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post #1 of 20 Old 03-24-2006, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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powdercoating springs

im looking into a set of rubicon springs, and i wanted the springs to be powdercoated red (its free) to match my skyjacker shocks im getting. would the heat of the curing process make the springs sag in the long run? i really dont want to redo the suspension after i get thiese puppies bolted up. oh yeah, what do the spring companies do to the springs regularly? paint or powdercoat. thanks much


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I do not know much about the springs, but powder coating does involve a lot of heat. A solution might be some good paint. Something with a flex additive. Maybe someone here has powder coated theirs and can throw some more information out there.

As for springs that are colored, I remember when I had autoshop in HS springs had this rubber-like cover on them. This cover would then have the color.
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I too would be interested in a response. I ordered a lift and would like to paint the springs before install. Would a few coats of rustoleum do the trick or would this just look bad after a year or two? I thought about powdercoating but thought about the heat.

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ARENT most coil springs powdercoated from the manufacturer?

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ARENT most coil springs powdercoated from the manufacturer?
I want the springs to match the color of the Jeep. Most springs are black or silver. I want red springs, but not the Skyjacker lift.

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I want the springs to match the color of the Jeep. Most springs are black or silver. I want red springs, but not the Skyjacker lift.

i know im just sayin that they have been powder coated once, why would it hurt to do it again?

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If the mfg powder coated them, it obviously doesn't affect the temper of the springs.

i dont' think they heat the springs red hot to bake in the powder coat, only a few hundred degrees...
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im looking into a set of rubicon springs, and i wanted the springs to be powdercoated red (its free) to match my skyjacker shocks im getting. would the heat of the curing process make the springs sag in the long run? i really dont want to redo the suspension after i get thiese puppies bolted up. oh yeah, what do the spring companies do to the springs regularly? paint or powdercoat. thanks much
If you are getting it done for free jump on it. The heat involved is not that high. 350 degrees or so so the springs will not be affected. I've never seen powder coated stock springs. I think they just dip them in paint. A lot of them are not painted at all.

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Jeepin' Rock Cl is absolutely correct. It would take a lot of heat to alter the properties of a piece of steel, spring or not. It would involve a partial phase change, and in steel or spring steel, you'll never get close to that with the 300*F that powdercoat is baked. There is a guy 10 minutes from my house that powdercoats professionally and bakes his between 300 & 400*F.

Go for it, you shouldn't experience any problems. In addition, you can powdercoat over the top of powdercoat.

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thanks guys for all of yalls fast responses. im glad this is gonna work out. anyways, im off to go muddin

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We have a powder coat line at work and the oven is set for 400 * and it takes about 10 minutes to get through the oven area. I think I would pass on the powdercoating if I was buying a new set of springs but since they are free go for it! I know this does not answer your question but maybe it will give you a idea what kind of heat they go through.
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Painted mine red with rustoleum a year or so ago.
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post back what your results are if/when you powdercoat. I wanna know how they hold up to being compressed and stuff!

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The properties of metal wont change much if at all at those low temps. When metals start glowing red is when you get the real changes in the structure of the metal.

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