So more experimentation today.
We are still learning. My buddy, Jeff is a novice too, and we are working together as he has lots of 1960
Alfa parts to coat!
If I do the coating (I want to... never been a watcher!) I cant judge the distances or see the details... so I have to stand back...
We tried a couple of badges today.
Blasted them clean... wiped them down with MEK, and ran them in the oven to outgas at 500 F.
Then wiped them down again with MEK.
Then they were READY!
I think I had enough on... Looks like its fuzzy felt covered!
The word is, that the powdercoat is so thick and hard, you should wipe off the areas that need to be finished differently BEFORE curing...
So, we wiped off the raised areas with a foam brush.
Messed up a couple of times, so had to touch up, so it was PLENTY thick!
In the oven they went!
Felling like Betty Crocker!
Flowed out at 450, then left them at 400 for 30 mins... checked several times with the IR thermometer and it was pretty much spot on temp wise.
Out and cooled.
Next it was the highlight areas... I had decided before to give that a "Brushed Look" to contrast with the polished skin... plus the cast pieces never polish up as well as the skin.
15 mins with some 220 on a block later...
Clear coat over it all tomorrow is the plan.
This hopefully, wil mean the badges will not tarnish and last a long time.