Parts of Project Expedition require customization and often this means that we are removing the original paint. While we could simply re-spray those parts with standard spray paint, there is another option that we wanted to explore, powder coating.
Summarized from wikipedia:Powder coating is a type of coating that is sprayed on as a free-flowing, dry powder that is typically applied electrostatically and is then cured under heat to allow it to flow and form a “skin”. Powder coated finishes can produce thicker coatings than conventional paint coatings without running or sagging, and powder coating produces minimal appearance differences between horizontally coated surfaces and vertically coated surfaces.
In short it gives a thicker coating of “paint” without any imperfections in the finish. I have also heard that it is a stronger finish.
The wheels in the pictures below are not for Project Expedition, they are for another upcoming project. However, the beadlock rings on these wheels were powder coated black to match the wheels and to go with the theme of the eventual build. Project Expedition will receive several powder coated parts including the extended frame.
Before power coating:
After powder coating:
The powder coating is a very professional looking finish that is very strong. It should not chip or scratch easily even on the rocks. The actual powder is available in many colors and finishes so if you have access to powder coating in any way I would definitely look into it.