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Can I get some advice on powder-coating my banjo hardware?

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Sep 18, 2020 - 8:19:52 AM
12 posts since 9/14/2020

So because I'm me, I feel to need to make my mark on all of my instruments and make them my own, I have a henna tattoo on my goatskin tackhead and a faint blue and red galaxy tie-dye effect on my Washburn.

The other day I saw deering had a custom banjo GUI which allowed for different hardware colours, and this got me thinking about colouring my own hardware.

What I ideally want is to colour all of my drum hardware black, including the tone ring, the brackets, armrest etc and pair it with a remo matte black head. I've found some powdercoating services near me but I thought I'd check here first in case this could cause any issues with fitting the parts back together? Are there any easy home alternatives to this or is powder coating the best bet?

Sep 18, 2020 - 10:45:04 AM

410 posts since 1/28/2011

Powder coating is thick enough that it might cause problems if you powder coat the threaded parts, and if you don't, it will probably not look good. It is thick enough that it might affect the sound of the tone ring. Black chrome would probably be better for your hardware.  Check with the powder coating company for their opinion.

Edited by - latigo1 on 09/18/2020 10:47:02

Sep 18, 2020 - 10:53:52 AM

DRH

USA

549 posts since 5/29/2018
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I know two people who have done powder coating in their home kitchen ovens. You have to make sure items you coat can handle the temperature. Last time I looked I found DIY kits from several online sellers, including ebay and Amazon.

The most common flaw I've seen with DIY powdercoating comes from inadequate surface prep. If the surface isn't clean you can get bubbles and fish eyes just as with painting.

EDIT:  What Dave said.  Powdercoating is too thick for threads and other close fitting parts.

Edited by - DRH on 09/18/2020 10:57:11

Sep 18, 2020 - 2:10:52 PM

13207 posts since 6/29/2005

If you just want the parts to be black, not some color, and they are nickel, (not chrome) plated, use Sculpt Nouveau Slate black patina. I will make the metal black and not affect threads.

I provided a link on another thread, but it's easy to find—search for "Sculpt Nouveau slate black"  Plenty of youtubes about it.

Sep 19, 2020 - 7:58:21 AM

73335 posts since 5/9/2007

I have a prototype powder-coated (black) flange from Jimmy Cox.
He didn't continue to powder coat anything else because the finish came out "lumpy".

Sep 19, 2020 - 3:01:40 PM

135 posts since 3/25/2016

Heat-cured "paint" finishes are common in the gun world these days; many such can be cured in home ovens.  Coating thickness, at least in some products, is minimal.  Try www.brownells.com under "Gunsmith Tools/Metal Prep and Coloring" for possible choices.  The Brownells folks are extremely knowledgeable and helpful (they even have a Tech department for questions) and are highly regarded in the firearms industry.

Sep 19, 2020 - 3:10 PM

135 posts since 3/25/2016

Heat-cured "paint" finishes are common in the gun world these days; many such can be cured in home ovens.  Coating thickness, at least in some products, is minimal.  Try www.brownells.com under "Gunsmith Tools/Metal Prep and Coloring" for possible choices.  The Brownells folks are extremely knowledgeable and helpful (they even have a Tech department for questions) and are highly regarded in the firearms industry.

Sep 19, 2020 - 5:22:59 PM

Fathand

Canada

11662 posts since 2/7/2008

Ultimately, powder coat is paint. It is applied electrostatically instead of sprayed but it is still paint.

I once was restoring an Indian motorcycle with rusty rims. I sprayed them with 6 coats of Tremclad aerosol black rust paint, sanding in between and several people mistook them for powder coated because there was lots of well levelled pigment on them.

It would be simple and economical to experiment with painting your hardware. There are thousands of aerosol colours available for automotive and other applications.  Millions of electric guitars are painted and they stand up. Black painted hardware is also trendy in the guitar world.

I built the attached electric mandolin using mostly purchased black painted hardware but had to paint what I couldn't find. Hard to tell the difference.


Sep 19, 2020 - 5:31:10 PM

kww

USA

607 posts since 6/21/2008

Never tried a DIY version, but black nickel coatings are widely used in my industry (aerospace) because we like low reflectivity in our coatings. A DIY version is here:

caswellplating.com/black-nicke...llon.html

I've never tried it.

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