Powder Coating 101
With summer being emotionally over for most, it’s time to start thinking about the SCORE Baja 1000. With this year’s race being a penninsula run, preparation, strategy and logistics will be a key to success. Many teams have already been planning who their additional drivers will be and who will provide additional pit support for the long race. Prerunning is a huge advantage in Baja, and prepping your prerunner is a priority. Taking your prerunner though the various elements of Baja is pure HELL on your equipment. Due to the mud, water and silt that is always a common ingredient of a race in Baja, many people choose to powdercoat their prerunner’s chassis. Powdercoating your chassis is easily the best way to keep it rust free and protect it from the elements but it does have its downfalls. The major downfall is being nmuch more difficult to locate any cracks in your chassis or arms. With that being said, many people would prefer the simplicity of being able to preassure wash their prerunner and hunt a little longer for cracks. In this article will follow the process of a 4 seat prerunner from the raw and a little bit rusty stage though the whole powder coating process.
Billy Lavorci at Perfomance Powder Coating has been a longtime friend of the Desertrides.com staff. Performance Powder Coating has sprayed countless racecar parts, chase racks and general equipment for us. Their quality and customer service is second to none. Billy has been racing motocross his whole life. He spent a lot of time riding with his late best friend as well as FMX Pioneer and Legend Mike Cinqmars. Billy is a huge supporter of off road racers and has recently been racing a 2 seat class 1600 whoop skipper. Please support those who support racers!
Performance Powder Coating
22163 Powhatan Rd. #A
Apple Valley, CA
2 STAGE POWDER COATING
Remove the chassis from the trailer and prepare for sand blast.
Sand blast chassis to remove rust and burrs
Sand all highly visible areas to create ultra smooth finish
Blow off any remaining sand, dust or debris from chassis
Place chassis in the oven for the pre burn off at 450f for 45 minutes to burn off any oil or grease that may be on the chassis. allow chassis and parts to cool down completely.
Blow dust out of the shop and prepare the powder- Gun Metal Grey to be sprayed
Apply powder to chassis and parts.
Bake the base color for 7 minutes at 400f. Allow chassis and parts to cool down completely before applying the clear coat
Cleanout equipment and switch spray gun to apply clear coat.
Apply clear coat over base color.
Double check parts and chassis for powder coverage of the clear coat
Bake clear coat for 40 minutes at 400f
Pull parts and chassis out of the oven and allow to cool down. That completes the whole process of the 2 stage powder coating.
The arms were completed using the single stage powder coating process. They were finished in the classic Silver Vein color to give a little contrast to the chassis.