[CR] Powder Coating Aluminum


Example: Events:Cirque du Cyclisme:2007

Date: Mon, 18 May 2009 19:34:46 -0700
From: <rcerkon@gmail.com>
To: Internet-bob <internet-bob@bikelist.org>, <Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR] Powder Coating Aluminum


How to do?

Sounds easy enough, but apparently the heat treatment of Aluminum common to bike components (6061, 7075) can be adversely affected by the PC cure/bake process. Or so I've come to believe after some initial Google searches. Here are two links typical of the information I've found so far:

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Metallurgy-2280/6061-T6-Aluminum-lose.htm

http://www.springerlink.com/content/lg4t537m7t263851/

Anybody have definitive/authoritative info on this topic?

BTW what about all those Al bike/frames in the market place? How are they "painted"?

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Rod C