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don't know if I'm crazy or not ..
but what would be the draw backs of powder coating all the body parts that bolt on..(cowl/doors/hood/fenders/etc)?
I know the hood if fiber is out.. and power colours are limited..
but colour matching the paint to the power colour.. shouldn't be a problem .. with the dig camera and computer programs the jobbers have now for matching colours that are unknown .
so what would be the downside of doing this...
as I'd think for a car thats driven and worked on (tuning at the track/etc)
this would be a great idea...
 

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Matching The Color, Depending On The Color, May Not Be That Hard, But Blending The Finish Wont Be That Easy. It Will Be Very Hard To Make A Powder Coat And A Paint Finish Match On The Body When They Are Side By Side, Ie: Fender/door To Body. Plus The Cost To Have Someone Prep The Parts Then Powder Then Bake Are Going To Be Up There. If I Was Going To Powder The Body Parts I'd Powder The Whole Car. But The Powder Coat Is Not As Easy To Fix If Does Become Damaged.
 

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You beter have a dayum straight car if you are going to powder coat because Bondo (tm) will not hold up to the heat and you can't even primer it, You need bare metal.

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In the April 2007 (not even March yet) issues of Super Chevy, a body shop use powdercoat as you would epoxy primer. Then did all bodywork over that.
As far as using it as a final paint coat, thats another story. Too many variables and would be more trouble than its worth. My .02 cents worth.
 

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Powdercoating cures at 400 degrees.
I'm wondering how the body panels would react to that heat...warp???
 

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why would you primer anything..
they don't prime parts that are powercoated now.

EXACTLY, I just don't think you could ever get a car body straight enough without at least primer to level it out. I don't care how good a body man you think you have, Everyone uses some sort of filler to get it flat before paint. You can't use primer if it's going to be powdercoated.

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Powder coating is great for a lot of parts on your car, unfortunatly, the exterior sheet metal is not a good one. Use powder coating on the frame, core support, inner fenders, control arms, springs, steering parts (not the idler arm or center link- it'll ruin the guts). Basically, anything that can take the 400 degree cure temp. You could do powder as a base primer on the sheetmetal- warping wont be a problem, but color match will be a nightmare and repair work would be tough. Powder has its place and so does paint.
 
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