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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-13-2002, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Anyone know someone who polishes.....

Frames or even chromes.....in the northern va area or MD?
I Did a few pieces but, but realized that i dont want to do the frame or swing arm rather have someone else do it!.
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my 1st question is do you keep your bike in a humidity controlled environment? if not how about anodizing or powdercoat? i do know places locally that do those

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Well....its not outside......it sits in the garage. Anodizing???? Sorry for the stupid question but what does that look like...is it another form of powdercoating?
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from what i understand about anodizing its a chemical treatment that dyes the aluminum

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yep, anodizing is a chemical treatment/reaction with aluminum that gives you all those neat-o colors- purple, red, green, blue, yellow, etc... I remember way back to some article on the web where someone was going to try to anodize their frame, but it didn't work very well, I don't remember why, though.....

powder-coating is, I could be wrong, a spray-on, then,"baked-on" type of process that gives the material a tough finish. Seen it on frames, wheels, grille gaurds, tow bars..... Not super-shiny like chrome, but I believe it can be somewhat glossy.

Who does this stuff locally? If I ever have any money, I'd like to have a few pieces powder-coated black.

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Looks as though there isnt anyone in the area that chrome or polish...... guess i am gonna have to finish what i started.
I think i will wait till winter though so i can take my time. Its awsome outside and i would hate to not be able to enjoy it!
Thanks anyways
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zaki dont fret i had a frame from my hawk 650 polished locally just need to remember where. wasnt to happy with results but that may have been my pushing to get it done in a reasonable time

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yep, anodizing is a chemical treatment/reaction with aluminum that gives you all those neat-o colors- purple, red, green, blue, yellow, etc... I remember way back to some article on the web where someone was going to try to anodize their frame, but it didn't work very well, I don't remember why, though.....

powder-coating is, I could be wrong, a spray-on, then,"baked-on" type of process that gives the material a tough finish. Seen it on frames, wheels, grille gaurds, tow bars..... Not super-shiny like chrome, but I believe it can be somewhat glossy.

Who does this stuff locally? If I ever have any money, I'd like to have a few pieces powder-coated black.
i may be mistaking but for best results the material (aluminum) should be as smooth as possible not quite polished

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there is a company around the corner from my house that does powder and ano if interested let me know and ill get numbers and addresses feel free to call if desired (lots of trust here....410-646-1119) ask for mike

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Look here for an idea of the finishes available in powder coat:
http://www.columbiacoatings.com/
A friend of a friend has a powder gun and an old oven that we just used to do some bits and pieces on my SV. The process is very fast and easy. All powder coating is just paint applied in a non-liquid form. The durability is better than most paints due to the thin, uniform application and oven curing. The ONLY downsides are: Parts must be metal and able to withstand 400 degrees cure temp., and although tons of colors are available it's hard to match to other (plastic) parts on the bike. All the parts I did were a charcoal metallic with clearcoat. I'll probably do the tank the same color, should contrast nicely with the silver painted plastics. Powder WILL stick to polished parts, you can clear powder coat.
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