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Old 09-16-2005, 08:25 PM
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touching up painted aluminum

My windshield and rear air vents are painted black but have many chips now from years of use. Has anyone touched these up well without taking them off and repainting them?
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Old 09-16-2005, 08:48 PM
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My windshield and rear air vents are painted black but have many chips now from years of use. Has anyone touched these up well without taking them off and repainting them?
Would it be out of the question to suggest powdercoating them so you never have to think about it again?
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Old 09-16-2005, 08:54 PM
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Would it be out of the question to suggest powdercoating them so you never have to think about it again?
I don't know. Pardon my ignorance, but powder-coating doesn't chip? I think my buddies tower is powder-coated black and it has a lot of chips in it. But it sounds like you recommend taking them off and repainting though.
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Old 09-16-2005, 11:00 PM
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A good powdercoating shouldn't chip. There are good jobs and bad. Just like paint, if it isn't designed for the application, it probably won't hold up. If you want a place to inquire with check out www.gorillapowdercoating.com they have the technology to have something done per application. Not just a layer of powder. They have in-house chemical engineers to make sure it works. I have used them, and plan on having everything I don't want to paint done. I am going to have them ceramic coat my exhaust for my sled too.
There is also a local blaster you could mail the pieces to and he does an unbelievable job on blasting. If you want, I could get you his info too.
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Old 09-16-2005, 11:59 PM
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We have our trailer powder coated, strong paint, i dont think we have any chips on it, well theres a few but the winch hook.
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Old 09-17-2005, 08:27 AM
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I have re-painted the vents on several of the boats I have owned over the years. The trick is to use a quality primer so the paint has something to stick to. As always, several thin layers of paint is better than a thick one. Luckily, if it chips or fades again over the years, a can of good spray paint is only $3 bucks!!

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Old 09-17-2005, 08:59 AM
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I know that DP40 is a good primer for painting aluminum (and plastic). You can probably just get a quart of it at an automotive paint supply store.
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Old 09-17-2005, 09:21 AM
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Would it be out of the question to suggest powdercoating them so you never have to think about it again?
If he's going to pull the frame off and remove glass/seals, and prep the metal for powder coating, what about having it anodized instead of painting or powder-coating?
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Old 09-17-2005, 09:33 AM
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If he's going to pull the frame off and remove glass/seals, and prep the metal for powder coating, what about having it anodized instead of painting or powder-coating?
I guess if you could find someone with a large enough tank anodizing would work nicely.

edit, wait he's talking about not taking the w/s off
I wouldn't want to take it off either, that looks like a huge pain in the a.
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Old 09-17-2005, 12:19 PM
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Use a permanent marker on the windshield and have your vent anodized or find the old zinc chromate (spelling) that they used on automobile w/s frame, I would go anodized. Check plating shops or if they are alloy screw the paint/anodizing and pollish them. Black does look better though.
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My windshield and rear air vents are painted black but have many chips now from years of use. Has anyone touched these up well without taking them off and repainting them?
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