(Topic ID: 110404)

Spray paint a habitrail?


By jibmums

6 years ago



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#1 6 years ago

The yellow habitrail in my Simpsons is peeling and looking rather beat up, but 80 bucks for a powdercoat is a bit steep. Looks like the only alternative is spray painting it, can anyone recommend a good, durable spray bomb from Lowe's or Home Depot?

#2 6 years ago

I do not think regular spray paint will hold up very well. If you were going to do it yourself for the cheapest money, I would go with a sign paint enamel. It is more wear resistant than a rattle can of paint.

#3 6 years ago

The paint will chip in no time and you'll end up with that crap all over the place

#4 6 years ago
Quoted from mcclad:

I do not think regular spray paint will hold up very well. If you were going to do it yourself for the cheapest money, I would go with a sign paint enamel. It is more wear resistant than a rattle can of paint.

Even though sign paint is more durable, I still do not think it would last very long.

#5 6 years ago

I have light sanded, primed, sprayed 3 coats with drying time, and several coats of Polyurethane.
5 years, no issues with Home use on a WCS

I saw my game 2 years ago...meaning 10 years, since I did, and the paint had worn on the bottom rails
where the boll rolls most.

So the paint did wear, and did go some where, but 10 years was pretty good.

A quality urethane in a couple days drying between layers, with a good primer....

#6 6 years ago
Quoted from flashinstinct:

The paint will chip in no time and you'll end up with that crap all over the place

I figured it would wear after a while, but I didn't even consider that chipped flakes might get all over the playfield. Good call, I'll just leave it for now.

#7 6 years ago

$80 just for powder on a habit trail? That seems expensive. I think some places will do all the armor for $125

#8 6 years ago

The habitrail is the only part that's yellow, and the only thing I need to recoat.

#9 6 years ago

I had 4 BSD wireforms powdercoated fo $50.

#10 6 years ago

If you get that habittrail powerdercoated it should be $25 bucks.

#11 6 years ago

Talk to pinchroma here in the forum. I know he powder coats

#12 6 years ago

You just want the habit trail done? It's a tspp or de Simpsons?

#13 6 years ago

DE Simps. Just the yellow one, my green one is still nice.

#14 6 years ago

Don't do it. This will surely chip and flake over time.

^^^
From his pictures I think Alex can hook you up.. Pinchroma

I hear lots of good things also about Mike Chestnut. Forum search says this is contact info

hpugto@gmail.com

Good luck with project.

#15 6 years ago

Don't paint it

#16 6 years ago
Quoted from Shoot_Again:

Don't do it. This will surely chip and flake over time.
^^^
From his pictures I think Alex can hook you up.. Pinchroma
I hear lots of good things also about Mike Chestnut. Forum search says this is contact info
hpugto@gmail.com
Good luck with project.

Mike only does plating. And he's a master at it. If he wants it brass or chrome mike is great.

#17 6 years ago

I dont know if it was originally painted or a coating so I'm just wondering....would Plasti-Dip work? Thats the product you can use to dip the end of tool in for a plastic handle etc. It does come in spray also but not sure how uniform you would be able to get it. Just a thought....

#18 6 years ago
Quoted from ff6735:

$80 just for powder on a habit trail? That seems expensive. I think some places will do all the armor for $125

That is horribly expensive. There is a place near me. I had 4 Marquee trims (arcade games) 2 Habit trails and 2 misc parts powder coated and it was $75 and I thought even that was expensive.

#19 6 years ago
Quoted from futurepinhead:

That is horribly expensive. There is a place near me. I had 4 Marquee trims (arcade games) 2 Habit trails and 2 misc parts powder coated and it was $75 and I thought even that was expensive.

It's not. You guys have no idea what goes into powder coating That one habit trail done properly is about 2-3 hours worth of work and about 10 dollars in material. So $80 is about right assuming the place is chem dipping, properly blasting, acetone bath, etc.

Also most places don't do just a single small piece because firing up the oven costs a tremendous amount of money. I wouldn't do a single small piece because the second i start the oven to bring it to 400 degrees for one small piece i'm already in the red.

Anyone doing the work for "peanuts" I can assure you is skipping essential steps and taking shortcuts.

#20 6 years ago
Quoted from Pinchroma:

It's not. You guys have no idea what goes into powder coating That one habit trail done properly is about 2-3 hours worth of work and about 10 dollars in material. So $80 is about right assuming the place is chem dipping, properly blasting, acetone bath, etc.
Also most places don't do just a single small piece because firing up the oven costs a tremendous amount of money. I wouldn't do a single small piece because the second i start the oven to bring it to $400 for one piece i'm already in the red.
Anyone doing the work for "peanuts" I can assure you is skipping essential steps and taking shortcuts.

I stand corrected. Thanks for the info.

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