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Thread: Pros/Cons: powder coating vs anodizing

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    Ok so you mask the tube and the valve and it worked out fine? did you sandblast or prep the the lower casting?

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    You would need to remove all other metals (valve) for anodizing as well.

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    Yes prep is still the same, strip,blast,treat, shoot and bake.

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    So has anyone removed the valve? What's involved in removing and replacing? Any parts needed to replace like seals or anything?

    And why would HD tell me it's not a good idea to do that?

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    Oh9bolt, i know that seemed like some what of an obvious question. BUT The reason I'm asking this question is for several reasons.
    :p I just saw that you posted something and felt like I needed to post something in here. It is a good question, sorry I cant help.

    Carry on.

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    You will end up replacing all seals and new fluid. Not difficult at all, got the service manual? Detailed instructions in there but can be done without the tools listed.

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    Valves pulled. Problem solved! Off to powder coat tomorrow to finish it up!

    Preciate the help all!

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    When I wanted to have my forks done, I was told by one person(local shop, reputable guy who knows his stuff, although not in the powder coating business) that the forks would have a chance of leaking if they baked them.

    I was then told by the powder coater that he does them all the time and nobody has ever come back to him and told him they leaked.

    I trusted the powder coater since that is his field, however, after researching what the lower fork legs cost brand new from lshd1.com, I just bought them new, it wasn't expensive at all. IIRC it was like ~$60 per side.

    I'm picking up some more parts that I had coated today. I love powder coat, it is extremely durable, and very reasonably priced.

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    that is reasonably priced! i would assume they cost more than $60 each.



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