Well, we have finally come to the disassembly point in our build. Kind of an oxymoron really but were getting everything ready for powder coating. AQUALU HIGHLY RECOMMENDS YOU PRE-FIT ALL YOUR COMPONENTS PRIOR TO PAINTING OR POWDER COATING. We have received a lot of questions throughout the years in regards to painting or powder coating one of our tubs, so I will fill you in on what our customers have done in the past. Powder coating is the easiest, once you have pre-fit everything and are ready for some color, Block out and prep your tub and send them off to the powder coaters. With this method, there will most likely be some minor imperfections visible through the powder coat. For a more show room finish, some of our customers told us that they have used the powder coat as a primer base then sanded and prepped for a top coat finish. If you want to go straight to a body shop to have them lay down some automotive paint, we recommend starting with a coat of etching primer, then your high build primer before moving onto laying down some paint. Or you can simply Sand and polish our tubs for a mirror finish. Whichever method you chose to go with when it comes to putting some color on one of our tubs, one thing will always remain the same; a paint job is only as good as the prep work. For our frame, we sent it off to have it sandblasted. 2 days later it was ready for us to go pick it up.
Before sending it to get powder coated we had a few last minute items that needed addressing and of course more prep work.
Jason Fritz at Protek Powder Coating helped us out again when our frame was ready for some color. We chose to go with a textured black for our chassis and as our accent color for most of our accessories on the truck. Nothing too flashy but it provides a great contrast against the color we chose for our truck. It wasn’t long before we had our Frame back from Jason and we could start piecing it all together again for the last time.
*Disclaimer, Aqualu only builds vehicles for in house abuse, we do not offer build services.*