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Bill Boyle
Horse Feathers (Charter Member)

USA
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Posted - 06 Apr 2010 :  7:58:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit Bill Boyle's Homepage  Reply with Quote
When I purchased my TA in 1979 the moldings around the windshield and rear window were treated with black paint. A factory job. They were really the regular chrome moldings with paint on them. Needless to say, within a couple of years the paint started breaking down, fading a bit, and then flaking off from bug strikes. When the car was refinished by me in 1992, these molding were removed from the car, remaining paint was removed via chemical remover, cleaned, then lightly scuffed and painted with primer and then a semi-flat black paint. This held up for 10 years or more and now needs to be redone along with the whole car.

Has anyone powder coated their moldings? Eastwood has powder coating equipment. Has anyone used their stuff? Finally, will the powder coating be an improvement over the semi-flat paint that lasted 10 years before fading?

"Dedicated to keeping the classic Pontiac engine alive."

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400 bored +.030, forged TRW pistons, ported 62 heads, Hedman headers, 2.5 SS dual exhaust X Pypes, Comp 276AH10 cam, Scorpion 1.65 RR, 850 Q-jet, stock intake & tuned HEI; original owner.

Edited by - Bill Boyle on 06 Apr 2010 7:58:29 PM

mike mcarthur
Pony that Jumps

USA
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Posted - 08 Apr 2010 :  06:23:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit mike mcarthur's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The only negative I could see is that the powder is pretty thick and may interfere with the fit. If the paint lasted ten years, I think I would paint again.

It's the stuff you learn after you know it all that's important
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Phil
The Great White Buffalo

USA
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Posted - 08 Apr 2010 :  07:38:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Agree with Mike. Also, consider the pampered life your T/A enjoys now vs the old days when it (most likely) was not leading such a "sheltered" existence in a garage most of the time. If that is the case, you may never need to refinish them again.

Bowties are for Pee-wee Herman. "Chevy": even the name sounds cheap, but not as cheap as your Pontiac will be with an LS transplant.

Edited by - Phil on 08 Apr 2010 07:39:33 AM
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Bill Boyle
Horse Feathers (Charter Member)

USA
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Posted - 08 Apr 2010 :  09:35:50 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bill Boyle's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Phil you got it all wrong. My TA has always lived a sheltered life (just like me) and and has been garaged 29 of it's 31 young years so far. Only after moving to SoFLorida where I had to leave it outside because of all the household crap stashed in the garage (my tools too) was it really subject to the elements. Being garaged allowed the finish to stay really good for many years but 6 months in the Florida weather did it in.

I suppose the molding could be sanded lightly with crocus cloth, primed and repainted with automotive finish paint (gloss black). That might be relatively more durable than what was previously used.

"Dedicated to keeping the classic Pontiac engine alive."

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400 bored +.030, forged TRW pistons, ported 62 heads, Hedman headers, 2.5 SS dual exhaust X Pypes, Comp 276AH10 cam, Scorpion 1.65 RR, 850 Q-jet, stock intake & tuned HEI; original owner.

Edited by - Bill Boyle on 08 Apr 2010 09:38:45 AM
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Kiwi Mal
Cochise

New Zealand
690 Posts

Posted - 09 Apr 2010 :  01:29:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bill.

It maybe worth asking the coating specialist what they can use. It maybe possible to coat them with the black ceramic finish they use on headers. Just a thought.
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dgray
Cochise

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Posted - 09 Apr 2010 :  6:32:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You might try Imron. We used to use it on motor cycle frames and it is some tough stuff. I don't know if you can get it in a flat finish though. Try some of the boat yards down there I'll bet they can tell you what works in that sun you have down there.
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