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Old 01-13-2010, 06:03 PM
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matching powder coat to paint and vice versa

can it be done?

i really want to powder coat my frame for the durability of it.......

but obviously i want to have my tins painted.........

looking at something other than black........

most likely metallic so i am sure this will add to the difficulty

comments, suggestions, any and all help is appreciated

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If you do a search, there's been a lot of disscussion about how powder coat has come a along way and there is way more choices of color in PC now.

But, as far as matching colors, being a painter, I'm sure that any color powder coat can be matched with paint but,........I doubt very much anyone can match all paint colors with powder, especially candies and pearls.

Find a powder color you like for your frame, and any good paint shop will be able to match it with paint for your sheet metal pieces.

And before the PC lovers say, "then why don't you do it all with PC",........I say, because you can't wet sand and buff your tank and fenders to a flat mirror finish,...with powder, like you can with a good urethane paint job.
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Powder coat colors can not be altered, so find the powder coat color you want and match the paint to it, very easy to do. Not so easy to pick the color you actually want to use.
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:41 AM
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That's what I did, picked out the color I wanted in powder coating, and they have a lot of choices. I went with a fine metallic. When they powdercoated the frame I had them also powdercoat a small piece of flat scrap metal with it to use as a sample. I then took the powdercoated sample, went with my painter to the automotive paint supply shop and they digitally scanned the sample piece to determine the paint mixture, it was very cool and came out perfectly.
So find an automotive paint supply shop with a scanner, which I believe most places will have nowadays. The paint shop needed the sample piece at least 4" x 4" to use the scanner so if you go that route you may want to check with your paintshop ahead of time to see what size they need to get a good image.
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