Tools: pair of crescent wrenches, flathead screwdriver, WD-40, nitrile gloves, TSP, and powder coat paint
Equipment: sandblaster and powder coating assembly
Step 1: Acquire Target
Step 2: Disassembly
Years of wear and tear and neglect have left this wonderful machine in a state of terrible. In order to get into all the nooks and crannies, I needed to pull everything apart. The nice thing about having a relatively simple machine is that this was also a fairly simple process. I love knowing how things work! I used a pair of crescent wrenches because the hardware was as old as the rest and had a mix of hex nuts and square nuts, so being able to adjust for the oddities was necessary. Flathead screwdriver for the rest.
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Step 3: Sandblast
Step 4: Clean and Prep
You can either dry your parts in the pre-heating over or use compressed air to blow them dry. I've found both work well.
Step 5: Powder Coat
Step 6: Go Do Stuff
The final results? Amazing. The only real cost was the powder, and that was left over from other jobs I've done. This was a quick and simple job because I had what I needed at my finger-tips, and would have been impossible without TechShop.
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