Young Powder Coating Guns
As a teenager and avid dirt bike and BMX rider, Tom Esposito was already familiar with the beauty that a fresh layer of powder coating brings to parts.
He would often send bike parts out of state to be powder coated, but when he received his driver’s license at 17, he purchased a used Eastwood system and began coating his own parts in his parents’ one-car garage.
Soon friends started bringing him their parts, too, and word got around that ‘Espo’ had a knack for making wheels and parts stand out.
“I remember I first started powder coating these little bike parts and I would borrow my mom’s toaster oven to cure the coating,” he says. “Then I had to get a bigger oven, and then more room for applying powder. It just took off.”
Six years later, Esposito is all of 22 years old and owner of Espo’s Powder Coating, working out of his own shop in Staten Island, grossing a respectable six-figure income and employing one other coater. His business in coating wheels and automotive parts is becoming well-known for his extreme attention to detail and his flair for creative color matching.