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Painting aluminium panniers

I have aluminium Hepco & Becker panniers which I like a lot, but fancy painting to make them more individual (and less boring-silver-box) looking. I have come across "Plasti-Kote" spray paint for aluminium; anybody used it or have any suggestions for what works well? Thanks.
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can you powder coat aluminium? pretty sure you can, if you go to the right place it is cheaper than spray paint for a far superior result
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I recently watched Orange County Choppers get some alloy rims powder coated, looked very nice too.
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I'd go with powder coating too probably but if you still want to paint them then ideally you need an etch primer to paint aluminium. Not sure what price it is. This stuff cuts into the metal to get a good base because aluminium oxidises quickly in air and anything you paint on after that just flakes off.

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You can both paint and powercoat aluminium, When powercoating you have to use a lower temperature then when steel so some places will not do it. AS it will be a special run. Call around and you will find someone. Remember that you have to remove any thing that is not able to stand 170 degs or else it will not be there when you get back so you have to drill out all lock and stuff that have been silicone sealed. It is a minor big job but they do look good when they are done.

As for painting. you need to acid etch and prime or etch prime (which are the same thing in the end) the surface before you do anything, then you can use plasticoat or hammerite or well any other paint you want..
Hammerite actually has a special metal primer (Hammerite UK - Metal Paint: Special Metals Primer Usage Guide)
The up side to this is you can use body fills or silicones to fix any damage before hand and the total job will be much cheaper but not as strong.. I should have an example of this (hopefully next weekend at the HUMUK).


edit: oh yeah.. it helps to wash and score the metal for both aplications
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Thanks for the replies. Plasti-kote also do an aluminium primer and you get a choice of colours for the top-coat, put a sealer over the top; so I can exercise my artistic aspirations ( could be a disaster!). The powder coating option seems like a bit of a hassle and potentially expensive; they are just metal boxes after all. When I get round to it, I will post some pics of my efforts......could be a whole new career, well, er, maybe not.
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Truck boxliner [ bedliner] paint is good on the lower surfaces that will get scratched .
It's cheap and easily retouched , colours are limited though .
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The powder coating option seems like a bit of a hassle and potentially expensive; they are just metal boxes after all.
I thought that until I got one bike frame powder coated and painted another. Total cost was £60 on the powder coat, took an hour of my time, and £65 on sanding bits, blasting grit, wet and dry, primer, tack cloth and finally paint. Stripping and painting by hand took the best part of a fortnight doing a couple of hours a day and the result is not as good... If you find a good powder coater near you, strike up a decent friendship with them and pay cash you will never look back!! I'm thinking about having all my knives and forks powder coated.....
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Have a look at this link on using vinyl: Ali Panniers, how to change the colour. - ::. UKGS'er.com .::

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Thanks for the info Tim. More food for thought; choices, choices!
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