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  • PC'ing Aluminum bike Frames?

    I read somewhere that you shouldn't powder coat aluminum b/c heating it can adversely effect its properties and welds.

    I have an aluminum dirt bike frame, will I be alright powder coating it? I am only wanting to powder coat it a simple gloss black.

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    Re: PC'ing Aluminum bike Frames?

    i've pc'ed aluminium w/o problems.
    Reactive Coatings

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      Re: PC'ing Aluminum bike Frames?

      your frame will be fine-don't worry about that.
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        Re: PC'ing Aluminum bike Frames?

        Most valve covers are aluminum and all withstand powdercoating will no ill effects.

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          Re: PC'ing Aluminum bike Frames?

          Depending on the alloy it may or may not hurt the frame.

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            Re: PC'ing Aluminum bike Frames?

            From what I remember reading on this site (you can search) the problem is that the heat can/will artificially age some alloys which could make them more brittle, IIRC. It's not something you'd notice in a valve cover or a beefy wheel. Bike frames are pretty highly stressed though. Unless you are doing a fork I wouldn't worry about it much. Let us know if it works out.

            When you say "Dirt Bike" do you mean motorcycle? Or a mountain bike? I'm thinking of PCing my old Cannondale 800. Not the fork though

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              Re: PC'ing Aluminum bike Frames?

              Unless someone soldered it, instead of tig welding it. Toss it in the oven bring the part up to about 370 F ( or what ever the paint temp is) for a few min..yank it out.. hang it on the rack. and put the magic dust to it. Some pearl in that black might look nice.
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                Re: PC'ing Aluminum bike Frames?

                Unless someone soldered it? What kind of framebuilders do you have around your parts, dustnman?
                Steve Dold
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                  Re: PC'ing Aluminum bike Frames?

                  Some people acctually call welding, like MIG soldering. and TIG or melting lead into a joint, Welding. WHy I dunno. I know on the Discovery channel, there is a show, How it is Made. The Narrator is a French Canadain, she calls them backwards. And really emplasises the L on solder. Funny as heck.
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                  • #10
                    Re: PC'ing Aluminum bike Frames?

                    Yeah I'm talking about a motorcycle frame not a mountain bike lol. Thanks for the input.

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                    • #11
                      Re: PC'ing Aluminum bike Frames?

                      no issues there bro.
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