When I first started working at Eastwood, one of the first products I got my hands on was the HotCoat Powder Coating System. Having never been exposed to powder coating, I was a little skeptical of how much more durable it was compared to paint. After I sprayed a few test panels, I was sold. When the panels cured, I was told to take a pick hammer and hit the q-panel. To my surprise, the panel had a nice indent, but the powder did not flake off. Next, I was told to bend the q-panel in half. Again, the powder did not flake off (try these simple tests at home....it is pretty amazing!! You can also coat a piece of aluminum foil and bend that all around to see how durable powder coating is). After seeing these two tests, I was sold and have been powder coating at home ever since.
Powder coating at home can be done for a relatively low amount of money. All you need is an oven (I started with a small toaster oven and worked my way up to an old house oven), a compressed air source, powder, powder coat gun, and clean parts to coat. Click here to see how easy it is to powder coat at home.
Working on old VW's, I've been powder coating just about anything I can fit into the oven - pedal assemblies, engine tin, pulleys, wheels, hood hinges, sway bar,....even the gas tank for my '62 bug (we did that in our large walk-in oven in our R&D). Nick