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Powder Coating for Cleats?

A friend has offered to powder coat my aluminum cleats. They we originally anodized and dyed black and over the years the dye has bleached out. Have any of you powder coated cleats? If so, would you recommend it?
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Re: Powder Coating for Cleats?

Sounds pretty nice. I've seen it more in automotive applications; engines, wheels etc. You might hit some automotive sites or forums and ask around there and see what the durability is. You can anticipate some salt and grit on your lines that would abrade the powder-coat finish.

I belong to a Ford Explorer forum and there's a guy there goes by Turdle

Let's see, what can I powdercoat today? - Ford Explorer Ranger Enthusiasts "Serious Explorations"ģ

Maybe you could ask him, he's been doing this for ages and if it sits still he'll PC it.
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Re: Powder Coating for Cleats?

I wonder how easy it is to do? All my cleats as Al, and the 30-year old anodizing has almost completely worn off. I'd love to make them look better than scabrous dirty silver. On the hatches, the matt black heatproof paint works well, but on the cleats that would wear off in 10seconds....
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Re: Powder Coating for Cleats?

As in the other post: No.

And if you can't find an anodizing shop, you can buy "gun blacking" or home anodize kits from any gunsmithing supply shop.
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Yes, I did so on my last boat and it looked fantastic, I did all deck.hardware and port frames in weathered bronze.
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Re: Powder Coating for Cleats?

Thank you. When I explored having the hardware commercially re-anodized and dyed the prices quoted were too rich for my blood; the cost greatly exceeded the cost of new and the vendor wouldn't warrantee the finish. Home anodization and dyeing is very expensive, filthy, and dangerous and then you have to dispose of the chemicals.

Thanks for the tip on using gunsmithing source. A quick Google search turned up "Birchwood Casey Aluminum Black Metal Finish" but the customer reviews were quite negative.
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Re: Powder Coating for Cleats?

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As in the other post: No.

And if you can't find an anodizing shop, you can buy "gun blacking" or home anodize kits from any gunsmithing supply shop.
The correct answer: NO, not even for free.

The problems is that if there is a coating failure the corrosion will concentrate on that one spot. Most likely the failure with be on the underside where the rope runs, and a crack can start there.

Pretty, but don't pretend it is a functional procedure.

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I've had coated and bare masts and booms (2 each). The coated ones looked slick but pitted severely with every failure, and often the damage was hidden. Never a problem with a bare spare.
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You'd be hard press to get a good powder coating to fail, I did mine after years of using pc'ed components in the off-road environment.

But, as they say, each to their own
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