcycle parts for a couple of years now using a “home kit” powder coating gun and an electric kitchen oven. I would like to powder coat the motorcycle frame using a larger oven, but can’t afford to purchase an industrial grade unit. Can you help me design a larger oven for home use? R.H.

Answer:

My liability insurance only covers me for $2,000,000.00. In this case, this coverage isn’t enough. You shouldn’t be using the “homemade” powder gun to spray powder in your garage without an approved powder coating spray booth or properly designed cure oven. To do so puts you in violation of several fire, safety and health codes. Besides, it just isn’t the safe way to use powder coatings. Atomized powder coatings are combustible and can cause an explosion if ignited in a contained area (like your garage). I will not aid you in killing yourself, insuring your family and burning or exploding your garage/house. I recommend that you spend a couple of bucks to have your parts professionally powder coated by a custom coater using the proper equipment. Doing it yourself without proper and safe equipment is like performing brain surgery without a medical degree using a butter knife.

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