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    Default powdercoat or rattle can on the engine/tran 2000 sporty?!!?

    i want the black engine/trans look! i have a cheapy 2000 sportster i have been wrenching on. i am a total novice with engines/trans so i am reluctant to take the shit all apart and bring it in for a powdercoat!!! altho my typical way of doing shit is the right way so i also kind of don't want to spray can paint it altho i know how to use a spray can the right way! now with that being said i work for LOCAL 1 IBEW (international brotherhood of electrical workers) so i am very mechanical and a quick learner! which route should i take and someone who knows what they are talking about feel free to give me some tips and a breakdown of engine disassembly or give me some references as to where i can find some good info to go off of! THANKS BOYS

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    Neither. Clean it all up real good and leave it alone, maybe polish what you can. Paint or powder will eventually start to chip/ peel/ scratch and then you'll be on here searching for ways to strip an entire engine of paint or powder coat, which takes way longer than it did to spray it on.

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    I kinda like the look of powder-coat....

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    If you're into the polished look....



    Ya could lay down a shine and top-coat with clear powder ....
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    Polish it, screw paint. Paint is like an ex.

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    Hell yeah ....

    Polish has a really nice look to it ....


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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeySTL View Post
    i want the black engine/trans look! i have a cheapy 2000 sportster i have been wrenching on. i am a total novice with engines/trans so i am reluctant to take the shit all apart and bring it in for a powdercoat!!! altho my typical way of doing shit is the right way so i also kind of don't want to spray can paint it altho i know how to use a spray can the right way! now with that being said i work for LOCAL 1 IBEW (international brotherhood of electrical workers) so i am very mechanical and a quick learner! which route should i take and someone who knows what they are talking about feel free to give me some tips and a breakdown of engine disassembly or give me some references as to where i can find some good info to go off of! THANKS BOYS
    Hi don't know how being an electrician is going to help you but, go for it ! Take the motor apart
    And powdercoat it . Then replace the internals with "dialithium crystals "and tell Scotty to turn it
    Up to warp 5 and jettison your ass to the next bar.
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    Careful handling those dilithium crystals ....



    (Worse than 110)

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    I'd recommend the powdercoat over the rattle can. Rattle can jobs quickly fall apart and IMO only look good immediately after you're done painting it. Not saying they cant look or continue to look good, but they'd require constant maintenance...

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    Now that ...is pretty fuckin' funny.

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    Here's a previous owners rattle can job. I swear the guy pulled the seat off and sprayed EVERYTHING else. I can literally take paint off with my thumbnail. It does look like he tried scuffing the aluminum underneath, but the rattle can sure didn't hold up very well. He even sprayed all the chrome shiny shit but failed to scuff or prep it in any way. Of course, then he lost the bike to the sheriffs office after a drug bust on it, so how smart can he be in the first place? LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragstews View Post
    I kinda like the look of powder-coat....

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    If you're into the polished look....



    Ya could lay down a shine and top-coat with clear powder ....
    I talked to my powder guy the other day with the idea of the clear finish over the aluminum. He mentioned he's had issues of yellowing? Have you seen any signs of that with the shiny part in the pic you posted?

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    No Issues.... The powder that I'm using came from Eastwood
    They call it POWDER SUPER GLOSS, Heat and UV-resistant

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    Fuck rattlecanning an assembled bike engine unless touching up a previous abortion for a quick sale. I'd be looking for ways to get all existing coating off the motor instead.

    IBEW OP is in good stead with wiring though, and that's much more useful than making shit pretty. If you want convenient shop power that's portable, make yourself a personal spider box like you see at work, and run it off a 240v single phase outlet at home. Even a dryer or range outlet will get ya ~30 amps or better and if you rent you can take cable and box with you. I use cords in my shop for easy reconfiguration but a couple of spider boxes next on my list for less plug swapping. OP can also accumulate the parts for a rotary phase converter cheap or free and be able to run three phase machine tools (three phase is superior for smooth operation/cut quality and reversing), grinders etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragstews View Post
    No Issues.... The powder that I'm using came from Eastwood
    They call it POWDER SUPER GLOSS, Heat and UV-resistant
    Thanks.

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