NOTE: Prep all parts as per the HotCoatTMPowder Coating Instructions
One of the best methods for applying powder and for using the light for curing is by fastening a strong wire “clothesline” in your ventilated shop or garage (photo 3). This can be done with heavy wire such as our #.041 Safety Wire (#43045).Simply run the wire between garage door tracks or fasten securely with eye bolts into wall studs. Large heavy items should be supported on bricks or stone blocks covered with aluminum foil to prevent static attraction of dust onto your piece. Added stability will then be provided by securing the item to your wire “clothesline”. (photo #4).
The optional Mobile Body Bumper Bench for Powder Coating (#43329) can be used to support small parts during powder coating application and curing as shown in photo 5. Follow the instructions included with your stand for set-up and assembly.The items can be suspended with wire either vertically or horizontally. Wrap your stand with aluminum foil to eliminate powder overspray build up from curing on your stand.
USING THE INFRARED THERMOMETER
The infrared thermometer is used to get accurate temperature readings from your object. With these readings, refer to the appropriate chart on page 8 to select cure time (for more details on using these charts refer to “Curing With Your Infrared Light” section). Temperature readings are taken as close to the light-heated area as possible (no more than 3-6” from object). Use common sense when taking temperature readings. Always use heavy leather gloves or welding gloves to protect hands from the heat and never place hands in front of the light when taking readings (to prevent heat burns).
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OPERATING THE INFRARED LIGHT
The infrared light is designed to be utilized at a distance of 6-10” from the object and parallel to the piece to be cured. The light should be periodically positioned and moved around the object as instructed in the curing section. Use an appropriate outlet. NOTE: Blades on included plug can be oriented vertically or horizontally. Plug the light into a 30 amp, 220 volt circuit, turn on switch, and allow 1-2 minutes for the light to come up to temperature. If you find an area or object demands the light to be FURTHER than 6” adjust the time to meet the temperature in the chart outlined in the curing section (page 8).
MOVING THE LIGHT
Objects such as a rear axle (photo 4), driveshaft (photo 9) or any other object that is powder coated on all sides, must be cured from all sides. In order to cure all surfaces of the object, the light must be moved. This is accomplished by moving the light from the bottom of the object to the top (if hung vertically) or from one end to the other (if hung horizontally), allowing the light to bring the surface up to one of the cure temperatures and then held on that spot for the recommended time. Continually monitor the temperature and adjust your timer as you move the light along. After completing one side, move down the other to completely cure the object.
Some thin gauge objects may cure the powder outside the light’s focus area. This can be checked and verified with the infrared thermometer. If this is the case, simply move the light through this area into the next, once you have achieved the proper cure time.
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