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Offline LevelSteam

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Powder coating frame
« on: Mon, 10 December 2018, 21:38:58 »
I recently grabbed a Ducky Shine 7 in the standard gunmetal grey color, and I'm kind of curious as to how feasible it would be to have the top zinc alloy portion of the frame powder coated. There's a place near me that does great work, but I have very little experience with this process and was curious to hear opinions from people that have actually done it.

My main concern is whether the coating would cause the frame not to fit back together properly (everything is pretty flush and I don't know how much thickness the coating would realistically add). Are there any other things to tale into consideration before inquiring about this type of thing for a keyboard?

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Re: Powder coating frame
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 10 December 2018, 22:18:08 »
I recently grabbed a Ducky Shine 7 in the standard gunmetal grey color, and I'm kind of curious as to how feasible it would be to have the top zinc alloy portion of the frame powder coated. There's a place near me that does great work, but I have very little experience with this process and was curious to hear opinions from people that have actually done it.

My main concern is whether the coating would cause the frame not to fit back together properly (everything is pretty flush and I don't know how much thickness the coating would realistically add). Are there any other things to tale into consideration before inquiring about this type of thing for a keyboard?

I haven't had anything powder coated, but I've been around long enough to see this come up in group buys and such.  Powder coating shops will have a hard time getting a "premium" finish on your board.  It's not going to look perfect and it is going to be thick.  Probably thick enough to cause fit issues.  Could you have it cerakoted instead?  Cerakote finish is extremely thin and often looks flawless.  Plus, it's more durable.
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Re: Powder coating frame
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 10 December 2018, 22:41:34 »
Ahhh, ok! They do Cerakote finishes there too so I'll have to ask them about that. :)

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Re: Powder coating frame
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 18 December 2018, 14:27:48 »
Well I ended up going with a cerakote finish and it turned out pretty bad. Im going to look around to see if there's anyone else near me that might be able to fix it since this stuff is apparently crazy durable do I can't just sand off the imperfections and paint over it myself. Lot of areas that didnt get coated properly, while others are full of what looks lile over-spary and other imperfections.

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Re: Powder coating frame
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 18 December 2018, 15:45:57 »
Yikes.  I didnít know you could mess up cerakote so badly. I mean, itís not horrible, but Iím sure you wanted it perfect.  I like the color a lot. Which color is it?
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Re: Powder coating frame
« Reply #5 on: Tue, 18 December 2018, 19:30:33 »
I like the color a lot too. It's "wild purple" btw.
Everything else is just a mess though.

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Re: Powder coating frame
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 19 December 2018, 06:54:36 »
Sorry to see such a bad Cerakote outcome! Seems like a good time to review the shop online and post some pics...

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Re: Powder coating frame
« Reply #7 on: Mon, 31 December 2018, 09:58:11 »
I talked it over with the person that did it and ended up only paying for the cost of the cerakote color itself, so I'm not out much money at all. I have an appointment coming up with a much more experienced (and well reviewed) person that's going to redo it for me, so I'll post new pics when I get it back from them.

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Re: Powder coating frame
« Reply #8 on: Mon, 31 December 2018, 10:08:34 »
Cool. Keep us updated. Itís a neat project.  Also, if youíre happy with the new guy you might have people interested in his contact info  :D
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