Can springs be powder coated?

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Can springs be powder coated?

Post by jamescarruthers » Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:52 pm

Does anyone know if suspension coil springs can be powder coated or is this likely to crack and they need paint (maybe even special flexible paint).

I ask because my car looks stupid with the Monroe springs on the back and I would like to put the originals back on to restore the correct ride height. I kept the originals (I think) and they have a bit of surface corrosion so it's either paint or powder coat.‎
1987 Volvo 480 ES, 507274, 217 - Red (Ness)
2001 Volvo C70 2.4T convertible (Olivolvo)
2003 Renault Avantime 3.0 V6 (Big Ren)
2008 Mini Cooper convertible (Mau)

Previous 480's:
J123 CFU -- ES
J449 MNL -- ES auto
D864 CPV -- ES
L691 JFC -- Turbo
F70 MNR -- ES
H858 FGV -- Turbo auto
E981 KHM -- ES (509849)

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Re: Can springs be powder coated?

Post by Jay-Kay-Em » Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:24 pm

Hi JC

I visited my shot blaster / powder coater on Monday with all my worthless junk.... sorry, critical 480 parts. :lol:

He said he wouldn’t do the anti-roll bars for this very reason.

He knows his salt so I’ll take his word.

It’ll be down to me and Hammerite’s finest I guess.

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Re: Can springs be powder coated?

Post by jamescarruthers » Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:29 pm

Cheers JKM. I’ll just paint them in this case then. I had all my suspension stuff powder coated so will take a look at my anti roll bar and see if it is all flaky now!
1987 Volvo 480 ES, 507274, 217 - Red (Ness)
2001 Volvo C70 2.4T convertible (Olivolvo)
2003 Renault Avantime 3.0 V6 (Big Ren)
2008 Mini Cooper convertible (Mau)

Previous 480's:
J123 CFU -- ES
J449 MNL -- ES auto
D864 CPV -- ES
L691 JFC -- Turbo
F70 MNR -- ES
H858 FGV -- Turbo auto
E981 KHM -- ES (509849)

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Re: Can springs be powder coated?

Post by Alan 480 » Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:37 pm

IMHO some springs ARE powder coated, but cannot comment on how long it will last, depends on how much flex they get?

the ARB on the C30 & SS1 are/were powder coated, but flaky at the ends. To be fair the SS1 is getting old (1985) and seen plenty of the salt in NE (Scotland) so I just removed the remains (from the SS1) with the corner of a VERY rough file, then 40 or 60 grit belt sander, just to finish things off!

plenty of companies 'claim' that it is OK, but I guess 'limited' warranty? :wink:
Alan

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Re: Can springs be powder coated?

Post by cranna21 » Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:12 am

I've had springs and antiroll bars powdercoated before and they're still holding up just fine, it won't last forever but no coating will!
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Re: Can springs be powder coated?

Post by jamescarruthers » Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:05 pm

Cheers Alan and Fraser. I'll have a think about my options then!
1987 Volvo 480 ES, 507274, 217 - Red (Ness)
2001 Volvo C70 2.4T convertible (Olivolvo)
2003 Renault Avantime 3.0 V6 (Big Ren)
2008 Mini Cooper convertible (Mau)

Previous 480's:
J123 CFU -- ES
J449 MNL -- ES auto
D864 CPV -- ES
L691 JFC -- Turbo
F70 MNR -- ES
H858 FGV -- Turbo auto
E981 KHM -- ES (509849)

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