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Technical steering wheel. I am thinking about having it powder coating . can I?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Thomas Marmont, Sep 28, 2017.

  1. Thomas Marmont
    Joined: May 8, 2017
    Posts: 20

    Thomas Marmont

    I have a 1948 Merc steering wheel. I am thinking about having it powder coating . but what is the wheel made out of steal ? Or made out of mental. Can I even have it powder coat?
  2. No. The heat of the oven will destroy the plastic rim plus, I don't think the powder will adhere to it anyway
  3. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,937

    Member Emeritus
    from Iowa

    Powder is drawn to the piece thru a magnetic charge. Has to be metallic. No plastics not plastic fillers, etc. Metal only.
  4. Base coat,clear coat will hold up extremely well. HRP

  5. It's entirely possible to powdercoat non-metallic items; simply pre-heat it to about 200 degrees and the powder will stick to it. Once coated, simply cure as you would any other part. The problem is very few non-metal parts can take the cure heat needed (generally around 400 degrees or more) to get proper flow-out and cure.

    I use this method to apply multiple coats to get an extra-thick coating (primarily on things like battery trays), but I have seen some coaters doing late-model plastic engine parts this way. This also works well for items where you have problems getting coating into nooks and crannies. This can also work to repair a damaged or flawed coating without a complete strip; sand out the problem area, pre-heat, and recoat.

    But I seriously doubt that steering wheel plastic will take the cure heat without damage.
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  6. Dirty Dug
    Joined: Jan 11, 2003
    Posts: 3,689

    Dirty Dug

    Appliance epoxy is a durable alternative for repainting steering wheels.
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  7. Some stuff is definitely made of mental
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  8. Okie Pete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,786

    Okie Pete

    I've seen cattle skulls coated with a chrome looking product . I was told the process is similar to powder coating. Using static charge , powder and heat. Keep searching you will find something that fits what you want.

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