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Advice on how to effectively prepare and apply powder coat to your wheels

Posted by on November 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Advice on how to effectively prepare and apply powder coat to your wheels

Despite being one of the smaller components of the exterior, a car’s wheels can really make or break its appearance. By having a nice set of rims and a great ride height adjustment, you can turn a car that is ready for the scrap heap into a head turner. The opposite case is also true: poor wheels will take away from a masterpiece of a vehicle. By using a powder coat, you will be able to give your set of wheels a great service and make them stand out. Here are some tips to do just that. Preparation Just like painting a car, powder coating requires that the surface be clean and has no materials that will cause the coating to not apply comprehensively. You should use a pressure washer in order to blast any of these excess substances off of your wheels. When you powder coat, you are building a high quality coating that will give a smooth and alluring look to the wheels. There are many different products available that you can use to help clean the wheels, including chemical and mechanical options. When the wheels have been washed down, use a solvent to remove any grime or grease. While doing this, you should wear a set of durable gloves in order to avoid damaging your hands as well as to prevent the oil that is found on your skin from causing imperfections on the wheels when they have been powder coated. Make sure that you have properly grounded the wheels and taped up any components that shouldn’t be powder coated. You should use a high temperature masking tape to mask off any holes where the wheels fit onto the vehicle, as you don’t want to have any problems refitting the wheels. Application Make sure that your wheels are properly protected before you apply the powder. Using an effective powder gun will provide a smooth and complete cover on the surfaces. You don’t want to have any missed spots or imperfections after you are done. Always add an extra layer of powder, as this will make future cleaning of dust and grime much easier. If you wish to get a very deep and wet looking finish, apply a high gloss powder as your second layer. Applying a coat of powder to the inside of the wheels will also protect them from corroding. You can use a more basic coating for the inside of the wheels, as they will not be seen once they are...

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What Are The Types Of Engraving Used On Trophies?

Posted by on October 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Are The Types Of Engraving Used On Trophies?

Trophies are often considered the highest honour or award in a large number of occasions, including school prize giving days, sporting events, and even for recognition of outstanding employees at the workplace. Quality engraving of trophies helps to improve their quality as well as aesthetic appeal. There are various techniques used to engrave trophies, some of which are discussed herein. These techniques differ in terms of equipment used, the cost of production and the final appearance among other factors. Engraving Through Sublimation Sublimation is the most widely used type of engraving used on trophies and is often the standard engraving offered by engraving specialists. The great popularity of this engraving method can be partly attributed to the fact that it is the quickest and most affordable engraving technique available. Under sublimation, engravings are printed and pressed on metal plates before being attached to the trophy. Sublimation permeates the metal’s polyester finish as opposed to extracting material. For this reason, sublimation is technically not considered an engraving technique. Sublimation allows for both full and single colour engraving. Engraving through sublimation gives the best results when used on light coloured trophies such as silver anodized aluminium and stock gold. Laser Engraving Laser engraving is a highly adaptable engraving technique which offers clients a limitless choice of designs and material. It is a relatively expensive option mostly because the production process is time consuming. The cost of laser engraving is also affected by various factors, including the amount of text to be engraved, texture and depth of graphics, as well as font size and type. Under this technique, materials are extracted through the burning of imprints into the material. Laser engraving typically produces white or translucent letters. Colours such as gold and silver are often applied after laser engraving so as to highlight imprints and improve their visibility. Computer Engraving Computer engraving employs the use of a machine that features a diamond-tipped head. The diamond -tipped head helps to scratch markings defined by a computer onto the object. Text is typed into the computer and automatically transferred onto the trophy. As such, engravings done by computer appear in the same colour as that of the trophy. Readability of engravings can be improved by filling them with a different colour. The major setback with computer engraving is that it is only suitable for flat objects and it does not support engraving of graphics. Next time when looking to honor someone with a trophy, be sure to choose the most appropriate engraving technique, and talk with trophy and engraving professionals for more...

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