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Old 06-18-2013, 07:52 PM   #1
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We have old railings for our staircase that we were gonna toss and get new baluster with wood railings. After giving it some financial thought we think we want to keep them and get the re-done. What kind of finish can we do to them to make them look real nice....powder coat etc.? I have a friend who does powder coating and other finishing. Thanks.

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Stripping and powder coating is about the best you can get.

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I have a friend who does powder coating and other finishing.
Call him..........
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Stripping and powder coating is about the best you can get.
Spoke to my friend and he said he had never really done stripping... Everything he coats is new. What do you use to strip the railing. He has a booth for his powder coating. Thanks
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Spoke to my friend and he said he had never really done stripping... Everything he coats is new. What do you use to strip the railing. He has a booth for his powder coating. Thanks
You would need to get it sandblasted.
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You would need to get it sandblasted.
What trade or who would do sandblasting? Trying to look in craigslist but can't find anyone?
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What trade or who would do sandblasting? Trying to look in craigslist but can't find anyone?
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Any real metal refinisher would have a sand blaster.
Some bigger machine shops will have one.
In your area I'd bet there company's that do nothing but sandblasting.
I used to take some stuff to a guy who made grave stones, they used it for making the letters.
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Any real metal refinisher would have a sand blaster.
Some bigger machine shops will have one.
In your area I'd bet there company's that do nothing but sandblasting.
I used to take some stuff to a guy who made grave stones, they used it for making the letters.
You can buy one of those small units that work by siphon and they work pretty good if you have a good supply of compressed air, and patience if you dont. You can just use play sand to do your railings.
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You can buy one of those small units that work by siphon and they work pretty good if you have a good supply of compressed air, and patience if you dont. You can just use play sand to do your railings.


What is it? I have an air compressor. Thanks
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Don't fuss with a Mickey Mouse DIY setup. Since they can be removed, take them to someone who does this all the time. In addition to sandblasting their are soda and cryogenic blasting abrasives. You can do real damage in a hurry sandblasting.

Then worry about powder coating or priming and painting them.
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Don't fuss with a Mickey Mouse DIY setup. Since they can be removed, take them to someone who does this all the time. In addition to sandblasting their are soda and cryogenic blasting abrasives. You can do real damage in a hurry sandblasting.

Then worry about powder coating or priming and painting them.
I was told I can use some type of gel/stripper/paint remover instead of sand blasting. Do you know of a good product? Thanks
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I was told I can use some type of gel/stripper/paint remover instead of sand blasting. Do you know of a good product? Thanks
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Your paint store will have gel stripping products. Some might work but metal can be porous and the heat from the chemical reaction can melt the paint into the pores. And a stripper will do nothing for any oxidation issues if present.

Do they have to be completely stripped by the way? Could you wire brush flaking parts and any rust and go from there? Obviously if eclectrofinishing or powder coating you have to get to bare metal.

Sand, soda, CO2, etc. blasting should not be that expensive since you can take the rails in. Doesn't your powder coating friend know of someone who does such things if you are having trouble finding somebody?

If you end up having to rent something, I would still stay clear of a sandblaster. You can rent CO2 equipment and it should be a bit safer save for the risk of burns from working with cryogenic material (be sure and get the thermal gloves, etc.). With it you will not have a bunch of sand to deal with either.

I would be surprised if trying to DIY on this project is going to save you much if anything by the time you buy all the abrasives, rent the equipment, etc.
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What is it? I have an air compressor. Thanks
I have a Mickey Mouse Unit like to 100lb unit on Harbor Freight. I picked it up on ebay for 40 bucks. I was actually surprised at how well it has worked, but you do need enough air or at least enough beer while you wait for your compressor to built up enough air to continue. I have a 3.5hp CH compressor, belt drive two stage, CI twin cylinder 26 gallon. Sedester is probably right if you have more money and less patience than time, and a pickemuptruck.

Personally, I don't see how anybody can run a powder coat shop without a sand blaster, but then, a lot of things seem to amaze me nowadays.

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