Frequently Asked Questions
What is POWDER COATing?
Powder coating is a surface coating process that, unlike liquid paint, is applied through electrically charging paint particles to a metal substrate like aluminum, steel, iron. Once adhered to the surface the object is then baked(cured) in the oven typically at around 400 degrees. The process is superior for everyday items like rims, auto, and motorcycle parts as well as new metal fabrication like gates, railings, and other restoration projects.
WHY POWDER COAT?
A powder coated finish offers superior scratch, impact and chemical resistance. It can handle UV and salt conditions more readily than even today’s most sophisticated paints. The process is more economical and environmentally friendly. Unlike paints which rely heavily on solvents, powders reduce VOC emissions and the quick cure process allows fast turnaround that delivers a long lasting, durable product.
HOW BIG ARE YOUR OVENS?
We have two ovens. Oven 1 has internal dimensions 4’6”wide x 7’ height x 5’ deep. Oven 2 as internal dimensions 4’6” wide x 10’ height x 20′ deep. It is big enough to do large railings, truck frames or racking many parts at once.
How quick is the average turn around on a project?
Provided we have your powder in stock, the single coat powder and cure time is generally 1-3 hours depending on project size. Two coat processes, primer coats and candy translucence’s require longer times due to the complexity of the application. If your part needs sand blasting and metal prep please allow even more time. It is always best to call and make an appointment for the fastest service. Call 808-667-9690
How much do rims cost to powder coat?
When inquiring about wheel restoration pricing it’s important to note that pricing can vary widely. Basic single coat applications and colors generally are cheaper, whereas, 2 stage coating can be almost double that primarily because it gets “baked” twice. Prices for rims in Hawaii can be on the higher side as the cost of doing business is more than compared to the mainland. Most rims come to us needing full-restoration which includes chemical stripping, sandblasting, coating and powder. Our range is from $80-$100 with some moped rims around $60 for in-stock colors like black, white or silver. Larger rims go up from there and will range between $120-$250+ or more depending on the customer’s rims size and finish specs. This could be anything from large rims with single stage powder applications, 2-coat systems using primers, illusions and clears to two-tone effects which require taping off to achieve the desired effect.
What's your General Disclaimer?
General Restoration/Powder Coating Warranty & Disclaimer: Although we do our best to give you an accurate estimate before accepting any job certain conditions may arise; these unknowable’s which may arise during the restoration process, could allow for additional labor and materials that is otherwise unknown or undisclosed to us by the customer. Additional charges may apply. Not responsible for any irregularities in the powder coat finish due any unforeseen impurities, current state or quality of metal as a consequence of its age, construction or fabrication. The powder coat process acts as a protective finish only and does not warranty in any way the structural soundness or future performance of your metal part and/or mechanism. Generally under normal wear and tear you can expect our finish to last a minimum of 3-5 years, unless otherwise noted. There may be some conditions that we may not be able to guarantee any warranty at all.
HOW DO YOU TAKE PAYMENT?
Cash or business check and we accept all major credit cards Visa, Mastercard & AMEX. There is a 50% deposit on all orders over $500. Balance due upon completion.
Some areas of my part need to remain free of powder coating. How will you protect it?
Many automotive and motorcycle parts have areas that should not be coated due to threading. We will mask off and plug those places prior to the coating process. Extra charges may apply.
What are the most popular types of powders for everyday use?
For your everyday automotive, industrial and residential projects the outdoor-rated powders like TGIC, Polyesters and Urethanes are the best. They come in a variety of color selection including smooth, textured, hammer tone and veins. Smooth finishes come in Super Mirror, Semi-gloss, Satin and Matte.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE POWDER COAT TO DRY?
Powder coating is not like paint. It does not air dry. It is cured by heat. Generally a part is cured for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Once out of the oven and the part is cool to touch, you can put it in service.
WHAT COLORS ARE AVAILABLE?
Visit the colors page
for a list and links to just some of the colors available or come by our shop to browse our sample swatches. We are located in Lahaina or contact us
Can anything metal be powder coated?
Typically, Yes. Aluminum, Galvanized Steel, Stainless and Steel Alloys and some solid Cast Metals. Provided it can hold an electrostatic charge. It must also be free from any excessive oil and lubricants, rubber coatings and plastic parts. Rust and corrosion must also be removed through blasting and metal prep. Additional costs may apply.
WHAT IS ELECTROLYSIS?
Electrolysis is formed when two dissimilar metals make contact. Energy is charged where the contact is occurring and creates a white powder that then makes the finish unstable and in severe cases corrosion.
CAN YOU POWDER COAT OVER EXISTING POWDER COAT?
Yes. Just a light sanding is required.
CAN YOU POWDER COAT OVER ANODIZED ALUMINUM?
Yes. If the part is clean and free of electrolysis, just a light sanding is required.
CAN YOU POWDER COAT OVER PAINT?
No. All paint has to be abrasive blasted off.
Can you powder coat over body fillers like Bondo?
No. However, we can powder coat over weld sticks and brass fillers.
CAN YOU POWDER COAT NONMETAL OBJECTS?
Yes. You can powder coat glass, fiberboard, and ceramics.
CAN YOU POWDER COAT RIMS WITH THE TIRES ON?
No. The oven temperature can melt plastics and rubbers.
Can I ship my parts to you?
Yes, if they are small you can mail them to us via USPS. For larger parts we offer free pick up and delivery to and from Hawaiian Air Cargo and Young Bros. up to 500 lbs. Before shipping, all parts must be clean and dry. Oily parts can be degreased with brake cleaner or other brands like Castrol Super Clean or Simple Green…the main goal is to make sure the oil is removed. Prior to shipping, please remove all bearings, bushings, labels, plastic, rubber, seals, and weights from your parts. Nonmetallic parts cannot tolerate the heat that is generated during the powder coating process. Please make arrangements with our office ahead of time.
Can I drop my vehicle off for wheel refinishing?
No, we are not a mechanic, service station or auto body shop. If you want your parts done you must bring them to us completely disassembled and ready for the restoration process. We do work with other local businesses in the area if you cannot do this and offer free pick up and delivery at no extra charge. Please contact us directly for pricing and to get help in making arrangements through one of our approved local service suppliers.
Do you powder coat brake calipers?
Yes, but we do not do any wrenching or disassembly. You must bring them in with pistons, seals, bleeder valves, and boots removed.