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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 28th, 01, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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My subframe was powder coated 2 years ago and I'd like to polish it up before I re-install the motor. What materials has anyone used to do this that you are happy with and what method was used?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 28th, 01, 11:18 AM
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i thought that powder coated parts were supposed to stay shiny, and just need to be cleaned off with soap and water. how has the powder coating stood up to usage? i am pondering doing that on my nova when i tear it apart..

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 28th, 01, 11:30 AM
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I use to work for a manufacturer of powder coatings (10 years). There is no way I know of besides soap and water as said in above post.Any type of polish will mar the shine due to abrasives.Yes it's very durable. ( like plastic wrap for metal).Maybe in a small spot you could try to sand with 1000+ grit sandpaper and clearcoat it...where no one will see.Also remember the coating is only about 2 mil.s thick ( about as thick as a heafty bag )

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 28th, 01, 04:05 PM
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Clean with soap and water then wax with regular car wax,works great.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 29th, 01, 02:53 AM Thread Starter
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I bought the subframe used and aside from just needing a clean up there were a few small areas that had some overspray on them that I cleaned up with fine compound. Other than that, it is just a little dingy. Thanks for the tips, guys. Looks like soap and water and some wax is in order.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 29th, 01, 06:03 AM
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I have the Eastwood Hotcoat system,and the first time i used it it came out a little rough.It says you can wetsand and polish like regular paint.I sanded it with 1500 and buffed it and it looked great.
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