Powder coating is actually fun. I recently spent a day with John Kennedy, of Pulplogic.com, to learn how to powder coat a couple of my rack enclosures. Considering I had never powder coated before they didn't turn out too bad.
In the past I have used commercial shops such as ECP in El Cajon. But, this time I wanted to give it a try myself.
John's oven was only big enough for the panels and rack face plate, so I ended up spraying the rest of the enclosure with some textured automotive paint. Overall I would say "not bad for prototypes".
Of the many colors we tested throughout the day only a couple really turned out. Blue and black were the favorites!
The hammertone blue looks pretty good in person. I am looking forward to seeing how well it looks with some anodized front panels.
The next task for these two 19" rack units is to have some front panels made so I can evaluate the various color options. I'll keep you posted as things progress.
Thanks for reading,