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  • anyone make any extra ,money off their powdercoating?

    did it take u awhile at first?
    im just curious , im in the process of getting everything lined up, just got power ran to my building and just wanted to know how everyone else got started.
    i mean to me if i could judt pay for the equipement fairly quiacj that would be great, and im just looking into the hobby grade not professional, but it seems to me about $1000 should get me started but i need everything compressor and all, i know somethings like the compressor would cost about $1g for what u really need but im just going to get by for now, i cant afford the $1g compressor right now!

  • #2
    well... I don't exactly know what it is yer asking per se, but let me try to answer. Many on here have gotten "bitten" by the bug for thier own purposes and eventually the friends come out of the woodwork to have things done. So yes... money can be made quite well at the hobbyist level of things. As far as buying a 1,000 dollar compressor, I suggest you shop around a little bit. Remember, this is accessible to a hobbyist because the costs involved are so low and obtainable. Look for sales and deals and the like. EVENTUALLY you will want to buy bigger and better to suit your needs, but it's not a necessity right now to spend every penny you have on something you don't have a good grip on. Go ahead and wait for a bargain here or there on a compressor. Even look in the classifieds for them or on ebay. They're out there. The same with ovens. Scour the classifieds of the local paper, look for tagsales ( it's amazing what you can find at a tagsale somoetimes) or even the salvation army. Trust me... we're nothing if not frugal here,lol. I hope that helps.... Russ

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    • #3
      Yes you can make money at this, but as anything the job you do speaks for itself. If you do a great job at a fair price, you will be able to potentially make more money. Only problem is, to do a great job at a fair price and make money, you have to know what you are doing, and have good equipment to do it right. Do it once, and not have to restrip the part and do all again. That is where you will find you can make money, do it right. Seems you have not yet accumulated everything you need yet to start powder coating, so I would not even worry about making money on it yet. You have your goal in mind for something you have yet to even try, so I would not worry about that aspect of it yet. Another thing, spend as little as you can now and see what pieces of equipment you need to upgrade later. This way you will not be stuck with high dollar stuff you have no use for, if you decide this is not for you. I can say this, not everyone is cut out for powder coating. Some people just would rather pay someone else to do anything, others will figure out a way to not pay someone else. That is me, I am greedy with my money, and if I can make it work, I will make it work. But, there is always a limit as to what ou can do yourself, and when to spend some dinero to buy the things you "NEED". All in all, do it on the cheap now, and see where it leads. It might be a deadend, might be your future.

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      • #4
        i wasnt quaoting prices on the 1000 compressor , but i had looked at the post about them and the ones like that were all over 700 around here so i was just saying it could be expenesive, thanks for the help
        i was just curious if anyone got some extra cash out of it
        thanks for all the info

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        • #5
          Hi,

          Well my friend and I started powder coating with the intent on opening a small part time business, and that is what we have done. From "powder what?" to powder coating for money took us about $1000 between the two of us, thats only $500 each.

          The gun was in the mail when we got our compressor. Nothing special, its a used 60 gallon upright, 2 cylinder and has a 2 phase motor. For what we do, blasting and coating and the odd automotive repair its perfect. Never have to wait for a recharge. We got it when a mis-managed small automotive shop went kaput. We got it for $200+$35 for a new pressure switch. So the deals are out there, you just have to keep your eyes open.

          So far we did get a couple bucks out of powder coating. Nothing big yet to offset our investement but we have easily made up for it in the parts that we coated for our selves.

          etyrrany

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          • #6
            what made me look into powder coating is i could find anyone local to do it for me and i know that my friend, who has an atv performance shop would send me some business , but i just got to get some practice in first

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            • #7
              hi brandonpeake, re;compressor
              i bought 60gal, 7hp, 2cylinder,135 psi max, Campbell
              > hausfeld. it puts out
              > 11.8 [email protected]
              > 10.3 scfm @ 90 pi. & it cost me $399 at lowes
              > cheers
              >

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              • #8
                This is the one I will be getting this week:

                Central Pneumatic #47065
                4-1/2 peak horsepower; 120 volt, 60Hz
                125 PSI max; 4.4 CFM @ 90 PSI; 11.1 CFM @ 40 PSI
                Two Built-in Universal Quick Connect Couplers
                $159.99

                http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=47065

                Gotta Love Harbor Freight

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                • #9
                  4.4 cfm @ 90psi is kinda low for any sustained blasting..

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                  • #10
                    Problem is limited budget at this point, guess I will have to look around a bit then. I will build my booths first this week and hunt for a compressor with a little more power. Will it be ok for small parts, like valve covers, water outlets, timing covers, brackets, and such?

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                    • #11
                      Oh, you can blast with it, but I think you may be doing the blast - recharge - blast - recharge bit..

                      I had to do that with my old compressor. Blast for 15-20 seconds, wait 45 seconds for the compressor to refill the tank. Pain in the butt and took forever to blast even small parts.

                      I picked up a 5hp compressor (Stay away from the oil-less units. Monumental pieces of crappola) that will do a little over 6 SCFM at 90 PSI with a 100% duty cycle (That means it can run all the time) with a 30 gallon tank. I can blast for about 90 seconds (@ 100PSI) before the compressor kicks on, but I don't have to stop. I think the thing ran me about $350 and I picked it up at a local Home Depot. (Husky brand maybe? I don't remember) It cut my blasting times down to a fraction of what they used to be..

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                      • #12
                        Buy the best compressor you can afford, it will probably be the best money you can spend. You will be quickly deterred by using a compressor that is not capable of doing the job.

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                        • #13
                          getting into powder

                          Our shop got into powder coating to do small brackets and parts that could stand more abuse that many paints could take. By the time we had the oven built 3"X3"X6' and a spray booth. We had 1500.00 in parts, powders,tape,plugs,wires, and all the other stuff we needed. We use a small campbell Hausfeld blaster and a 60 gallon 6HP 220v twin cylinder air compressor that retails new for 475.00 It does a good job for what we wanted to do. As word has gotten around we are getting lots of small jobs in from all sorts of people. Everything from paper weights to school mascots. We are in the motorcycle restoration business and still farm out the really big jobs to someone equipped to do them. For us the hobby level does a very nice job.

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                          • #14
                            Just a little about me....I started powdercoating 3 years ago. At first, things went from bad to worse. Got rid of the partner, started doing everything myself and started asking TONS of questions....I now am working on doing custom choppers, sportbikes and hot rod parts. I do custom work only. No production pieces...I also incorporate custom graphics all with powder coat. I have more work now than I can shake a stick at....Like someone else said...Do a good job at a reasonable price, and you will be busy for a long time!

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                            • #15
                              jcrpowdercoating -

                              do you have a web site to show any pictures? I am interested in hearing how you do your graphics and such.

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