Tag Archives: Powder Coating

  • Customizing An ATV With Eastwood Products

    You may remember our post from this winter where we showed you a Custom Powder Coating Project by Eastwood Product Engineer Evan on his 2004 Honda 450R. He's nearly done with the project, but we wanted to show you some of his progress along the way of the full build.

    Evan wanted to get his engine and drivetrain looking as good as his chassis, so he decided to use the Eastwood Small Job Media Blasting Kit to blast each part as he disassembled it. The before and after pics are pretty amazing and the soda didn't damage any of the engine parts that need to remain at a tight tolerance.

    Then Evan put the long block into the chassis as he waited on his rebuilt race head to arrive back from the engine builder. You can see how nice the freshly soda blasted engine parts look in the custom powder coated chassis!

    After receiving his head from the machine shop, he mounted up his valve cover he had previously powder coated in Eastwood Black Starddust Powder.

    After getting the majority of the hard parts assembled, Evan rolled it outside to see how it was looking in the sun. The HotCoat powders he chose really pop when the sunlight hits them!

    Here are a few shots with the plastics back on and ready to ride. Evan can't wait to test out the durability of those powders and the power of his new engine!

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  • Powder Coating ATV Parts

    Here at Eastwood we have a love for anything with wheels. One of our product engineers, Evan, is a big time ATV enthusiast. He took this past weekend to give his quad a new look by blasting and powder coating the chassis and associated parts. He used the Eastwood Dual Voltage Powder Coating Gun, and a combination of HotCoat Metallic Blue Powder, HotCoat Black Stardust Powder, and HotCoat Reflective Chrome Powder to coat his quad parts. Evan wanted a tough coating that would continue to look good even after a day out at the trails and he knew HotCoat powders would be up to the task!

    Check out the pictures below of Evan's results, that blue metallic powder really pops!

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  • What's cooking in the Eastwood Oven? A weekend of powder coating.

    I'm building a few projects at once, and it seems just about every one of them needed some sort of powder coating done before I could start reassembly. I took this past weekend to tackle my growing pile of parts for powder treatment.

    There were 2 steps to this process. The first was cleaning the parts with the media blaster. Since I had some large parts that wouldn't fit in the blasting cabinet, I decided to use a mix of soda blast media and aluminum oxide in the dual blaster to quickly remove the years of paint, rust, and grime on these parts.

    An important tip is to sift your media through a strainer before it goes into the blaster. This is your last chance to make sure that there aren't any pieces of oversized media that weren't broken down enough. The smallest rogue piece could clog the blaster and cause headaches! This is extremely important if the media isn't high quality or has been stored in a questionable area where condensation could have gotten to the media. Either way it's a good habit to form. Sometimes you'd be surprised at what you catch!

    Once I blasted all of the parts I treated them with Eastwood After Blast to give them one final cleaning process and optimum powder adherence.

    The fun part of this process was finally here, and I started by grabbing my Dual Voltage HotCoat Gun and doing a layer of high gloss black powder followed by hot flocking a layer of ultra gloss clear powder over the parts. This combo is one of my favorites. It really gives an ultra-deep, shiny look to the black that is hard to beat!

    Once that batch had cured I moved on to do some engine brackets and other items in black wrinkle. This powder leaves a nice O.E. looking finish that is subtle, yet still clean.

    After all of this, I can say I am excited to bolt these freshly coated parts onto each car, I just need to find the time! We want to see what you are powder coating, feel free to share your photos on the Eastwood Powder Coating Forum!

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  • Eastwood makes Media Blasting Affordable for the Beginner

    Soda Blasting with a Pressure Blaster

    Media blasting is a job that can be quite messy and expensive. Most blasting systems are great if you plan to use it often, but the cost definitely can be overwhelming if you only use it once or twice. Normally you would need a cabinet or a stand-up pressure blaster that requires a large compressor, an efficient air drying system, and loads of media; even if you are just doing a couple small items like valve covers, intake manifolds, etc.

    Small Job Media Blasting Kit

    Here at Eastwood we recently released a kit that will allow you to get blasting quicker than ever before. With our new Small Job Media Blasting Kits you can be up and running in no time without the need to invest in a large media blaster or cabinet. If you want to strip and recoat your old parts we suggest coupling the new small job blasting kit with one of our HotCoat Powder Coating Kits. Using the two kits together will get you restoring and coating parts quicker, and more affordably then ever!

    As always keep your suggestions coming with your ideas for new products to help you do the job right!

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  • 2011 Eastwood Vegas Dream Ride Contest Winner!

    Thanks to all for the amazing response to this year's contest, and we want to all congratulate Ed S. from Ohio. He is the 2011 winner of our Vegas Dream Ride Contest. I chatted with Ed quickly the other night and he is really excited! Here is a little background on his story.

    Ed has been a gearhead since before he could drive, one of his fondest moments was helping his dad do brakes on the family's 68 Camaro, we'd say that's a great start! By 17 he had a motorcycle underneath him, and he has never turned back. He has a 68 Camaro, 76 CJ7, and 72 Beetle restorations under his belt, so we'd say he is definitely "one of us"! Ed found out about our contest after purchasing an Eastwood Soda Blaster for his 1984 Harley FLTC Fire-resto project. Since then he has blasted the frame and made use of his large oven at work and our Powder Coating Supplies to get a jump start on his project.

    He will have to take a short break from working on his project to come to SEMA for a few days and hang out with the Eastwood crew, go out on the town in Las vegas, and most importantly, drive a bunch of super cars on the Las Vegas Speedway! Check out our live feed on Eastwood.com for pictures, interviews, and a taste of Ed's Dream Ride experience!

    -Matt/EW

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